Acquired: Breeder (professional)
Training: I haven't learned care / training techniques
Posted May 6, 2015
When I was a kid I was addicted to the TV-show Lassie. I really wanted a dog like Lassie, so after a lot of nagging, my family finally got one.
We named him Maximilian (Maxi). He was only a couple of months old when he moved in with us. Maxi and I quickly became best friends, he and the cat also got along well.
Maxi was definitely a smart dog, just like Lassie! It was easy to teach him tricks and he listened to me although I was only a kid. He also understood when I was sad because he always tried to make me feel better. He would look at me with those intelligent eyes and make a little noise, as if he understood what I felt. He was definitely a very gentle and intelligent dog!
On the negative side I think this breed (at least my dog) had somewhat of a nervous temperament. He could get startled pretty easily and he was very suspicious of strangers. Another thing, this breed has a ton of fur that needs to be brushed every day! The fur gets dirty easily when you go for walks in bad weather.
I really enjoyed the 12 years I had with my dog Maxi! He was a great dog and I still miss him!