Acquired: Other (stray, given dog by friend etc.)
Centerview, Missouri, United States
Posted February 22, 2014
Oliver was a stray that had health problems from the very beginning. We found him badly beaten, and half starved. Once he recovered he never got very attache to people. Mostly because he never sat still for very long. He was always running somewhere, which is fine because we've got plenty of land. The other dogs would sometimes run with him, sometimes not, Oliver was content either way.
He eventually started to lose his sight, and they about closed up, he developed some health problems that the vet couldn't figure out but it was eventually age that got him. He was pretty independent, stayed outside all the time, ran by himself, and came back to eat when he felt like it.
I realize this isn't much of a review, but I will say he was very calm. There were a couple of times that he was around children, and they loved him. For them he would sit still and let them pet him and didn't mind his hair being pulled on.
For other strangers, such as the mailman he would bark, but never got too close to run them off. He did a good job of keeping away large pests like coyotes too.
Overall, probably the perfect guard dog for a farm, but maybe not much of a companion.