Ease of Training
His exact origin is unknown
He was developed from a mixture of dogs in 1864
He has been a popular breed among United States presidents
He was one of the first breeds used as a police dog in Britain and Germany
He was used as a messenger and guard dog in wartime
He was used to kill rodents in homes and hunt game
Personality and Behavior
He's sweet natured and outgoing
He loves his master and family and wants to be in on all activities
He is highly protective of his family
He tends to be standoffish with strangers and other dogs
He's swift, agile and very strong
He has bags of energy and loves to play and run around
He is a fearless and formidable opponent - he won't back down if challenged by another dog!
He's highly alert and this makes him an excellent watchdog
If he sees an animal run by he will chase it
He's intelligent and will sometimes outsmart you which can be trying
His independent streak can try your patience at times
He has a high pain threshold so if he injures himself it can go unnoticed
He's easy to train because he learns commands at an above average rate.
He sheds virtually no hair. You'll be hard-pressed to find a hair in your home! (Good for clean-freaks.)
Grooming / Maintenance
Option 1: Clip his coat short every few months and then it only needs to be brushed occasionally.
Option 2: Strip his medium-length coat (pluck out the dead hairs) every 6 months and brush it occasionally.
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