Looking for a playful companion? My perky face and big size match my bold personality. I’m more playful than affectionate and can be too much for little children: I’m better with kids over age 12. I’m reserved with strangers and other dogs, and I’m very protective of family. Barking can be a problem, and I’m emotionally sensitive.
I need and enjoy daily activity, especially outdoor adventures, though I can prefer to take the lead. I’m not a fan of hot weather. My dominant demeanor isn’t good for new dog owners and can make training difficult. However, I’m very trustworthy once properly trained and am suitable for police, rescue, and guard work. I do have a soft, loving side suitable for work as a therapy dog. Note that when bored I can be very destructive; agility, obedience, and even herding courses will keep my mind challenged.
I’m a large breed at 23 to 27 inches tall and 65 to 90 pounds—with trademark beard and eyebrows. Use a bristle or slicker brush a few times a week to prevent matting, and my coat should be stripped two or three times a year. Wash my face after meals to keep my beard clean. Clipping may change my coat’s texture and color—which normally is solid black or pepper and salt.
With good diet, exercise, and a firm hand, I’ll be a loyal family member for 10 to 12 years. The only health issues to watch for are hip dysplasia and a slight risk of lame joints and gastric bloat.