Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Clarkston, Michigan
Re: First time perspective owners - Stranger friendly?
Hello, and welcome to the forums!! TexasRed is right! Probably your best source of information regarding your dog's temperament is his breeder. The two things that will have the biggest impact on your dog's temperament are socialization and breeding... and of course, you can control one but not the other.
I can't speak for all dogs, only my own. Because I adopted him from the dog pound when he was about two, I had no knowledge of his breeding, and no control over his early socialization. That being said, he has the most delightful temperament I have ever seen in a dog. He loves everyone and welcomes everyone enthusiastically. He does have a protective side, too, though. If a contractor is inside my house to do work on something, my boy Willie always places himself between me and the stranger. Again, I am not sure if this is characteristic of the breed, or if I just got lucky! ;D
"Money can buy you a fine dog, but only love
can make him wag his tail." -- Kinky Friedman