He is a mini, so weighs 12 lbs. He has tons of energy, and we have to go on a walk or run every day. Very intelligent, and has learned the rules, tricks, and hand signals very quickly. But also quite stubborn. Now that he is a little older, he likes to see how far he can push.
He is very loyal and a companionship dog might be an understatement. He wants to be right next to me, always! He doesn't run away and has always just stayed by my side. We will be walking around a store and he will stay by me and I never have to look down. He wants to please us, and if he thinks he has maybe done something wrong he gets very sad and fast. He doesn't like it when we are gone a lot, or doing other things. He wants to be the center of attention.
The herding is a strong instinct, and even when kids are running around I haven't been able to train him to not chase them. He tries to bite their shirts that hang down, I think as if it is a toy.
He doesn't do well with new people, and barks at everything and everyone. And is the best guard dog I know. He will even bark at us, his owners, if he can't tell it is us quite yet. Depends on the moment, but he can either be best friends with other dogs or not like them at all. The only time he has been aggressive is with little kids. He growls and has nipped once.
But he is the most affectionate dog, he wants to sleep right next to me and gives me kisses. He always wants to make sure we are safe, and it has brought a lot of happiness in our family.