Whiskee is by far the smartest dog i've raised, and i've been thru a dozen different breeds. He's fast to learn new commands and eager to please.
However, he has never been interested in fetching. If you throw one his toys, he just gets it and puts it back in his pile. In fact, he is a bit overly possessive of his toys, and sometimes i'll hide them all over just to come home to a nice neat pile again.
He loves nothing more than finding a warm spot in the sunlight and taking naps.
He does well with other dogs, especially after he gets to know them. He's even befriended a few cats. Although, if he feels challenged or threatened he can snap or chase other dogs or critters without fear. He's been skunked twice because of that behavior.
He loves every human he meets, and has a certain fascination with toddlers. He loves to interact with kids.
He is perfectly quiet and content 90% of the time... but when he decides to bark at something (usually a neighborhood cat or the wind) it's less of a bark and more of a scream.
He doesn't do well if he's left alone... he tends to just scream until he realizes someone else is home, even if it's just our other dog (a 15 year old jack russell).
He doesn't enjoy leashes, and frankly if he's with me he doesn't need one. He'll walk with me without wandering off.
He loves to 'fly' when he jumps. He'll take running starts just to jump off ledges, and then do it again and again.
Health-wise, the only problem he's had was when he was born his back legs didn't fully develop as he was much larger compared to his siblings. (even now he's twice as big as any of them). I fed him organs and powdered bones (home prepped) for his first 18 months until his back legs were strong. Now he's a healthy and happy pup.
We gave him some obedience training and had him registered as a Support Dog, and he has visited hospitals and senior-homes and brought only smiles and love.
he's my boy, and i Love him more than most people.
Objectively tho, I could see how if someone wasn't familiar with dog raising, this breed may not be the easiest. He needs a lot of attention, and I could see one of this breed becoming a problem without proper and constant early training.