We got him at 8 weeks old. He was from a litter of 7. He did not take on typical traits. He has short black hair that is course and straight. He has soft ears and his under side has soft hair. He has been a great addition to the family. He is very protective and strangers are welcome only if he chooses to accept them. He has slowed down in his years though. He was trained to do simple tricks and learned then extremely fast. He has been a blessing. We adore him.