I've been pretty interested in this breed for a while, I like how versatile and driven they seem. But as far as I know they are definetly not for everyone. I knwo a few people on here have first hand experience with them so figured I may as well ask. How are they generally with strangers? I gather they are protective but do they remain reserved even after introductions? Is there a tendancy towards DA? How are they generally with other animals? Cats/Horses etc Do they act very differently when out and about as opposed to when they are at home with they're family? How much experience would you suggest an owner have before taking one on? What are the more common health issues in the breed? How trainable are they really? How much do they make you work for them to work? When are they at their happiest? What are they're excercise requirements? How "hard" are they generally? Buster falls apart if you give him a dirty look, Sophie couldn't give a crap if you knocked her down. How many different sports could you fairly stretch them to train for? I've never trained a dog to compete but am interested in trying out a lot of different things in future. Not planning on a Mal for my next dog but just thought I'd put in some research because I can. Anything else? Stories? Warnings? Pictures?