Obedient, brave, loyal, even tempered, athletic, intelligent dogs. They are easily trained, responding best to positive reward based methods.
They possess strong protective instincts and make good guard dogs. They may be wary around strangers.
They require daily mental and physical activity and are well suited for many dog sports such as herding, agility, water work, flyball and obedience training.
They should not be left unsupervised with children. Their innate herding instinct means that they have a tendency to try and "herd" small children and pets.