We raised Match from a puppy. We drove all the way to Texas to pick him up, and when we first put him in the car he looked up, and as sassy as could be barked at us. He was letting us know how it was going to be, and that He was "it" . He still acts like a Silly puppy at times and can be an absolute clown, but when it is time to work he is all bussiness. Match was EASY to train as a puppy. He caught onto everything very quickly. I have never had a dog who has loved to learn as much as he does. He also is a very loyal, and loving dog. He loves to spend time with us, and is a happy wonderful boy! not to mention drop dead goerous. I would not trade Match for the world. He also passes his wonderful disposition onto his puppies.