Guy is new to rescue so we are still learning about him, however his surrendering family included a lot of information w/him. What follows will be from their notes.
Guy is an extremely lovable and loyal dog. Some of his best qualities are that he is very smart and obedient. He knows sit, stay, roll over, come, and wait. He doesn't run away or stray far from home. I have never kept him fenced, yet he always stays in the yard and he has been trained thoroughly NOT to chase cars. Even though we live close to a road, car chasing has never been a problem (though I am still always cautious). Guy is extremely affectionate and that is the reason I chose him when he was a puppy. He loves to have his belly rubbed, his spotted ears scratched, and he loves to cuddle. He will lay still on the bed or couch for hours, just for the chance to be up close with his family.
Some of Guy's challenges are (I believe) quite typical to the breed. He jumps and nips (never bites). He gets really excited when I come home or when we are going out on walks and he jumps on me until I put him on a gentle lead or give him a job to do (like find a stick). All of these behaviors decrease exponentially when he gets enough exercise - a couple good walks a day. He's never had a problem with other dogs except for that sometimes he wants to play more than they do. He's been around lots of other dogs though and there has never been a fight. He is quite submissive. Older children who are capable of being assertive and giving commands could be great owners for Guy. Truly he is an amazing dog... everyone who has every cared for him (like dog sitters, friends, and kennel owners) have fallen in love with him! He bonds quite quickly with new people who show him love and affection.
Guy loves to play with toys, though I've found the best ones are ropes, Kongs and hard bones. He will usually destroy soft toys. He is a barker - - out in the yard, he barks at squirrels; in the house, he barks at UPS drivers and even at me when I come home. Though he does not sleep in a crate any more, he was crated for the first year of his life and still goes into one if I say "crate". He is quite happy there. However, he is not tolerant of being "left out of the action". At times (when I've had guests over) I've tried to put him in the bedroom, crate him, or leave him outside...but he will bark nervously until he is let in. I've found the best solution is just to tell guests how to act around him and let Guy warm up to them. After 5 minutes and the initial excitement is over, he is usually just his calm and lovable self. When I am home alone, he is extremely calm - after our walk, he sleeps in his bed or lays quietly at my feet while I'm cooking or eating. When I watch a movie, he'll curl up with me on the couch. If he wants to play with me, he'll bring me a toy or a ball to throw for a while. He has never chewed any of my personal things or furniture, he doesn't get into the garbage and I've never had any trouble making messes when I leave home. He will stay without being held or tied while I'm giving him a bath or trimming his coat. I use pet sheers to keep his coat short and he does shed quite constantly. On the plus side, he does not have a strong odor and no matter how dirty he gets, he's usually cleaned himself up within the hour.
Given the above information, Guy could *possibly* be considered for a home w/out a fenced in yard...but the home would have to be a perfect fit and management is key. Guy would do best in a home w/kids ages 12+. He has not been cat tested yet. Guy is a lower medium energy dog. He is a bit overweight right now, so that could slightly increase as he sheds a few pounds. So far Guy has been nothing but a gentleman in foster care. He really is a very nice, sweet, loving boy.