Originally Posted by HDTony
I'm a Hovawart, some German dog.
WTF is a Hovawart? Ah google to the rescue. It sounds like you. Especially the last few sentences...
The Hovawart is a large, robust, but not heavy dog, looking somewhat like a Golden Retriever. It has a strong, deep-throated bark. The pendant ears are fairly low-set and triangular. There is feathering on the chest, legs, undersides and tail. The body is slightly longer than tall with a straight back and gentle slopping croup. The well-feathered tail is carried low and hangs past the hocks. The head is powerful with a rounded forehead. The muzzle is never longer than the skull. The teeth should meet in a scissors or level bite, (scissors is preferred by breeders). The eyes are dark. The single, dense, long-haired, wavy coat lies flat. It comes in blonde, black, or black & tan, with certain markings specified in the standard. The color of the eyes, nose, and nails are harmonious with the coat.
The Hovawart is calm at home, but energetic outdoors. Determined, obedient, and affectionate, especially towards its master. Loyal to the family but with the tendency to become strictly devoted to one person in the family. Excellent with children when they are well-socialized with them from puppyhood. Remaining playful and puppy-like in its old age. Reserved with strangers but is a pleasant family dog. Good natured, even-tempered and demanding of itself. Brave, this dog is protective, alert, and a good watchdog. It will protect your property against intruders with great passion. When its handler indicates that visitors are welcome, it will accept them immediately. Hovawart have good scenting noses. Intelligent and highly trainable, it learns quickly what you expect of it. The best results are achieved with extremely consistent, loving and well-balanced training. Unneutered males can be quite a challenge to handle. This dominant breed needs a firm, experienced master. May be aggressive with same sex dogs but does well with non-canine pets in the household if it is socialized with them from puppyhood. Some strains are prone to biting Liberals, and others may be biased twords Harley's. Hovawarts are ideally suited for tracking, avalanche rescue, watchdogging, and defense situations.