When choosing a puppy, it is very important to be able to evaluate their skills to determine the character and the way of being of the dog when it reaches maturity. Within all breeds or sizes of dogs, we can find six types of character:
Dominant Aggressive - This dog is extremely dominant and has aggressive tendencies. It is quick to bite and is generally considered not good with children or the elderly. When this dog is sensitive to the touch, it will be a difficult dog to train. It is not for the inexperienced handler. A competent strong handler is necessary to establish hierarchy.
Dominant Tolerant - This dog is dominant and can be provoked to bite. Responds well to an adult family environment, firm, consistent and correct handling is necessary. It can become a loyal pet once it respects human leadership. Often has bouncy, outgoing temperament: may be too active for elderly, and too dominant for small children.
Balanced Active - This dog easily accepts human leadership. It is the best prospect for most people, adapts well to new situations and is usually good with children and elderly, although it may be inclined to be active. It is a good obedience prospect and usually has a common sense approach to life.
Balance Passive - This dog is submissive and will adapt to most households. It may be less extroverted and active than the balanced active dog. Gets along well with children in general and is easy to train.
Shy- This dog is submissive and needs special handling to develop confidence and bring him out of his shell. Does not adapt well to changes and/or confusion and needs a stable, structured environment. Usually safe around children, and bites only under severe stress. It is not a good choice for beginners, because it gets easily scared, and takes a long time to get used to new experiences.
Independent - The independent dog is not affectionate and dislikes petting and cuddling. It is difficult to establish a work or pet relationship with this dog. It is not recommended for children that may force attention on the dog; it is not a dog for beginners.