Flare is a great dog and companion. He is very loving to his owners and protective. He needs a large yard to run around. He does not fit in our family because we are planning to have children. We are not sure if he will do well and we would not want to risk it. He has been known to snap at strangers if trying to pet or get close; therefore he needs to be watched closely. It takes time for him to be ok with other people. We live in a small apartment and use a basket type muzzle when taking him out for walks. He needs long walks and/or runs. Flare is trained.