We have had him since he was a puppy (8 weeks old) he is now 5 years old. It would be an easier transition with someone who has had shepherds before. He is very protective and somewhat anxious dog, but if you show him love and treats he will protect you over everything. He is a Shepard/Husky mix. He has been good around our son who is a toddler and loves playing ball! He has had training and knows the basic commands. He can learn so much more!