I'm considered dogkind's finest all-purpose worker. I am a large, agile, muscular dog of noble character and high intelligence. I'm loyal, confident, courageous, and steady. I can stand as high as 26 inches at the shoulder and, when viewed in outline, present a picture of smooth, graceful curves rather than angles. My natural gait is a free-and-easy trot, but I can turn it up a notch or two and reach great speeds. There are many reasons why I stand in the front rank of canine royalty, but experts say my defining attribute is character: loyalty, courage, confidence, the ability to learn commands for many tasks, and the willingness to put my life on the line in defense of loved ones. I will be a gentle family pet and a steadfast guardian.