They are wonderful, calm, gentle dogs. THey shed like crazy. They can have a doggy smell, but they are great. They do bark. A lot. I personally love the COllie bark, but it can drive you crazy. People who own many of them and show them always have them debarked, which should tell you something about how annoying it can be. But they are wonderful. I love them. My husband hates their heads, or else I would probably have one.