This dog would stay still for 8hr + at a time and let you use him as a pillow.he would give children piggy back rides. those same children used him as a mattress. he let my 2 year old niece take him for walks even if he saw a cat squirrel he would control his instincts and let her walk him.The only time i ever heard this dog ever growl was when he was protecting my niece from the other much younger dog. Then he got cancer in his throat which caused to be unable to eat he was weak couldn't even walk across the house the vet said it was only a matter of time they could do no more then they had already done they had already given us 3 extra months with him.long story short best dog ever was euthanized yesterday so he would no longer have to suffer