My CC is 12 yrs and I rescued him at about 8 mths. I do not know anything about his lineage or previous life, but he is the calmest dog I have every been around. He has a very dominant personality but he is very good with people and other dogs. A good word to discribe him is aloof. If you want to pet him it is fine but he basically ignores you. His attitude toward me is he cannot get close enough. He has been one terrific dog.