I treat my EB like a child too. But then again I don't want children, I got a dog, so it works for us. Luckily we have had no major health problems yet but the like every one said they are not cheep dogs and nether are the vet visits. As for personality, they are awesome! That is what drew my to owning an EB in the first place. They are so friendly, silly, funny dogs! If fact sometimes I say Uni is too friendly, but she still is a puppy. She wants to say Hi to everybody, I and I really do mean everybody. She has even got into other peoples cars when they were friendly to her! And then I couldn't get her to come to me either! I had to pull her out!!!