Wellllll...I've had a lot of dogs! Mostly dobermans..6...a basset hound..rescues that were mixed breeds..a Rottweiler..a sharpei/rottie mix and Jake! I'm sorry you recently lost a dog..us too. Our rottie in october..sigh. Jake is nothing like any dog I've ever owned!! NEVER had to wipe a bootie on a dog! He sheds more than even our rottie who I thought was a bad shedder! He's stubborn..but so are dobermans! They are ALL perfect in their own ways.