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Temperament traits are inherited and can be SOMEWHAT modified by the environment. BUT, you can never make a shy dog become completely outgoing or dominant completely submissive. With hard work and training , those dogs can learn how to control their behavior and become "good citizens" but a careful eye should always be on them and proper corrections done in a timely manner.

It is very important to meet both parents before taking a puppy home, and also do simple temperament assessment of the puppy you intend to buy. Spend at least an hour or 2 just watching puppies play and interact between themselves and with the Mom and also you - unless breeder had puppies already assessed by a professional OR gives you detailed input about each puppy temperament . If he/she says that all are "special" in her eyes and does not "label" any as very active or on the "reserved" side- LOL, you better do the work yourself .

Regardless of parent's temperament , one will always find an array of temperaments in each litter !!!! BUT, if both parents are balanced and sweet, the chance of finding a REAL extreme in either spectrum is rare.
 
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