We got Max when he was 10 months. I knew nothing of the breed. He is almost 5 now and doing well. He does not like strangers, barks a lot and is stuck up my rear. All in all he is your typical house Maremma. Not hyper or over active but he does love to go on walls. Max does well with his little sister, a pit mix and our 3 cats. He has adapted well and is a very odd one but we adore him.