The protection instinct is very deeply imbedded in this breed and they ‘know’ who belongs and who doesn’t. NOT protective in the sense of an attack dog, it is more ‘guarding’ though they can be very protective of their human ‘family’ also, especially children. Reading up on them before we got her, they apparently protect even against wolves and bears and will also work in teams where some stay protecting the flocks/herds and others will patrol/scout the outlying areas actively searching out predators.
@Richard, they are very cat friendly. Cats like to curl up and sleep in their thick fur and they don’t mind (as long as it doesn’t impede their working).
Oh, did I mention that @ 9 weeks she’s over 20 lbs?