Thanks guys and gals; yeah he is a wonderful dog and a great helper around the house. He is almost ready for the good conduct except for the stay part. In a way I felt cheated by this pup because those pretty ears went up at 7 weeks for a day then 2 days later they went up and stayed up. I agree about the dark coloring and he is actually darker than the pictures show.
Big, yeah he is, just turned 15 weeks and for the past 3 weeks he has been over 40lbs; the feet on this guy are unbelievable and he has already gotten as big as my collie mix and approaching the size of my husky/shepherd mix.