Malinois, Dutch Shepherd and German Shepherd Crosses, Mixes and other assorted Heinz 57 varieties…

Robbie I - BRN 22504 - xMalinois from KNPV bloodlines.
Robbie I – BRN 22504 – xMalinois from KNPV bloodlines.

There is a new rage in Shepherd country! It’s called, can you name that breed? And apparently not many can. This does not stop them from trying tho! They come up with the most outlandish names and varieties for any of the above named breeds or varieties thereof. It even gets treated as scripture now because Professor Google says it’s so… The amount of misinformation going around is stunning and it is growing every day. Even worse, it is fed by so called knowledge of one time Malinois or DS owners that know it all because they own that special type of dog that represents the entire breed. So if they say it is so, you had better take it as scripture or you will be shamed by them in an attempt to make you look bad or ignorant. Yet they do not see that in their own lack of knowledge, and their too soon spoken words of ignorance as they call knowledgeable people fools, that they themselves look stupid, even tho the ones with the knowledge and information are in fact trying to help, or educate. Now I am not going to say I am all knowledgeable when it comes to the Malinois, Dutch Shepherd and or crosses from both… But I do have a small understand of the how and what, the why and when and where. To then witness people undermine and destroy everything both breeds in their pure and cross bred varieties represent is just a slap in the face to many a breed lover. So I am going to once again post the differences in MIX, CROSS and PURE for all three breeds. I will say upfront that my knowledge of the GSD is minimal at best when it comes to bloodlines. I have never had much interest for the breed or working them as they are just not my cup of coffee so to speak. For working purposes I just do not find them as being what is needed in a good dog. Hate me for saying it, plenty of people do but it’s what I feel and it’s based on seeing to many of them fail in general where the Malinois and Dutch Shepherd have not failed. Let me mention this up front. There are no such breeds as:

  • Malinherd
  • Malinshep
  • Shepinois

These are names invented by ignorant breeders in order to get paid when they breed mixes and crosses. And these names are created to look special and interesting and people are stupidly and sadly enough falling for the hype that it creates. Proper Breed Designations are:

  • Malinois (aka Mal, MH, Mechelse Herder, Mechelaar) = Purebred. Bred for confirmation purposes and sometimes used in several sporting venues.
  • xMalinois (aka xMH, xMechelse Herder, xMechelaar) = Crossbred Malinois. Cross bred with either the Dutch Shepherd or xDutch Shepherd, or comes from cross bred bloodlines. Bred purely for working purposes, conformation is not important. Form follows function in these cases. Litters from cross bred parents can contain both fawn and brindle pups. Coat dictates breed, Fawn being xMalinois, Brindle being xDutch Shepherd.
  • Malinois Mix = Malinois or x Malinois mixed in with whatever dog was available at the time of heat. Heinz 57 meaning as many variations possible within the mixed Malinois.
  • Dutch Shepherd (aka DS, HH, Hollandse Herder, Hollander) = Purebred. Bred for confirmation purposes and sometimes used in several sporting venues. There are not many Purebred Dutch Shepherds in the US and most that are designated as such are in fact xDutch Shepherds from cross bred lines. They are imported from the Netherlands but somewhere halfway across the ocean, the x eating fairy comes along and the dog enters the US as a Purebred Dutch Shepherd. It’s magic!
  • xDutch Shepherd (aka xDS, xHH, xHollandse Herder, xHollander) = Crossbred Dutch Shepherd. Cross bred with either the Malinois or xMalinois, or comes from cross bred bloodlines. Bred purely for working purposes, conformation is not important. Form follows function in these cases. Litters from cross bred parents can contain both fawn and brindle pups. Coat dictates breed, Fawn being xMalinois, Brindle being xDutch Shepherd.
  • Dutch Shepherd Mix = Dutch Shepherd or xDutch Shepherd mixed in with whatever dog was available at the time of heat. Heinz 57 meaning as many variations possible within the mixed Dutch Shepherd.
  • German Shepherd Dog (aka GSD) = Purebred. Bred for conformation although some breeders are trying to restore the Purebred GSD to it’s former working glory. Has been losing ground steadily over the years due to irresponsible breeding. Many health issues in this breed have ensured the steady decline of the GSD in working venues and Law enforcement and the switch over to Malinois/xMalinois/Dutch Shepherd/xDutch Shepherd.
  • xGerman Shepherd Dog (aka xGSD) Crossbred with either the Malinois/xMalinois/Dutch Shepherd/xDutch Shepherd or coming from cross bred parents. The German Shepherd however is not used often for cross breeding with the 2 other shepherd breeds. Although it was more common practice decades ago, today the quality is such that cross breeding occurs almost only between Malinois and Dutch Shepherds and their cross bred family.
  • German Shepherd mix = German Shepherd or xGerman Shepherd mixed in with whatever dog was available at the time of heat. Heinz 57 meaning as many variations possible within the mixed German Shepherd.

Crossbreeding, why? It’s rather simple really. For over 120 years in europe and more specifically the Netherlands and Belgium, crossbreeding has been done with purpose and view. To provide the better working dog. Cross bred Malinois and Dutch Shepherds are primarily from either KNPV (Royal Dutch Police Dog Association) lines or NVBK (National Society of Belgian Cynophilia)  lines. Both groups have a love for the working quality and never saw much use for conformation in the working breed. They value strength, character, health and workability and their breeding lines have proven themselves time and again to be high quality. There is a reason that the breeds are to be found worldwide, in any venue or real life scenario thinkable. Workability trumps conformation! Sure, a dog may look pretty, but if it doesn’t work, as the breed was intended to do in its origin, then it is useless as a whole. Make no mistake in thinking that just because these shepherds are cross bred their lineage is unknown. Each breeder and or owner of a cross bred Shepherd is up to date on the bloodlines and knows where his dog came from, and why it was bred. Well, there you have it. The breed designations and a small bit of history, wrapped up in a tiny rant of sorts.

Regards, Alice Mckenzie.

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The Belgian Shepherd – Malinois, Purebred.

Cora de L'Enclus - September 13th 1903
Cora de L’Enclus – September 13th 1903

The shorthaired shepherd could be found in the Antwerp and Dutch border area around the early 1900’s

These dogs were primarily found at farms where they performed an important daily routine of guarding and protecting the farm, its livestock and its inhabitants of those willing to do harm. The Malinois was described by Professor Dr Reul (founder of the Club Chien du Berger Belge in 1891) as follows: They have the size of a fox or wolf, are short haired and have a fawn streamed color, their ears are admirably straight, fine and pointed, worn openly and pointing forward. Other traits are the pointed snout, the black nose, the well carried tail, worn almost straight but slightly elevated at the tip, shaped not unlike a wheat stalk in its outer appearance

In 1898. In Malines/Mechelen Belgium the Club tot Verbetering van den Kortharige Schaapshond (Club for Improvement of the Shorthaired Sheepdog)  was founded. Its purpose was to improve the types of the short haired Belgian Shepherd as it was primarily bred in the Mechelen/Malines area.

Until the year 1899 the Belgian Shepherds were subdivided in 3 groups. The long, short and rough haired varieties in which the color of the coat was of no importance. In 1899 the CLub Chien du Berger Belge took a one sided decision to divide the groups into colors without consulting with the Mechelse/Malines Club. They were divided into the following groups. Black for longhaired, pepper and salt for rough haired and lion color/fawn charbonné with black mask for the short haired. The Mechelse/Malinois club called this decision a coup of sorts because they had quite the different view and idea on the short haired shepherd.

Before anything, their dogs were to be working dogs. Not the outside of the dog was to be used as a measure but a combination of out and inside. They prefered a well trained dog that had a strong build with a smooth and smart appearance. Color was a distant second in their view since they did not want the breed to turn into a luxury dog, in which it was very likely that it would lose its unique and amazing character.

Character:

The Malinois is extremely loyal, eager to work, determined, has a sharp intelligence, is a hard dog, very attentive smart, courageous, not for the faint of heart. It will protect its family and their possessions in a very convincing way against all wanting to do harm and it is the reason that this breed has been chosen to work as a police dog in many forces in the past and continues to do so today.

A Malinois needs an extreme amount of exercise, they are filled with energy that needs to be drained constantly in order to keep the dog manageable and to ensure that the dog will not find its own energy outlet. Raising a Malinois is not an easy task and consistency is required. A black and white world with no deviation is an absolute must for this breed!  They are the ultimate working dog and have proven time and again that they do not perform well in a low activity environment. They are not to be confused with a random family pet which they will soon prove by showing their breed characteristics.

Specific traits of the Malinois:

Hair, short on the head, outside of ears and the lower limbs. Short on rest of body but fuller around the neck and tail area. At the neck the coat appears to be a fuller and forms a wide standing collar starting at the bottom of the ear and continuing down towards the throat. The back of the thighs are covered with longer fur feathering out towards the back. The tail appears like a wheat stalk but does not form a so called tail feather.

Fur colors:

Mask:  With the Malinois the mask should be very pronounced and extend to bottom and top lips, corners or mouth and eyes meaning one large black mask without fault. For the mask there are 8 very strict visible pigmentation points. Both ears, both upper eyelids and both upper and lower lips should be black.

Flame black (Charbonné) For the Malinois this means that the tips of the fur are black which give the base color a shaded look. This black color should at least be flamed en is not allowed to be visible in large blots and or streaks/stripes. Small amounts of white are allowed on the chest and or toes.

Health:

Hip and Elbow dysplasia can be found in the Malinois as well as Epilepsy.

Weight/Height:

General weight and height for a male are 30/35 Kilo – 60/66 CMs.

General weight and height for a female are 25/30 Kilo – 55/62 CMs.

Maintenance:
The malinois does not need a lot of fur maintenance, A daily brushing during shedding season to remove loose and dead hairs is a must but apart from that there is not much need for anything else. If working your Malinois on grassy or soft areas only then it is wise to keep an eye on the nails to ensure they do not grow too long.

Raising your Malinois:
The Malinois is a quick and eager student willing to learn. Raising a Malinois would normally not be a problem as long as the dog is raised in a consistent manner. The Malinois is known to have a strong character and therefore needs an owner willing to provide the dog with a job or task. If the dog is not provided with a job or task he will start to feel unhappy and will start to show inappropriate behaviour.

As a pup the Malinois is in need of a good and strong socialisation in which it is introduced to different situations, people, animals and areas. This will build a good character in the dog and ensure less problems in the dogs future. The Malinois is good with children but should always be supervised since even the sweetest and nicest dog will at some point react if it has had enough. (children can pull ears, poke eyes, take away toys etc etc…)

Friends and Family will be greeted enthusiastically but do not take this for granted. The Malinois, in its very heart and nature is a guardian and protector of its family and will act according to what the Malinois deems fit in whatever situation.

The Malinois is most suited for any kind of dog sport or working dog venue like Obedience, Bitework, Protection, Flyball, etc etc …. They enjoy participating in these venues immensely due to their high need of both  physical and mental stimulation. A rule of thumb is: A bored Malinois is not a happy Malinois and will occupy itself to relieve its boredom by showing unwanted behaviour and or redecorating your favorite living area.

Regards, Alice Mackenzie.

Save the Malinois. Are you helping, or harming the breed?

I have thrown this title around in my brain for a few days now. Should I make a point out of it, or not? After what I have witnessed over the last few weeks tho, I felt it was warranted to give it a few words in hopes of someone out there reading it, and thinking towards the future of the Malinois instead of just trying to make it look like a dangerous beast that will maim and maul without rhyme or reason…

Nothing brings a group together like a common cause to fight for! We have seen that over the last few months. The release of the movie “Max” was something we all dreaded and we are already seeing the fruits of this movie popping up left and right under the guise of “Pups for sale, get your own Max!” A hard blow for the working dog community to deal with, but deal with it we must, and will! How do we deal with it tho? How do we begin to fight the aftermath of what this movie is bound to create… Where do we start? What can we say to prevent people from buying a Malinois on a whim? And if we can not stop them, what do we do next? Do we take the new owners and put them in front of a firing squad? Or do we make another effort to try and educate? So many questions and so many approaches… Which one to pick and go with?

I have seen groups on Facebook take the educational approach. Trying to help others understand what they will get themselves into when buying a Malinois pup. I have seen pages dedicated to the prevention of buying Malinois all together by simply posting pictures, pictures of eaten furniture, pictures of bite wounds and bruises, pictures of snarling dogs with dripping fangs and I think to myself, where is the backstory on these pictures? Some are posted with a short explanation of what happened but others have nothing more posted to them but “No backstory available” How is this helping? There is just a bloody mess posted, or a room filled with furniture turned to ruin and that’s it. Make up your own mind on what happened there. Feel free to assume away at will. Use your imagination! It’s all for the good of the Malinois breed and the effort to save it from those bastard future owners…

So tell me? How is this helping the Malinois? How are you doing anything but harm to the breed by posting pictures that have no way to explain what happened? How are you teaching people that this can be prevented by doing the right thing and either not choose for the Malinois as a breed to own, or to own it but go about it the right way and ensure you educate yourself before making that large step? I keep hearing the same mantra uttered by these people “If we can prevent one person from buying a dog based on these pictures, then we made a difference”

NO! You did not make a difference! You may have made a difference for that one dog, but what about the others? What about the future of those dogs that you are willingly ignoring? Because that is exactly what you are doing with your actions… You are ignoring their future by posting information that isn’t complete. You are not giving people fact, you are letting them venture into the world of FICTION by not informing them of what can be done to prevent these things, or how to stop these things from happening. You are not teaching these people right from wrong, you are putting the blame of mistakes made by their owners on the Malinois shoulders.

By not giving the information that should be there, you are saying “Look what this Malinois did! It did so WITHOUT REASON”

No where do you think to mention that it might be handler or owner error… No, just a nice gory picture of a dog bite, or a shredded sofa… and let people make up their own minds about what happened. You are literally hammering the nail into the Malinois coffin here by posting things like that… You are laying the groundworks for a BSL (Breed specific legislation) to come into effect in the future. You are ensuring that things do not get easier for the Malinois breed to survive, but infinitely harder! You are trying to do the right thing, yet going around it the wrong way…

I was, at first, going to post the name of a FaceBook page here as an example, but have decided against it for now. They are doing their best in their own crooked way to save the breed even tho they are going about it the wrong way. I can not stop them from doing so. I have tried to reason with them but it is a futile attempt on my part so I have given up on them completely. Pages like theirs tho? They will aid in the BSL becoming fact. They are aiding in the misrepresentation of the breed and in their skewered efforts think that they are actually making a difference. Well they are making a difference for sure, just not the one they imagined…

July 1st, 2015 07.04 AM – Author’s edit: I have decided to post the name of the facebook group after all after seeing such rampant foolishness on that page today that I feel it is time to try and put a stop to it all together. The group is named “Soooo, you think you want a Malinois?”  (click the name to go to the facebook page of this group) It is a dangerous group for the Malinois breed. They are painting a picture of deadly killers with no way to contain them. I would like to ask all who read this to visit the group and boycott this group, to spread the word about the dangers this group will present towards our beloved breed, the Malinois. 

When you are posting pictures of decoys after their decoying and they have bruises and scratches from their hard efforts, and you do not add backstory, you are HARMING the breed. When you post pictures of dog bites, and do not add a backstory as to how the owner got bitten to begin with, you are HARMING the breed! When you post pictures of a half eaten living room, and do not add backstory, YOU ARE HARMING THE BREED.

You are not saying, this is not the dog for your! You are effectively saying “This is a monster that no one can control and that will bite and kill and ruin your life after it ate your furniture.”

You are not saying “This is a working breed, a breed that is happiest when at work and occupied. If you do not give this breed what it needs then it this is what COULD happen to you”  No, you are saying “ This dog is an unguided missile that has a need for blood and flesh and it will go for the throat at the blink of an eye for no other reason than that it feels like it.”

In your unthought out attempts to save the breed you so love, you are pretty close to shoving the euthanasia needle down its leg yourself. May not be today, or tomorrow… But trust me, your misguided efforts are ensuring that that day is not very far away if you keep this up.

So I ask the following of all of you reading this article…

Think before you post! You want to protect this breed! You want to ensure you still have this breed in the future to work with and for it to be your partner and friend… Give all the information you can when posting pictures and or posts. Leave nothing out! Be thorough! There are Malinois lives at stake here! Do not let the Malinois as a whole get punished for the lack of information that others will not post.

The thing to remember here is this… The dogs will get blamed, not the owners…. Seeing a bite wound or bruise without any backstory will only ensure that the owner is blameless in this and the dog will get blamed for it all, with all the consequences of that blame landing on the entire breed in the future. You might think you are helping but thoughtlessness ensures that the breed we all love now will not be there in the future if we do not put a stop to this….
Regards, Alice Mackenzie.

Dear future owner….

Let me introduce myself to you. My name is (X) Malinois. Don’t I look cute?

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This is what I look like now. Cute, cuddly, bouncy and energetic. I am 6 weeks old and ready to throw your life into a maelstrom of changes. I love to play, run, chew, bite, nip and destroy. I am a pup after all! It is what I was born to do. I possess many a drive… the most important drive being the one that will drive you crazy! I am very good at that particular drive if I am not handled as I should be. Now you will say, that little thing is going to drive me crazy? Yes! I feel it is my mission in life to show you the error of your ways in purchasing me if you did so for the wrong reasons… You see, I am not a regular pup. I come from a fierce breed and my ancestors can be traced back to the late 19th century. They were herders dogs, meant to guard the flock, keep the family safe from intruders and those intending to do harm. My ancestors originate from Belgium, from the town of Malines. This is where our protection abilities became clear and where people saw the variety things we were useful for. Let me regale you with some history of my ancestors , and myself, so you get a better picture of what I am, and why I will do what I do…

The Belgian Malinois, Purebred.

The shorthaired shepherd could be found in the Antwerp and Dutch border area around the early 1900’s. These dogs were primarily found at farms where they performed an important daily routine of guarding and protecting the farm, its livestock and its inhabitants of those willing to do harm. The Malinois was described by Professor Dr Reul (founder of the Club Chien du Berger Belge in 1891) as follows: They have the size of a fox or wolf, are short haired and have a fawn streamed color, their ears are admirably straight, fine and pointed, worn openly and pointing forward. Other traits are the pointed snout, the black nose, the well carried tail, worn almost straight but slightly elevated at the tip, shaped not unlike a wheat stalk in its outer appearance

In 1898. In Malines/Mechelen Belgium the Club tot Verbetering van den Kortharige Schaapshond (Club for Improvement of the Shorthaired Sheepdog)  was founded. Its purpose was to improve the types of the short haired Belgian Shepherd as it was primarily bred in the Mechelen/Malines area.

Until the year 1899 the Belgian Shepherds were subdivided in 3 groups. The long, short and rough haired varieties in which the color of the coat was of no importance. In 1899 the CLub Chien du Berger Belge took a one sided decision to divide the groups into colors without consulting with the Mechelse/Malines Club. They were divided into the following groups. Black for longhaired, pepper and salt for rough haired and lion color/fawn charbonné with black mask for the short haired. The Mechelse/Malinois club called this decision a coup of sorts because they had quite the different view and idea on the short haired shepherd.

Before anything, their dogs were to be working dogs. Not the outside of the dog was to be used as a measure but a combination of out and inside. They prefered a well trained dog that had a strong build with a smooth and smart appearance. Color was a distant second in their view since they did not want the breed to turn into a luxury dog, in which it was very likely that it would lose its unique and amazing character.

Character:

The Malinois is extremely loyal, eager to work, determined, has a sharp intelligence, is a hard dog, very attentive smart, courageous, not for the faint of heart. It will protect its family and their possessions in a very convincing way against all wanting to do harm and it is the reason that this breed has been chosen to work as a police dog in many forces in the past and continues to do so today.

A Malinois needs an extreme amount of exercise, they are filled with energy that needs to be drained constantly in order to keep the dog manageable and to ensure that the dog will not find its own energy outlet. Raising a Malinois is not an easy task and consistency is required. A black and white world with no deviation is an absolute must for this breed!  They are the ultimate working dog and have proven time and again that they do not perform well in a low activity environment. They are not to be confused with a random family pet which they will soon prove by showing their breed characteristics.

Specific traits of the Malinois:

Hair, short on the head, outside of ears and the lower limbs. Short on rest of body but fuller around the neck and tail area. At the neck the coat appears to be a fuller and forms a wide standing collar starting at the bottom of the ear and continuing down towards the throat. The back of the thighs are covered with longer fur feathering out towards the back. The tail appears like a wheat stalk but does not form a so called tail feather.

Fur colors:

Mask:  With the Malinois the mask should be very pronounced and extend to bottom and top lips, corners or mouth and eyes meaning one large black mask without fault. For the mask there are 8 very strict visible pigmentation points. Both ears, both upper eyelids and both upper and lower lips should be black.

Flame black (Charbonné) For the Malinois this means that the tips of the fur are black which give the base color a shaded look. This black color should at least be flamed en is not allowed to be visible in large blots and or streaks/stripes. Small amounts of white are allowed on the chest and or toes.

Health:

Hip and Elbow dysplasia can be found in the Malinois as well as Epilepsy.

Weight/Height:

General weight and height for a male are 30/35 Kilo – 60/66 CMs.

General weight and height for a female are 25/30 Kilo – 55/62 CMs.

Maintenance:

The malinois does not need a lot of fur maintenance, A daily brushing during shedding season to remove loose and dead hairs is a must but apart from that there is not much need for anything else. If working your Malinois on grassy or soft areas only then it is wise to keep an eye on the nails to ensure they do not grow too long.

Raising your Malinois:

The Malinois is a quick and eager student willing to learn. Raising a Malinois would normally not be a problem as long as the dog is raised in a consistent manner. The Malinois is known to have a strong character and therefore needs an owner willing to provide the dog with a job or task. If the dog is not provided with a job or task he will start to feel unhappy and will start to show inappropriate behaviour.

As a pup the Malinois is in need of a good and strong socialisation in which it is introduced to different situations, people, animals and areas. This will build a good character in the dog and ensure less problems in the dog’s future. The Malinois is good with children but should always be supervised since even the sweetest and nicest dog will at some point react if it has had enough. (children can pull ears, poke eyes, take away toys etc etc…)

Friends and Family will be greeted enthusiastically but do not take this for granted. The Malinois, in its very heart and nature is a guardian and protector of its family and will act according to what the Malinois deems fit in whatever situation.

The Malinois is most suited for any kind of dog sport or working dog venue like Obedience, Bitework, Protection, Flyball, etc etc …. They enjoy participating in these venues immensely due to their high need of both  physical and mental stimulation. A rule of thumb is: A bored Malinois is not a happy Malinois and will occupy itself to relieve its boredom by showing unwanted behaviour and or redecorating your favorite living area.

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I’m back! Did you miss me? Since I got bored I decided to play around with my favorite toy for a bit until you were ready reading about my purebred ancestors. You would think the story would end there, right? Nothing could be less true! There is another side to the Malinois. It is called the X Malinois, better known as the cross bred Malinois. Those X Malinois like myself come from KNPV and NVBK lines. Now I could go in depth into the KNPV and NVBK lines but I will try to keep it short and sweet this time. Don’t want to end up an old man by the time you read all this!

KNPV is Royal Dutch Police Dog Society. An organisation that has existed for well over a hundred years in the Netherlands. NVBK is the Belgian society of Cynophilia. This organization has existed for roughly fifty plus years now. Most of the dogs you see in the USA today are from either KNPV or NVBK lines.This means we were bred for working purposes and not for looks like my family the purebred Malinois. In the Netherlands the X Malinois has been bred and cross bred with Dutch Shepherds, and in the early years German Shepherds, to ensure the working capabilities of my breed did not get lost. Nobody cared about looks. Looks didn’t mean you had a good working dog, work meant you did… As you can see the KNPV lines are quite old. For over a century KNPV lines have been focused on breeding dogs with character, backbone, persistence, strength, health and drive. Our qualities got recognized world wide and soon we were transported across the ocean to serve as K9 partners to law enforcement and military… We became the go to dogs when it came to protection. We work hard, we play hard, we fight hard. It is in our nature to test and push. We endure, and protect… We are not soft or cuddly although my pictures would make you believe that much. We are fierce and proud, strong and willing protectors of our human friends and partners. This means we want to work. We will not do well in a purely pet situation. Do any of my family members get kept as purely pets? Yes the do… But they are far and few between… We need to keep busy to ensure we are physically and mentally tired. A tired me is a happy me! And when I am happy, so are you! Why? Because I will not be looking for mischief and things to get into. Things I should not get into like eating my way through your lovely rug or sofa, eating your cat or canary, redecorating your interior to unrecognizable proportions… And that is what I will do! I get bored, you will suffer! I need a firm owner. One that will lay down the law and let me know what I can and cannot do. One that will work me, run with me, exercise me and generally keep me a happy dog! I need a responsible owner! One that realises that I am no easy feat to start with. One that is willing to go the distance and keep me for life! One that will train me, love me, take care of me, in good times, and in bad. An owner that will not dump me at a shelter at the first sign of problems… I need an owner that knows what a Malinois is…. If I don’t get that kind of owner, I fear for my future and might end up paying a price that no dog should have to pay. If I end up in the wrong hands I will end up paying with my life. And I like my life! I want to enjoy it, have fun with it, live it! For a very long and happy time with my awesome owner! It’s not much of me to ask for, is it? It is only fair that if I am willing to love and give loyalty until my dying day, I should receive the very same from my owner, right?

So, future owner, I ask this of you…. Before you go out there, looking for one of my brothers or sisters, nephews or nieces… Think! Look at my history. Look what I was bred for. Look at my purpose! Look at what makes me happy! Make sure you can give me all of those things that make me happy and know that I need a lot of attention, time and exercise. I am not the dog you see in the movie Max… Max is one of my nephews who was trained for a very long time. He is getting what he needs! He is trained, being kept healthy and happy and mentally and physically stimulated… When you buy my family, that is not what you are going to get. You will need to work hard to ensure you get a dog like Max. I am not born with buttons to push to make me do what you want. You have to teach and train me to accomplish that. So please think very VERY hard before you buy me, or one of my family members? Make sure it is what you want? Because I will trust in you to keep your part of the bargain and it would be such a shame if you did not keep your part of the bargain with me….

Thank you for reading my story… I’m sorry it was a long one but I needed to help my family out to make sure they do not get into the wrong hands for the wrong reasons. I am going to do what I do best now… Have fun with my owner on the training field!

Signed,

Your friendly and loyal (X) Malinois.

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