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01-01-2014 11:48 AM
Coastie01 Well I think you guys have failed. I went and visited a breeder last night. Watched the Sire of the unpcoming litter work and man was he impressive. They also had some other dogs from earlier litter all very impressive dogs. I am pretty sold. Going to meet the dam on saturday.
12-31-2013 01:29 PM
DutchKarin Have you seen this video... a little helpful.
I have a Dutch Shep., so I know a bit about the decision. Of course I romanticized everything and then got this little terror. Puppyhood was nothing like my GSD and Aussies, it was really hard. If you knew me, it is probably true that I should really not have gone with this breed, but if you knew me, you know I will rise to the occasion. No turning back now. He is nearly 7 months old now and it is coming together nicely. Smart, fast learner, and good work ethic. I'm training him in SAR and he shows a lot of promise... his nose is amazing. There isn't a lot of down time.
Like others said, choosing your breeder careful is key. My DS is very stable, thank God. His breeder used to breed malinois and competes a lot in IPO. He is a talker so might want to give him a call. Les Flores of De Las Flores Kennel in Washington State. He has a website and lots of Facebook presence.

Good luck. All in all I know I have a good guy and I know he will make be a better person and better trainer. Thank god he is stable enough to deal with my deficiencies. ;-)
12-31-2013 01:20 PM
misslesleedavis1 You dont want a Mal!
Did that work?

Mals are such awesome dogs no good at convincing...
12-31-2013 01:02 PM
Baillif Go with the mal. I effin love mals.
12-31-2013 01:00 PM
GatorDog I just got my first Mal pup, so don't have much to contribute as to her temperament just yet, and won't until she matures some, but I can tell you that she already has drive for days and is very agile for a puppy of her age. My female GSD was similar in structure at this age though, so that's not too uncommon for me. I was nervous about getting a Mal, but the opportunity was presented to me when the female (who is owned by a close friend/training partner) was bred. She is a house pet and lives with a family and two children, as well as another dog. She is really a super nice dog with a stable temperament off the field, and it's the only reason I was so interested in the litter at all.

My pup at 8 weeks is crazy confident, outgoing and social, but I've seen plenty of nervebag Mal puppies (and GSDs too). Just depends on where you're looking. I don't think you could go wrong with a stable, well bred dog either way.

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12-31-2013 11:36 AM
Mikelia I have very limited experience with Mals but my agility trainer has one and her assistant has 2, all females and all are from Ot Vitosha (which I understand is a big working kennel?). All of the dogs are very nice, sweet dogs. They have dabbled in schutzhund but all are heavily titled in agility and the one has taken first place at the AAC nationals and they all place at regionals every year, even with two of them being seniors now. These dogs have been raised by extremely knowledgeable handlers and all are exercised and stimulated A LOT but are all housepets, live with many other animals, do public demos and are just wonderfully trained companions. I admire them every time I see them.
None of them are quick to react, all seem strongly bonded to their person, all are 100% bombproof off leash in high distraction areas without any aversive training, but they definitely are all about the tug at the end of the game.
12-31-2013 11:20 AM
lhczth We had a Mali in our club that was the guy's first IPO dog. She had very good drives to work, but wasn't nutty over the top. She was also his pet, house dog, companion. You just have to know where to look.

We also have a couple of more Mals in the club. The female is pretty darn drivey, but a dog most working people could probably handle. The male is nuts, IMO (and I like strong dogs), but the handler is experienced and has done a good job with him. He is NOT a dog for most working people let alone someone that also wants to live with their dog.
12-31-2013 11:16 AM
Sprout Go with your gut when you know you wont have any regrets! Last thing you want to do is get a BMal and regret your decision.

If by chance you do go that route I can tell you from two years as a decoy for KNPV that these dogs may be the best I've ever seen. Too much for me personally but for someone looking for a dog that can do it all in protection work then go for it.

Been worked over by the majority of protection breeds and nothing ever impressed me more than a well trained Mal. Close second was the Belg Shepherd. But still second.
12-31-2013 10:58 AM
KristiM I was pretty close to getting a mal. I like them for all the same reasons everyone has already stated, health, athletic ability, drive etc. For me I eventually decided that their personality wasn't a good fit. I find them to be very internal, I like an exuberant, expressive personality (like a GSD.) I also find and have heard that mals tend to be very in your face all the time, I like a dog that will be affectionate at times but I personally can't stand a dog in my face all the time wanting attention or activity. I just personally found that I love the working ability but tr personality was just not a good fit for me, I find them kind of irritating lol. But that's all just personal preference, not saying they aren't great dogs with awesome personality.....just not for me. I will always admire them, just like I will always admire the working ability of a border collie but that type of super intense, internal personality is just not what I like. If you like that, then they would be a great dog!
12-31-2013 10:11 AM
Originally Posted by MichaelE View Post
If you want a GSD, then wait for what you want and don't settle for something that is only good enough.

Why is it that some people never have enough time to do the job right the first time but always have enough time to do it again?
I am definetly not settling. I love both Mals and GSDs I am just torn as to which one I really want.

To the person who mentioned my family, this is a sport dog but still has to live with my family.

Thanks everyone for all the input it was helpful but I still am torn LOL
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