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Old 07-15-2014, 04:03 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I am falling more and more in love with PSA. Learning more about it while attending a local club and researching it on my own. Second dog is still far out (2+ years) but I find myself caught between a Shepherd or a Malinois for the sport. Does anyone have any suggestions for good Malinois breeders that produce dogs suitable for the sport who I could talk to for a better idea of whether they would be a fit for me?

Personal opinions also welcome! I am working on getting a solid idea of the in's and out's of the sport before I even think about taking on that challenging of a dog. Want to make sure I know what the heck I'm doing first. While I have not had a Malinois before, I do have experience with other various large, driven dogs over the course of ten years or so. I am very active and train/exercise/work every day. And of course, if I did get a Malinois, we would be diving headfirst into PSA with titling goals. All the stories about what seems like basically monster Malinois have me a bit on edge about whether I can handle one. I want to be confident about it, but I also don't want to delude myself into an animal I can't handle. Should a newbie to Malinois talk to a breeder about either a lower drive Malinois as a first dog or possibly a green dog that already has some base work? Will it make that much of a difference?
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If you are close to Dallas, check out www.k9workingdogs.org
They have a mock PSA trial on the 27th. It would be a great opportunity to check out some mals and talk to some experienced people about the breed and sport.

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I don't think I'll look for a mal in the US anywhere other than Ot Vitosha from here on out, although there are tempting kennels in Europe.

I'm biased ofc but when it comes to bite sport dogs screw GSDs the mal is the way to go.
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wait a minute , who said you can't do PSA with a GSD !
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Pax8 how do you think your GSD in your avatar would handle the PSA?
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Either du Loups du soleil (Michael Ellis/Lisa maze) or du dantero in so cal.


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Mike Suttle at Loganhaus.

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If you are close to Dallas, check out K9 Working Dogs
They have a mock PSA trial on the 27th. It would be a great opportunity to check out some mals and talk to some experienced people about the breed and sport.

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Yes, this is the club I am attending every week! Khoi and all the members are very knowledgeable and helpful. I am trying to soak up as much information as possible! I'll ask if it would be possible for me to attend the trial.


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I don't think I'll look for a mal in the US anywhere other than Ot Vitosha from here on out, although there are tempting kennels in Europe.

I'm biased ofc but when it comes to bite sport dogs screw GSDs the mal is the way to go.
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wait a minute , who said you can't do PSA with a GSD !
Haha, I still love my GSD's, but for bite sport I am definitely obsessed with that innate intensity I always see in great Mals. I'm definitely going to be following your pup very closely Bailiff, he looks like wildfire!

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Pax8 how do you think your GSD in your avatar would handle the PSA?
I honestly don't know. The last club I was at, I brought him out and they gave me an evaluation for potentially doing Schutzhund with him. I was just told he seemed maybe medium drive with not much interest in the bite unless it was pushed hard, so there wasn't much interest in working him in a bite sport.

He's been fearless with all the new things he's been introduced to in agility and would probably jump through a screaming ring of fire for a chance to tug, but if the drive to bite isn't there, then he wouldn't be much of a prospect, would he? After the initial visit, I never really thought again about trying him in a bite sport, especially after the way he took to agility like a fish to water a couple weeks after that.

I'd be interested in getting a second opinion as it would be helpful to go through some handler work before a more intense dog, but I also don't want to waste the club's time with a dog that may not go anywhere in the sport, you know?

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Michael Ellis for Mali's

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Thank you for the suggestions! I have already emailed Mike Suttle and will contact Michael Ellis and Du Dantero today.
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