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Old 02-04-2011, 08:39 PM
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When any of mine are in working mode, if someone gets in the way of -whatever- target, they will snap witout ever taking their eyes off the target.
Now some mals are not as high drive. You can get a washout dog that will be fairly laid back. Not GSD quiet, but lazy for a mal. Alot of the show line dogs are nothing like actual working dogs. Yet most of these lack the whole reason for a mal to exist, or at least diminished.

"A well trained dog should not bite unless told". Yes and no. They use their own judgement. However most mals are so extreme and fast to react, you must have complete control of the situation they are in. I have seen many trainers get bitten by mals. These were not even PPDs. Most GSD, rotts or dobes will only bite when told. Mals and dutchies are like dynamite.
Really great dogs. I would go to several clubs, look at many dogs, and if you decide on this breed, go with a not so high drive working line.

I have an Ot Vitosha female, she is work everyday. We ride four wheelers, horses, go on runs, fetch (every waking minute lol), and she does several long tracks every week. We work articles, ob training, she never tires. If she doesn't get several hours of physical work, then plenty of mental work (not food puzzles mind you) she will destroy something and is a real B**ch to handle. However she is one of the smartest dogs I have ever worked with.

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Well I just learned that I never want to own a Malinois. That is all.
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Ot Vitosha is Ivan Balabanov, isn't it?
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When any of mine are in working mode, if someone gets in the way of -whatever- target, they will snap witout ever taking their eyes off the target.
Now some mals are not as high drive. You can get a washout dog that will be fairly laid back. Not GSD quiet, but lazy for a mal. Alot of the show line dogs are nothing like actual working dogs. Yet most of these lack the whole reason for a mal to exist, or at least diminished.

"A well trained dog should not bite unless told". Yes and no. They use their own judgement. However most mals are so extreme and fast to react, you must have complete control of the situation they are in. I have seen many trainers get bitten by mals. These were not even PPDs. Most GSD, rotts or dobes will only bite when told. Mals and dutchies are like dynamite.
Really great dogs. I would go to several clubs, look at many dogs, and if you decide on this breed, go with a not so high drive working line.

I have an Ot Vitosha female, she is work everyday. We ride four wheelers, horses, go on runs, fetch (every waking minute lol), and she does several long tracks every week. We work articles, ob training, she never tires. If she doesn't get several hours of physical work, then plenty of mental work (not food puzzles mind you) she will destroy something and is a real B**ch to handle. However she is one of the smartest dogs I have ever worked with.

to the OP, i hope that you read this ^^^ i would also encourage you to go to some of the training classes for bite-work and ask if you can audit the classes, explain your interest in getting a mal (there will likely be quite a few in the class) and that you might need to continue training the dog... DEFINITELY contact a breed club... the members are likely to be mal fanatic, and give you a great insight into keeping them...

i also would like to point out that if you have to ask our opinion about the dog, as you have, it isn't likely to be a good idea, you should be able to get solid advice from the dog's breeder before you even bring it to the forum to share with us, i mean the breeder should be like right up front/in your face about the dog and what it takes to keep it, not trying to sell it fast at a cheap price.

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I just got back from a seminar The trainer giving the seminar was working with a mal that was there and made the comment of "wow its so nice to work with a mal and not worry about being bit for once". She said it was the only mal shes been able to hold by the collar and not have the dog try and nail her... It was a service dog. But boy he was a firecracker anyway
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