Majestic Malinois

About the Belgian Malinois

The "Maligator"

Owning a Working Belgian Malinois can be one of the most rewarding and hair-raising experiences a person can imagine. The nickname “Maligator” is probably the most fitting and accurate nickname of any breed I know. They are “lightning” fast, and at times can be somewhat unpredictable. They are a bit like having a perpetual teenager, in that they act as if they’re indestructible, and there is nothing they won’t try!

The Looks

Belgian Malinois are squarely built, proud, and alert herders standing 22 to 26 inches. Strong and well-muscled, but more elegant than bulky, there’s an honest, no-frills look about them, as befit dogs built to work hard for their feed. A breed hallmark is the proud carriage of the head. Coat colors range from a rich fawn to mahogany. The black ears and mask accentuate bright, questioning eyes the color of dark Belgian chocolate.

(Source: American Kennel Club)

The Temperament

Highly intelligent, athletic, and muscular, and exceedingly devoted, the Malinois need to be actively engaged with his owner, both mentally and physically. This is not a dog who can be left in the backyard, and daily walks are not enough, either. Exercise, and plenty of it, preferably side by side with his owner, is paramount to the breed’s happiness. To deprive a Malinois of activity and human companionship is to deprive him of his very reasons for being. Malinois make great running, hiking, and biking companions, and they excel at agility, tracking, herding, obedience, and Schutzhund (protection) competitions.

(Source: American Kennel Club)

About Me

My Journey with Dogs

As a little girl growing up in Edmonton, I had the good fortune to have wonderful neighbours who were a second family to me. So when they purchased their first dog, a fluffy lively St. Bernard puppy, it was love at first sight. When it came time for his obedience lessons I was lucky enough to go along. Little did I know that this adorable fur ball would spark a passion in me and set me on a course I’m blessed to be on.

In the late 80’s I was breeding and raising Standard Poodles when I became involved in Search and Rescue (SAR). By 1994 I’d earned the distinction of having bred, trained and certified the very first Standard Poodle in North America for Search and Rescue. He was RCMP Certified in Wilderness, Water, and Cadaver profiles for six years running. We attended countless searches together throughout the province of Alberta and the N.W.T. In the late 90’s I began assisting in teaching obedience and agility classes in the evenings for the general public. This allowed me to experience broad range of hands on exposure to dogs of every age, size, shape and temperament. I began assisting an animal behaviourist with consultations – reading body language; energy, temperaments and working with their human counterparts to help them better understand and co-exist with the family pet.

It was during my SAR years that I had come to know the Belgian Malinois breed however, it was not until my friend and teammate, Maggie of Capable Canines – imported a Malinois to replace her retiring search dog. It was then that I fell in love with the breed, their drive and versatility. In May of 2000 I imported my first Malinois, and the rest, as they say . . . is history.

We are a small independent breeding kennel for the Belgian Malinois. All of our bloodlines are first generation imports from Europe and directly from working Police or Security dog’s.  Our dogs are thoroughly vetted by renowned Police Dog Handler/Instructor, Behaviorist and Trial Judge, Odette Beek of Kennel Cuja’s in the Netherlands. Her accolades are far and wide and we are privileged to call her our friend.

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