New Malinois Question

  • New Malinois Question

     Cory and Lisa updated 3 weeks ago 5 Members · 12 Posts
  • Cory and Lisa

    November 12, 2021 at 5:25 PM

    After a horrible experience with our first Mal we are trying again. We have two questions, one what sex Belgian Malinois is best for a home environment with our youngest child being 14 years old. We do not have any other dogs and my wife and I are very active with the dog. Two, is there a list of command common traing commands? Sit, stand, down, come ect?

  • Cory and Lisa

    November 14, 2021 at 4:31 AM

    Anyone answer these?

    • Takoda

      November 14, 2021 at 8:39 AM

      Usually I think the females are a bit more subdued especially if the male is not fixed. I don’t know what your planning to do with the dog as far as activities go. When the time comes to get the pup if he/she is just to be a family dog you want to make sure you are getting a lower drive pup as compared to a working line dog, or a working line that you are sure has a lower drive. Stay with the site as there are many people here that have more experience than me with the breed. The 3 basic commands are 1) Stay 2) Come 3) Leave It. These are life savers for the dog. The commands will come after a couple months of luring and shaping. I would also submit this question to the Ask Me Anything segment and get Robert’s opinion.

  • Alin

    November 14, 2021 at 8:57 AM

    You can really go with whatever sex of the dog you want. I have kids and the smallest is 3 and we have a male GSD with high drive.

    In terms of the commands that Robert uses – it’s the same commands you see anywhere.




    -Leave it




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  • Ed (RoninDog)

    November 14, 2021 at 11:07 AM

    I remember that there were serious issues with the first dog, though not all the details. What happened to it? If you get another Mal, what is to say that it will not turn out the same or worse? I’m not saying it will, but it is a fair point of reflection, and also not an unreasonable case to consider. Have you looked into other breeds? I’m trying to be honest and look out for the well being of the dog to be. Not all breeds are the same and you are picking one of the hardest dog breeds to live with.

  • Cory and Lisa

    November 14, 2021 at 12:43 PM

    Thank all of you for your response. I asked about commands because there are so many with similar meanings (down,plats) (climb,up) we just want to be consistent. Ed we put her down. As you know she bit everyone in my house, except my wife. We used three different trainers and Robert’s advice her not being normal for a female mal. Finally, after another unprovoked attack on my daughter we found a trainer in WY who was interested in trying to help her as a last ditch. My wife and I drove 30hrs across the country to hand deliver the dog to him. During the drive the dog broke free of its tether and attacked me as i was sleeping and my wife was driving. We left the dog with the trainer and after 6 weeks the trainer said she is a single person dog with no children dog and that he would consider putting her down with her history. So my daughter (very comfortable with Phoebe and knows her)in-law picked her up since she had a friend with Mal experience. She wanted to meet her. 4 days later she was bit bad and the dog broke her wrist. I had the dog put down, she was not right and we sent a specimen away to UCLA to have her genes tested. Soooo, we want a Mal, we have learned and continue to learn this breed. We have the time, energy and a good level of experience to train this dog. We study a lot (daily) and have a good breeder (not an unknowing Amish breeder which knew nothing about these dogs and was just selling them). I believe we got a bad apple of a dog (sucks because this devastated my wife) yes we made some mistakes too, first was a horrible breeder. So commands, sex, temperament, drive, structure and consistent work with this animal we believe will help us have a functioning canine member for our family.

    • Ed (RoninDog)

      November 14, 2021 at 3:29 PM

      I’m terribly sorry for your loss

    • Ed (RoninDog)

      November 14, 2021 at 3:41 PM

      On the male or female, well, I would like to hear from others, but I like a female for a family dog. I think they are a bit more affectionate and not as aloof. I did not fix mine, so it is a bit messy when she gets her cycles, but it is not a big deal for us.

  • Cory and Lisa

    November 14, 2021 at 6:04 PM

    Female has what we have been hearing. We will likely have two eventually but that would be a male and a female. Our breeder has actually chosen a male for us but would pick out a female that would be good for us too. Neither are shy or overly confident but are only 4 weeks old and we have met them already to really try to have them familiar with us.

  • Riggan

    November 15, 2021 at 6:02 AM

    In my experience, the sex is not as important as the temperament / personality. If you have a good breeder who has experience matching pups to people, I would go with his recommendation. My personal preference is males, but if a reputable breeder recommended a female for my situation, I would listen to their advice.

  • Ed (RoninDog)

    November 15, 2021 at 6:43 AM

    On having two I do not think it makes a difference as to male of female first. The main thing is to have 3-4 years between them and make sure dog #1 is “perfect” by the time you bring dog #2. When I was looking for my second dog I described my first dog to the shelter person doing the screening and she/he said, “so you want a perfect dog”. That was 5 years ago. Now we are onto #3 and we have 3 “perfect” dogs. Though some (or many) would disagree, and they would probably be considered (or turn into) living hell in most households, they are perfect in our family… LOL. My #1 was 3 when I brought in my #2 and I attribute how well #2 turned out in great part to #1’s example and temperament. #3 has been with us for 2.5 months and the same happened, but this time was #2 that greatly bounded with and is serving as the reference for #3 to model himself. Of course we do a lot of work with the dogs ourselves, but I think have stable dogs that the new dog can look up to to be very important. It is funny how the dog taking on the role model “adults” too.

  • Cory and Lisa

    November 15, 2021 at 7:11 AM

    Great info! We really thought that (2 dogs)could have helped us previously but there were other issues. We are listening to our breeders advice but are still doing our due diligence for our family to make this dog as successful as possible in our home. With what we have learned and experienced we are in a much better position to take this dog in and manage its migration into our family. We are very excited about this and are studying!

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