I have been involved with Malinois longer then most people here have been alive. First back in Europe in the KNPV and then the NVBK. I knew what a Malinois was when 98% of people had never heard, never mind seen one. I owned the first Malinois in the USA to work the streets as a police dog, I have imported and trained hundreds upon hundreds of them.
Based on that, I have seen what most lines have to offer and have seen some good and some bad ones and I will tell you what I know.
The Dutch Mals are mostly mixes of Mals and GSD's, Great Danes, Pit bulls, you name it, its in there. There are no papered dogs in Holland and the 2% that are come with "false papers"!!
The KNPV requires dogs that will eventually do police work and as a result their dogs have a ton of prey drive and some defense. They are not challenged enough in my opinion by the helper nor the environment, therefore that is reflected in their quality.
KNPV, just like FR and Sch is a choreographed routine, not very exciting to watch, other then the courage test!
I have imported a TON of them here, wayyy back when a titled one was selling for $1200 as opposed to the $6500 now and I know that while they can do police work, they are lacking in nerve.
The Belgian dogs out of the NVBK ARE bigger then all other Mals because of certain breeding standards within the program. The NVBK produces Mals that are monsters, my personal dog here was 92 pounds, HUGE by Mal standards.
Those dogs have nerves of steel and balls of Iron. Clear heads and no environmental sensitivities.
They have good prey drives, but, are CIVIL as all hell and their aggression levels are legendary.
Those are the dogs that not too many people can actually handle. There is no set program in the NVBK, the judge decides that day on what the dog will do and face in the ring.
The rest of the Mals that are doing Sch and FR are, in my opinion nice little dogs that do well in anything that is asked of them, as long as they can bite.
I have worked these dogs in detection, I have worked them in apprehension, I have taken them with me to the Middle East and I have tested them more severely then they would ever be tested here...so far, no failures or disappointments.
In the last 20 years they have dominated the working dog arena by being more available, more workable, cheaper and easier to get. Because I am not blind to my breed, I will tell you now that a lot of them suffer from weak nerves and those that don't know it will just think its prey drive.
They are not easy dogs to handle because of that huge prey drive and most of them do not have an off switch, hence they suck as house dogs.
I can go on and on, but, if there are any questions, I will be happy to answer them, so....
As far as GSD's...some of them look really nice!!!
· 10 years ago