Razor is good w/other dogs and likes playing. He's lived w/MANY other dogs in foster care and a Dutch Shepherd in his adoptive home. He likes to WWF style play, so bigger canine buddies may be better, but he has been taught a few lessons by smaller dogs in foster care- so he knows to respect them too. Razor lived w/children under 10 in his home and was good w/them, HOWEVER, his home was a police officer who is a K9 decoy and he already owned a Dutch Shepherd, SOOO, his children were very dog savvy. Given that, we think he'd do best w/kids ages 12+. Razor, despite being small, is a typical malinois- he likes to use his mouth and tug on things. He can also be quite sassy when he feels like it and that could be a bit much for smaller kids.
Razor has had very basic obedience training and is learning lots of things in his foster home! He has dabbled in IPO and dock diving and could easily go to a home who wanted to play those games w/him. He'd also love just about anything you wanted to do I think, from agility to obedience, etc. I think he'd be a great "first time" malinois for a sport home. He is NOT a working/detection candidate. He's a nice size, and has typical breed traits but isn't over-the-top demanding or high drive. He would be a great learning partner. While previous malinois experience isn't required we do want him to go a sport/performance home. His brother is a great agility dog (working on his MACH) and his sister is a fantastic nosework and dock diving dog - so the potential is there!
Update from Razor's foster home! 1.25.19
First and foremost you should know that when we took in Razor as a foster dog we were very surprised with his overall temperament. We were expecting a dog that was potentially unsettled, possibly easily aroused, potential mouthy/ bitey sort of dog. Our family has had border collies (currently has four) and Razor is our very first Malinois. We wanted to foster him so we can get a taste of what owning a Malinois would be like and to be honest we were shocked by his natural demeanor. He is a loving, cuddly boy, that would sit in your lap all day if you wanted. But ask him if he wants to play or train and he is all in! The first time we gave him a treat we were expecting him to grab it, possibly taking our fingers with him. Nope! He was and still has the most gentle mouth in our home. However, when aroused he takes food faster but still appropriately gentle.
Rae (as we call him) is a very “go with the flow” sort of guy. He has been stable in all sort of new environments (loud training centers, walking in town, loud bangs, New Years fireworks, etc).
Most recently he has just started with a Scentwork class which he has really taken to. On the side we have introduced him to some agility basics, shaping and luring concepts. He learns things very quickly but I recommend using a very high rate reward system as he can get frustrated quickly. Currently, he has been trained (in our home) with a positive reinforcement based training system.
Physically Razor is in great condition (can jump 24-26” without hesitation - no big surprise there). At our house he respects the 6’ fence. He has lost weight since entering our home. Now weighing in at 45.6lbs! Razor is very fast and agile; loves to go on trail hikes with our dogs racing up and down the trail (currently he wears a harness and a 20’ long line). On occasion he can get mouthy when racing/ chasing but reminding him to keep his mouth off our dogs with a verbal cue does the trick (this is the most mouthy thing he does).
When grooming Rae as a bit timid but tolerates baths and brushing. We are still working on nail trimming. He will tolerate his rear toe nails to be dremeled but he is sensitive on his forelimbs (still in training).
Currently, Razor is crate trained and is crated for 9 - 12 hours per day while we are at work. On longer days we have someone come to our home to let dogs out mid-day. While he tolerates this well; I think he would love to be more active!
Oh, and he has a great smile!!!! We love it!
If we had more time, we as his foster family, would keep Razor in a heartbeat! He gets along with our crazy Border Collie family very well. However, we feel he deserves a family that can provide him with more time than we can currently. We think he will take to agility very well along with scent work. We have not tested him in dock diving yet but hope to do so soon. We personally do not have experience with competition obedience or tracking but feel with the right training he would excel in either a fast pace sport or sport that involves him using his sense of smell.
Be sure to click on Razor's video to see even more clips of his training progress!