Tesla is a typical, young malinois that hasn't had much (read: ANY) training. She has likely been left to her own devices and due to that, comes up w/her own fun. We are working on focus and building a working relationship. She is very food motivated. Tesla likes playing w/toys too, but isn't over-the-top crazy about them. I think her drive could be built up, but she will never have enough drive for detection work, etc. Tesla is tiny...but that just makes her a pocket rocket! She can FLY if she feels like moving.
Tesla is good with other dogs, but does stupid puppy things like nipping at their necks/faces. She is good about handling a fair correction from another dog, but often needs to be corrected a few times before it sinks in. Tesla has shown a bit too much interest in our cats to recommend she live with them.
Tesla is looking for a performance home only. She will excel at things that require her to use her mind (she will likely fly in agility). She absolutely needs jobs to keep her both physically and mentally active. Tesla is at the age right now where she's old enough to do things, yet young enough to still be a sponge in training. Tesla doesn't necessarily require an experienced malinois home, but the home should be experienced w/high drive dogs. She does exhibit a LOT of typical malinois traits (mouthy, pushy, etc), so a new home needs to be prepared for that. Tesla would do best in a home w/teenage children, or just adults. She has been respectful of a 5-6' fence in foster care. (Please note, pictures and video are from her intake, just before Christmas, she has gained some weight in that time, thus filling out just slightly more, however, she's still not big by any stretch of the imagination!)
Potential Malinois Adopters Please Note: We receive *many* applications from people who are retired military and law enforcement (and the general public). Many of those applications have experience with the malinois breed from those occupations. Please keep in mind that the dogs which are used in the military and law enforcement are specifically bred for those jobs. They have hundreds, if not thousands, of hours and dollars put into their training, and they have jobs 24/7/365. Those dogs are specifically selected for those tasks. THESE ARE NOT THE DOGS IN RESCUE. The malinois' in our care often have had no training and probably even fairly indiscriminate breeding. These dogs are normally the products of someone getting the breed and having no clue what to do w/them once their house is destroyed. These are dogs who are desperate for physical and mental stimulation; these dogs need jobs. They do not come ready trained and these are NOT the dogs you used to work with. This breed is bred to work, work, work (which is why they are awesome for military/law enforcement) and if they have that work/training/jobs/outlets, they are amazing dogs to work with. However,if they are not provided with that, they will destroy your home, your kennels, everything. They are also NOT "small" German Shepherds, in fact the breeds are not even remotely similar. Given that, unless you are willing to put in all of hours/training that the dogs you have experience with, have had, then a malinois (ANY MALINOIS) probably isn't for you, short of a retired MWD/CWD. Please be sure to read each dog's bio for their specific adoption requirements/needs.