Link has been doing great in foster care. He is still puppy and loves to play w/a few of the other mals at his foster home. He likes to play rough (like most do), body-slamming, etc. He's been good w/everyone he's met, people wise, and lived with small children in his previous home. Link HAS been through training, but will absolutely need to go through more classes with his new family.
Link is fully house and crate trained. His family reported that he was able to get out of crates, so he's been contained in a welded wire kennel run in foster care and he does great with this. He'd probably be fine w/a heavier duty crate (Impact) as well. Link might be fine in a regular crate once he has a "job" and gets the mental and physical stimulation that he is dying for.
Link is not cut out for work (detection, protection, etc). He'd be a fun malinois for someone new to the breed, to try. While he might not require a sport/performance home, he will need an extremely active home who can keep his mind and body busy. He's a SMART dog, but he needs outlets! Like most mals, he'll create his own fun if he isn't given direction!
Link is good w/other dogs his size (we have not put him w/small dogs). He's interested in our cats, so he would probably not work for a home with kitties. He respects a 5' fence in foster care; but a privacy fence (6') would be ideal. He lived w/small children, but is a big guy and could easily knock them over. Due to this, we are recommending kids ages 12+. Link is a higher medium energy guy with medium drive (for a malinois).
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.