An expert dog trainer has issued a warning against people buying a particular breed that is ‘not a pet’.
Jacob Morgan, founder and trainer of YorkshireCanineAcademy.co.uk, said he believes another breed of dog may soon be added to Britain’s list of banned dangerous dogs. There are currently four breeds banned in the UK – Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino and Fila Brasileiro.
Jacob, who has trained more than 2,500 dogs and owns five himself, said he thinks the Belgian Malinois will be the next breed to be added to the list. He said the dog “is not a pet” and “will chase small animals, vehicles or children”, reports Wales Online.
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“Just this week, I saw five Belgian Malinois dogs seeking rehoming through Facebook,” Jacob said. “It’s scary to see because it shows that people are buying into this breed of dog and can’t deal with it.
“My Belgian Malinois puppy, Stark, is 15 weeks old, and I’m with him most of the day while I train our clients’ dogs. But I also have staff members who can also make sure Stark is stimulated by giving him an activity to do every hour. Even as a dog trainer, if it was just me taking care of Stark, I would struggle.
Often mistaken for a short-haired German Shepherd, the Belgian Malinois is traditionally a herding dog. Highly intelligent, athletic and very energetic, they were made famous by films such as John Wick and Dog with Channing Tatum. You’ve probably also seen them jump over high walls in online videos and work for the SAS and police forces around the world.
The Belgian Malinois can reach around 30 kg and its life expectancy is 14 to 16 years. The breed has a high prey drive, and without proper socialization and training, it will chase small animals, vehicles, or children.
Jacob said: “I had planned to have a Belgian Malinois puppy for two years. I had chosen his name before finding the right breeder because there are so many people who breed for profit rather than health. and the right personality traits.I can confidently say the Belgian Malinois is not a pet and especially if you have a full time job, you don’t have time for this breed.
“It takes thousands of hours of training to make a Belgian Malinois a ‘normal’ dog. Many are bred to have a ‘nervous edge’, which is mistaken for a desire to protect.”
Jacob added: “This breed has strong guarding and guarding instincts, and genetics compel them to chase and bite things. If an owner doesn’t provide an outlet like the training shown in our video, dogs can become anxious and lash out at their owners.
“It’s a perfect storm going on right now and I’m sure it won’t be long before the breed is completely banned. Through no fault of their own, it will be the fault of the thoughtless breeders and owners who don’t haven’t done their research properly.”
Belgian Malinois puppies are being sold on public pet-trading sites for just £650, and Google trends show there has been a 50% increase in online interest in these puppies over the past the last 12 months only. Jacob plans to compete in appropriate sports with Stark when he is older, in competitions such as Shutzhund, a canine sport that tests tracking, obedience and protection skills, and assesses whether a dog has the traits and the appropriate characteristics of a good working dog.