A dog breeder is warning people that a particular breed of dog could be next to be added to Britain’s list of dangerous banned dogs.
Jacob Morgan, founder and trainer of the YorkshireCanineAcademy.co.uk, advises against buying a breed of dog which he says could soon be added to the list of banned dogs in the UK. The list currently includes four breeds.
The four currently banned breeds are the Japanese Tosa, Pit Bull Terrier, Fila Brasileiro and Dogo Argentino.
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“My Belgian Malinois puppy, Stark, is 15 weeks old and I am with him most of the day training 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.
Belgian Malinois dogs are traditionally herders and are very energetic, athletic, and intelligent. They are often confused with shorter haired German Shepherds and appeared in “Dog” by Channing Tatum and John Wick. They often work for police forces and can jump over walls.
They have a life expectancy of around 14 to 16 years and can reach around 30 kg. If not trained and socialized properly, these dogs will chase small animals, children, and vehicles as they have a high prey drive.
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 good personality traits. I can say with confidence that 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’. So many people are bred to have a “nervous edge,” which is mistaken for a desire to protect. »
Jacob added that Malinois dogs have strong guarding and herding instincts, and often bite and chase things. They can get anxious and lash out if they don’t have an outlet to do so.
“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,” he said.
Jacob plans to take Stark to appropriate sports when he is old enough, such as Shutzhund, which tests a dog’s protection, obedience, and tracking skills. Malinois puppies are sold for as little as £650, and there has been a 50% increase online according to Google Trends in interest in them over the past year.