Oscar On Trial
Age: 4 year old.
Breed: Belgian Malinois X
Background: In foster in Jersey, Originally came from England.
Feeding: Has 2 meals a day of dried food
Sleeping: Sleeps in his own bed
Toilet training: Clean in the home.
Walking/Exercise: Loves his walks though can be excitable when he sees other dogs
Children: Great with kids 8+
Other dogs: Can live with a calm dog
Cats: Can't live with cats
Oscar is a lovely natured dog that will need an active home who are able to give him plenty of exercise and attention, He’s affectionate and a very cuddly pooch who will lean into you or nudge for fuss/attention. Although the Belgian Malinois breed is a high energy breed, Oscar is a very chilled lad at home and has no separation anxieties issues.
He can live with a calm dog but will need to have a few meets and greets before moving in.
Oscar indoors is great with his basic commands such as sit, lie down and stay.
Oscar is a very clever lad who is rather under socialised with dogs when out, He will chase/nip and herd when he sees dogs down the beach having fun this to Oscar is all play to other dogs this can be intimidating and is not acceptable.
He absolutely loves his walks but will need to be kept on a lead until he has a perfect recall due to his high “play drive”. Due to Oscar's high "play drive" and lack of recall his adopters must be committed to work with Oscar and continue with his training classes to polish his doggie social skills.
About the breed
The Belgian Malinois is a member of the Belgian Sheepdog family. Like other Belgians, the Malinois is a sturdy, alert, loyal companion, and can thrive as a farm dog or a family dog. As with all Belgian Sheepdog breeds, Malinois were bred to herd and protect livestock, so they must have constant activity, whether playing with children, going on long walks, or chasing a frisbee. Ever vigilant, they make excellent watchdogs, and can be trained to do a variety of tasks.
Malinois need a lot of vigorous activity in order to remain happy and healthy and should not be kept in an apartment. If they don't get enough activity, Malinois can quickly become destructive.
Farms or houses with big, fenced-in yards are the most ideal settings for this breed. Active and able participants in outdoor activities, Malinois will want to be included in all family activities, whether doing farm chores, chasing a frisbee in the yard, or taking long walks in the park. They love to spend time outdoors, among their family and engaged in interesting and fun activities.
Though sometimes willful and stubborn, Belgians are highly trainable and thrive on advanced obedience, trick and agility training. They can read small movements and even changes in facial expression, and are famous for being so “in tune” with their trainers that they can literally stay one step ahead of the person giving commands.
Though they learn quickly, Belgians are not for the first-time dog owner. They are highly intelligent and manipulative, and can easily walk all over someone who lacks consistency or wears their heart on their sleeve. Positive reinforcement is the best method to train a Belgian Malinois, as discipline can lead to avoidance behavior and stubbornness.
Malinois are herders and this instinct can lead them to chase and nip. Bikes, cars, kids, or other animals can set them off and running. If this breed doesn't have enough interesting activities to do, he can take to herding children and nipping at their heels.
This herding instinct also makes Malinois, like all Belgian Sheepdogs, protective of their home and family. They can be wary of strangers so it is important that they be socialized as early as possible to learn the difference between a welcome guest and an unwelcome guest, or aggression can develop.
Chewing, barking and separation anxiety can sometimes develop in this breed, but that can be attributed to lack of exercise and boredom. Adopting a Belgian Malinois means adopting an active lifestyle.