Gender: Female
Age: ~14 months
Weight: 55 pounds
Energy: Moderate to high
Drive: Moderate
Location: Grass Valley, California

If you like water, you'll love Minnow. This energetic girl took to it like, well, a minnow! At her first swimming lesson, she progressed from zero to full throttle in about 15 minutes, quickly deciding to jump in the pool on her own. Now there's no stopping her. Water makes her silly and happy and playful. She'll retrieve a toy on land if she must, but will fetch gleefully if it's thrown in the pool. Dock diving is an obvious choice for formal sports. When she's not jumping in the pool, she's off exploring with her nose, so competitive nosework is another option. Whatever she does for exercise, she'll need a lot of it, every day.

An active family could play team tag to keep her busy; when one arm gets tired of throwing, someone else's could take over. But fun as she is, Minnow needs more than just play. She needs someone committed to providing her with firm, structured learning, as she can be stubborn if pushed the wrong way. However, with the right approach, Minnow tries hard to learn what's wanted. She's smart and food-motivated. A trainer or someone working with a trainer will help bring out Minnow's best.

One thing Minnow needs work on is barking, or rather not barking. She can't stand being left out, and will make your ears pay for it if you have fun without her. As long as she's included she doesn't bark. Getting her worn out with playing helps too. She's learning to control the barking some, but will need appropriate, consistent training to overcome the habit. Although she has not pottied in the house and she doesn't tear things up when free, she'll need a little work on continuing to learn what's okay in the house and on not tearing up anything hanging on her crate.

Minnow's other main area for improvement is her reaction to some dogs. She tries to dominate them, which is not always well received. Exposure to other dogs while wearing a muzzle seems to be helping her learn to just sniff briefly and walk along. A loving, patient, but firm and knowledgeable person would be perfect for helping her catch up on social skills. She would do best as a single dog or in a home with a larger male.

With people, Minnow is a sweetheart. She loves everyone and especially loves to cuddle. She's great at the vet's, making friends with all the staff, and is fine albeit overexcited with visitors. She's shown no aggression toward children but might try to dominate them if allowed, by jumping on them for instance. Since Minnow is so affectionate she'd probably love to sleep with her people but she accepts a crate at night (and in the car) as well, with a little coaxing to lure her in. Or maybe she'd be happy sleeping on a float in the pool ....

West Coast adoptions only, HOWEVER, if application is strong we may consider placement in other Western US states.


Must have previous or current, purebred Malinois experience OR other high drive working breed experience. Have no children under the age of 12 years old OR have extensive experience with children and high drive dogs.

Our adoption process includes- completion of an application, followed by a telephone interview. If that goes well, we will arrange for a home visit.

Adoption Donation: $400.00

Transport along Interstate 5 (Bakersfield, CA to Bellingham, WA) is available but cost not included in adoption fee.

For all inquiries, please fill out our adoption application first, as the volunteer answering emails is probably not the coordinator for the specific foster home/dog.

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