Gender: Male

Age: 2 years

Weight: 56 pounds

Energy: Moderate

Drive: Moderate

Location: San Jose, California

Nolan lives to play. As a human he probably would have been a football star. As a dog, he loves chasing and retrieving, and could excel in flyball, Frisbee, or other chase-oriented sports. His foster rates his determination to find the ball at 8 on a scale of 1 to 10, but he might search harder if not at home. In spite of his strong interest in sports, Nolan also does fine if he misses a day of exercise. He definitely has an off switch. After 30 minutes of fetching he'll curl up happily for a snooze, and in general he is calm inside the house, getting crazy only when it's time to play.

When it's time to rest, Nolan is cuddly but not clingy. If you move or make a sound he checks to make sure it's still okay to cuddle. In public, he's cautious but friendly with strangers and kids. The only time he's reactive is when strangers come near him when he's crated or eating. Although he might prefer any human to any other dog, he's loyal to his special people and would like to be with them as much as possible.

Nolan takes well to training and is motivated by food, toys, and praise, in that order. He learned sit, crate, and easy quickly, but that's about all he knows so far. When he's accidentally naughty a simple "no" makes him stop. His worst habit is searching for cords or other things lying around on the floor so he can remodel them with his teeth. Toys excite him a bit too much, and he can be snatchy and barky while playing. Luckily, he doesn't chew furniture, and he doesn't check out the counters or the trash. In the car he is calm and at the vet's he is nervous but cooperative. His startle reaction to loud noises is brief.

While Nolan is friendly with kids in public, he might do better in a home without kids since he tends to get too excited about toys. He also might do best as an only dog, since he's not all that keen on canines. That can be a great quality on the trail, as he might learn easily to ignore other dogs. Being loyal, trainable, curious, and athletic makes him a great hiking prospect too. And being stunning doesn't hurt his prospects either, if there's someone out there who just can't help feeling a little happy when their dog draws compliments from strangers.

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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