Age: 3.5 months
Energy Level: Moderate
Overall Drive: High
Location: Turlock, CA
Yanni is the smartest, happiest, most down to earth puppy with an old soul face! This dog will excel at whatever his owners chose to do and if you want a winner in the ring this is your dog! He is a pure gem and worth his weight in gold. Whether it’s his sparkling personality or cute face that pulls you in, this open-minded and active little guy will exceed your expectations.
Yanni has had a few visitors to the house, and he does great with them with structured introductions. At the office, he also welcomes new people with ease. He absolutely loves dogs and would love a playful and patient canine companion or 2 to live with. He is respectful of boundaries when his endless puppy energy is not met with the same enthusiasm. Cats, bug, and birds, however, will turn on his prey drive and the chase is on. A home void of cats and small animals is best.
Yanni rides well in the car, is well-mannered at the vets’ office, unphased by loud noises, and is potty and crate trained. He has mastered some basic commands and is working on become proficient in more. Food is his main motivator, and when paired with his high desire to be engaged with his handler, makes training him fun and highly rewarding. You can see the wheels turning in his head as he takes in new situations and truly see how smart he is. He wants to learn everything, and his busy mind is kept focused by using his food throughout the day and working for the reward.
Yanni is smart. Very, very smart. He has a lethal combination of Malinois intelligence and GSD level head. He will require a skilled handler who can provide him with the boundaries, stimulation, structure and training he requires to be successful. A watchful eye, correction, and redirection is needed so he doesn’t become destructive, possessive, or reactive.
If you are looking for you next scentwork or ring candidate, look no further! This busy boy will chase and retrieve anything that is thrown, loves the flirt pole, and will do just about anything to find his food. Yanni is an easily trainable, always happy, busy boy who has the environmental stability to quickly take on the world! He will need an active home that wants a partner to explore the many opportunities that await.
West Coast adoptions only, HOWEVER, if application is strong we may consider placement in other Western US states.
Must have previous or current, purebred Belgian 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.
Adoption Donation: $500.00
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.