The Belgian Malinois history
The Belgian Malinois is the oldest of the shepherd breeds. It predates both the German & Dutch Shepherd breeds. Created by the sheep herders of Belgium to perform a variety of duties ranging from herding and protection of their livestock, the Belgian Malinois has evolved to know no equal as a utility breed.
In many cases, the Belgian Malinois breed was used to form the foundation of other breeds; such as the Dutch Shepherd and the German Shepherd.
The Malinois belongs to the family of Belgian Sheep Dogs which contain four distinct coat types. Each variation is now recognized as its own distinct breed; The Turveren (long coat), The Belgian Sheep Dog (all black, long coat), The Lakenois (rough, curly coat), and The Belgian Malinois.
A correct Malinois is medium in size, athletic, square build and built for explosive movement and power. The over all temperament is curious, with a busy mind, easily trainable, and highly intelligent. As puppies, this breed is very active and constantly learning. They are highly trainable are a pleasure to teach for those who dedicate themselves to their pups.
Champ des Legendes Malinois Kennel
One of our first Belgian Malinois was LeMaitre du Mallasagne (son of Billy and Athos) FR1, Brevet. He was acquired in Dinon, France, in 1995. The breeder was one of the greatest decoys of French Ringsport at the time, Mr. Jean-Francois Gallais of Gallais Sports. He was a pioneer in Ringsport Suit design and one of the hardest decoys known in his time. He was a huge inspiration in my Ringsport career early on.
Years later, I had met a newer breeder just making his way into the ringsport world in France around '97, named Mr. Andre Lemonnier of Banc des Hermelles kennels. I was attracted to his dogs because he was breeding dogs from Cheyenne FR3, 3x Champion of the Coupe of France. We got our dog Panthere, and Rush, and Rocket, all Banc des Hermelle dogs. These proved to be very trainable, very stable, and very social, great assets to our gene pool.
In '02, a good friend Joe C. imported a dog for me that we named Virus, who was a son of Judex. This dog only added to the list of current great bloodlines that we blended to create the Champ des Legendes Kennel. Another prominent dog in our line was our import Paco du Domaine du Tuquet, Police K9, FR2, MR1. Paco was a son of CH.Cheyenne FR3. These are some of the great dogs that went into the forming of our kennel that lives on today.