Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Posted January 1, 2014
We adopted Edgar as a three-month-old pup. Having only owned older dogs previously, my husband and I weren't quite prepared for the shock of having a puppy in the house--let alone a Belgian Mal puppy! He was, in a word, CRAZY. Boundless energy doesn't begin to cover it. But now that he's a bit older, he's much calmer, although he needs TONS of exercise daily. He is super-smart; he was FULLY housetrained at four months, and can learn a new trick in less than a day. He amazes us every day. Our only issue is that we kind of dropped the ball on socialization, and are only just now realizing how important it is, since Edgar is extremely wary of strangers. We are taking steps to address to help him become more comfortable with people he doesn't know.
In my opinion, the positives of this breed are: High intelligence, loyalty, fantastic watchdog, and always up for a car ride or game of fetch. They're just plain FUN.
The negatives are: They must have proper socialization, maybe more than some other breeds, in order not to become overly wary of strangers. And--I can't stress this enough: if you don't lead (or want to lead) an active lifestyle, this is NOT the dog for you! They need TONS of exercise in order to be well balanced and happy.