BarnumRescue Me ID: 24-06-10-00457

About Barnum

Belgian Malinois / German Shepherd
Age: Puppy
Sex: Male

Meet Barnum (Barney)! Loveable, goofy, high energy Shepherd mix (Belgian Malinois/ German Shepherd). 1- year old neutered male. This handsome boys characteristic move is flopping at your feet for belly rubs. ��%BD��%BD��%BD��%BD As befits his breed, Barney is extremely smart, fast to learn commands, and attentive to his human. He has endless energy, and would be a great fit for an active family or individual that has experience with and knows what to expect with the breed. Great on a leash, but has a strong prey drive, so if he sees a cat, be ready to keep him on a close reign. Therefore, Barney would do best in a home with no small animals and likely no small breed dogs. However, he loves his human and has done extremely well with a loving child of 9. He just wants to please and be around his people. Attentive to correction and responds to a very light touch. Because of his energy level, he's not for every dog. He has been playing well with a large breed active female, but when she tires out, he keeps going and starts to get on her nerves. For that reason, he may do best in a one-dog home, unless with another high energy large breed, such as another Malinois. Because of his intelligence and energy, Barney would excel with a handler that can focus his talents on performing a job, learning and executing challenging commands, so that his energies are not spent on self-destructive and/or property-destroying activities. ��%BD��%BD��%BDS Barney is a winner and truly a find for the right person who can appreciate and utilize all that he brings to the table. And he LOVES water! On a warm day, give him a kiddie pool and he jumps in it, runs through it and then just plops down in it. About German Shepherd Dogs German Shepherd Dogs (GSDs) aren't for everyone. They're big, energetic dogs with long tails, and can clear a coffee table with one swipe. They have a lot of hair with a double coat, and that means they shed year round - and they shed a LOT. They're active, alert, assertive, noisy, mouthy and BOSSY! They take work - a LOT of work. They need socialization, leadership, exercise and a job, or they'll find their own amusements, usually by chewing, digging, barking or escaping. They tend to get territorial and protective. If you don't mind all that, if you understand and love the breed, and are willing to put the necessary work into one, you'll end up with a very intelligent, very devoted, and very responsible member of the family. There isn't a finer family dog or all-around all-purpose dog than a good German Shepherd who is well-trained and well-socialized. About Belgian Malinois The Belgian Malinois was originally a herding sheepdog. Aligned with their drive to work, nowadays you will find them in narcotics & bomb detection, tracking, search & rescue, police work and military operations. The Belgian Malinois also excels at just about any sport. They are alert, athletic, intelligent and extremely high energy. Because of their drive and intensity, they are not recommended for the new or inexperienced handler. The Belgian Malinois is confident, protective, intelligent, bossy and sensitive. They are hard working and have an unlimited amount of energy. The Belgian Malinois can be quite the handful and exhausting if not managed properly. They are working dogs that bore easily and need a job. If a job is not provided they will create one for themselves, this scenario usually ends up with the Malinois being injured or your house a disaster. The Belgian Malinois requires a daily worked mind and body. True to their nickname 'Maligator', these dogs are mouthy. They like to chew, nip and use their mouths to get their way. The Belgian Malinois is very playful but tend to be possessive over their people and toys. Well-socialized Malinois are good with children, however they have a high prey drive and should always be monitored around small children and animals. The Belgian Malinois is affectionate, they love to cuddle and be close with their families. They are outgoing and like to be included in the family activities. They are not good kennel dogs; confinement can cause anxiety and self destruction. Belgian Malinois are very sensitive and do not respond well to a heavy hand. Training should be fun and rewarding.


Stockton Animal Shelter
San Joaquin County
Galt, California


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  • Good with Female Dogs Only
  • Not Good with Cats
  • Good with Kids and Adults


  • Very High Energy
  • Somewhat Dominant


  • Neutered

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