Dantero Malinois is a small facility located on just under 1/2 an acre in Southern California at my private residence. There are usually only 5-6 of the dogs that make up Dantero Malinois living here, these are my retired dogs, current competition dogs, and the occasional breeding dog. The remainder of the dogs that make up the program are living with co-owners or are dogs we have unfortunately lost due to old age but who still contribute via frozen semen.
In keeping with my motto "Versatile dogs who will work for you and live with you" my dogs enjoy being indoor and outdoor dogs, spending time hanging out in the house, outside in their 1200 sq foot dog yard, or cruising around the back yard which is approximately 1/4 acre playing fetch, wrestling with each other, harassing the chickens, and eating oranges and other fruit off the trees. The yard doubles as the larger of my two training areas, being large enough to set up and practice the Ringsport jumps, do send aways, or work other distance or longer exercises. There is also a 800 sq foot area that I use mainly for obedience training. There are 2 kennels on the property, a 12x18 fully covered kennel which can be used for visiting dogs but currently serves as a storage area for excess crates, other equipment, and the chicken's "coop", I figure if the dogs can't get out, then they can't get in either :-). The second kennel is a 10x10 kennel with an attached run, also used for visitors.
To help combat the Southern California summers the dogs have access to stock troughs and "kiddy pools" full of water, and also an above ground swimming pool for monitored swimming and water rehab for injuries or conditioning.
Pups at Dantero Malinois are either born in the dining area of the house, or the "bat cave" which is my teenager's name for the garage, which has been set up as his own private "man cave" with couch, area rug, big screen TV, Xbox, etc. Some of the females welcome the visits by the other dogs in the household and are quite happy having their pups in the house where the other dogs can check in and meet the newest members of the family. Others prefer a more private location, without the interference of the other dogs and prefer to have their pups in the privacy of the "bat cave". All the pups begin spending time out of the whelping box, either in the house, the bat cave, or outdoors, once their eyes are open and they are walking. At this point they begin interacting with the other dogs in the household, and also our two cats, Lola and Lala. At 4-5 weeeks they begin visiting the Ring club, herding facility, and other "safe" locations where I know the people and the dogs.
Visitors to the facility are welcome, but by appointment only, and only those seriously interested in aquiring a Dantero Malinois. The dogs are my passion and hobby, not a business, as such I also have a full time job as a computer programmer to support my hobby. Between work and the dogs care, training, competing, etc I have a limited amount of free time for visits, and have unfortunately had to cut back on the "educational only, I've never met a Malinos and would like to come see them" visits. I still recommend people visit this breed in person before ever considering getting one, and can provide you with a list of events in your area where you should be able to see the breed in action and learn more about them. For those serious about getting a Dantero Malinois, feel free to contact me and we can arrange an appointment for your visit.