This is me with my very first dog. Yes, I grew up with family pets, but this was MY first dog, Dante's Inferno, and the namesake for my kennel. This picture was taken when Dante was about 6 months and I was in college.
My goal in my breeding is to produce dogs who have excellent working ability (drives, work ethic, attitude, etc), are healthy, stable, and look good. I would rather have an ugly dog (ugly NOT being defined as structural issues) who lived to be 16 and was an awesome working dog than a pretty dog who wasn't stable or lacked working ability. However, the entire package is the ultimate goal. A dog with the perfect blend of drives, temperment and work ethic isn't any good if it's crippled by 3 from hip dysplasia or blind at 5 from PRA. But neither is a dog who lives to be 18 without a sick day in it's life, that will bite any stranger that comes within 5 feet of it and is terrified of it's own shadow. My main activity with my dogs is the protection sports (French Ring, Schutzhund, Mondio Ring, etc), but I also dabble in agility, obedience, tracking, herding, lure coursing and any other activity that comes my way and looks like it might be fun. So I want a dog who can do anything we might decide to do, and have fun doing it. I believe breeding is a balancing act. Although each breeding is done with the goal of producing that ideal dog, there might be a different "main focus" from breeding to breeding. One breeding might focus a little more on fixing a structural weakness, another on increasing the amount of "pack drive" and still another might be done to improve grips. But the overall goal of health, working ability, stable temperament and "Malinois good looks" will always be constant. Dantero Kennel has produced, and continues to produce, dogs that are successful in protection sports, police work (patrol and detection), obedience, agility, border patrol, MWDs, flyball, herding, tracking, and as family companions/protectors.
Although the website says Dantero Kennel, there are only 2 kennels on the property, both only occasionally used. Instead the dogs live as family dogs, sleeping in the house at night, and hanging out inside or playing in the backyard during the day. Visitors are welcome, just drop me an email or phone call to arrange a time to come by.