Max is a 3 year old male Belgian Malinois. Handsome Max first came to us in October 2017 after his owner passed him onto an elderly relative who was struggling to care for him. Before this Max did not have a very stable life and was often left alone for days. This poor boy really has been through the mill! Max was not with us for long before we found him an experienced home but sadly things are not working out with the young daughter in the home and his family feel he would be much happier in an adult only home without any visiting children. We can provide further information regarding this should you wish to inquire about Max. Max is such a lovely dog, he is so loyal and devoted to the man in the home and has really bonded with him which could be the reason why he is not accepting the young daughter.
Initially Max did suffer with separation anxiety and his current owner has slowly built him up to being left alone for a few of hours. However it is likely that Max’s separation anxiety may resurface due to the disruption of a new home and therefore his new owner must be prepared to put in the work to help Max feel secure again. He does suffer with food/grass allergies so will need to be fed a strict hypoallergenic diet, he is currently being fed a raw diet but staff can advise further on this. In addition to this Max may require steroids. It is unlikely that any pet insurance companies will cover Max for his skin as this is a pre-existing condition and so his new owner must be financially secure to manage this.
Max can become stressed when he sees other dogs on walks and will pull to get towards them. If he is allowed to approach another dog care must be taken as if he cannot read the other dog properly he will snap at them. However if he is comfortable with the other dog he just wants to play but again this is something that must be approached with caution as it can go either way. We feel that Max lacks socialisation skills when it comes to other dogs and is unsure how to react. His new owner must be capable of walking him and be confident and sensible.
Overall Max really is a fantastic boy, he is very friendly and has shown no problems towards meeting new people. He is a happy boy, whose tail is always wagging and he will happily roll over for tummy rubs. He really does deserve to find a happy, stable home after all of the upheaval he has already endured. We believe he will make the most devoted friend.
Max will need a pet free home with someone around for most/all of the day. He will also need a strictly adult only home with no visiting children, ideally with an owner who is experienced with the breed.