Marianne and John Brett live in South Yorkshire, England.
(Or rather right at the borders of Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire, in lovely rural surroundings. We moved here in April 2007.)
Marianne was born in Sweden but moved to England in 1988,
John has always lived in Yorkshire.
We have both kept and bred animals most of our lives,
of a large variety ranging from worms to dogs and sheep.
We used to breed and show the Blondbella Persian and Exotic cats for 25 years but retired from breeding cats in 2014,
now we concentrate fully on the Goldmali Malinois and Papillons.
is a Kennel Club Assured Breeder and we passed our
inspection by the KC in May 2015.
both have children that all are just as animal mad,
and Marianne has a grandson born to Melanie and her
husband Kallum in February 2015. Young Timmy loves
dogs, especially Papillons!
the breed notes for Malinois & Laekenois for
Marianne has worked as a veterinary nurse, dog groomer and kennel maid, and is the author of
several books on pet care:
*GULDHAMSTERN (Swedish), ICA 1986. (As Marianne Bornhult)
(As Marianne Mays:)
*THE PROPER CARE OF HAMSTERS, TFH 1993
*PET OWNER'S GUIDE TO RABBITS, Ringpress 1995
*YOUR FIRST GUINEA PIG, TFH/Kingdom 1995
*YOUR FIRST PUPPY, TFH/Kingdom 1995
*YOUR FIRST KITTEN , TFH/Kingdom 1995
(The "Your First" books now known as "HOW TO CARE FOR..")
*PERSIAN CATS, Kingdom 1996
*MOGGIES, A BOOK ON NON-PEDIGREE CATS, Kingdom 1997
*EXOTIC SHORTHAIR CATS, Kingdom 1998
*WORLD OF CATS, Gramercy 1999
*FACTFINDER GUIDE TO CATS, Grange 1999
*THE DOG IN YOUR FAMILY, Kingdom 1999
*YOUR FIRST DWARF HAMSTER, TFH/Kingdom 1999
Our animals are kept first and foremost as pets.
dogs mainly live indoors although some of the stud
dogs (Malinois only, and only with the company of a
spayed bitch) have to live in kennels. Puppies are
ALWAYS reared indoors as part of the family and are
The indoor cats have a safely enclosed run to go out in.
They are not allowed outside otherwise -it is too dangerous.
the dogs do or have at some point attended training classes.
In total Marianne has passed, with a lot of different dogs, 55 different Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog tests, ranging from Bronze to Gold, since the first Bronze with Rufus in 1995.
Dandy, Ripley (both now RIP) and Arnie competed and were placed in obedience although at low levels.
obedience training is a family affair with
Marianne, John, Melanie and Benjamin all taking part
in classes. John is just getting a taste for agility.
Marianne doesn't particularly like handling the dogs
at shows so John does most of the handling (realising
his dream of running through the arch into the big
ring at Crufts in 2010 when he took best of Breed with
Ripley), and Melanie and Benjamin help out too. All
four of us have handled at Crufts. Mickey the Papillon
is Marianne's VERY spoilt favourite, and nobody else
is allowed to handle him at shows!
have bred many show winning dogs of both breeds as well
as dogs competing successfully in obedience, agility,
working trials, scentwork and flyball, and professional
working dogs such as security dogs. In 2012, 2013 and
2014 Goldmali were the second most successful breeders
of Malinois in the showring in the UK.
Benjamin and Molly -Goldmali Good Golly Ms Molly
Melanie and Peanut -Goldmali Dreams Come True