Mats


Photo by Kim Brown (Sezanne) 

MATS VAN DE VAARDEKENSHOEVE AT GOLDMALI (IMP BEL)

Malinois dog, d.o.b. 7th of April 2013

Red with black mask

Sire: Luxembourg Champion Django Des Ardents Fauves

Dam: Iris Van De Vaardekenshoeve

Breeder: Stijn Van Hamme, Belgium. Website: Van De Vaardekenshoeve Malinois

KC Good Citizen Bronze certificate

Hip score: 8/4 = 12 Eye tested clear February 2016.

1 CC and BOB at just 13 months of age, after 2 months in the UK.
Already clocking up BD & BOBs. Top Malinois 2014 Belgian Shepherd Dog Association of GB.
Few photos really do him justice -he has the most amazing DEEP red colour.
Mats is small for a male dog but puts a lot into a small package -he has a lot of drive. He is a working dog in a show dog costume.

First litter sired by Mats was born on 7th of April 2015. 12 pups. Litter included Best Puppy Dog and Best Puppy Bitch at Crufts 2016 and several working dogs.




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I have always felt that a good dog should be able to do it all -why should breeds have to be split up into working and show types? So when I found a Malinois breeder in Belgium who felt the same way, and who breeds dogs that actively DO work AND win at shows, I knew I wanted to buy a dog from him! When I was offered Mats I jumped at the chance. Hence on the 2nd of March 2014 John and I travelled to Belgium to collect Mats, 11 months old.

First photo, at the pets passport reception in Calais, France, before boarding the channel tunnel

Blurry photo but it still shows how beautifully Mats moves

Mats after just 6 days with us

On a walk with Penny

Mats with Benjamin


Mats' first show after one month with us, where he won Best Puppy

27th of April 2014




June 2014, 14 months old

Mats and Benjamin June 2014

Blackpool Championship show 22nd June 2014. Handled by Benjamin. Best Opposite Sex.

On Blackpool beach after the show



Mats (front) August 2014






16 months old

Mats is VERY agile! Photos below taken at 18 months of age, by Melii Violet, A Thousand Words Photography.









Crufts 2015

Crufts 2015, photo by Kim Brown

Blackpool championship show 2015

In the ring with Benjamin at Blackpool 2015. Photo by Bethan Hughes.