Zorro – Belgian Malinois

IKC/UKC/AKC Grand Champion BISS BOSS TriSorts Zorro del Mango, RE, CGC, TT, PAT, Therapy, HICs, Mobility Assistance Service Dog

OK, I might actually have forgotten some of Zorro’s accomplishments, so you may see the above titles updated at some point. After Mango, I wanted to find another Malinois that combined beauty and brains and was stable and easy to live with. I did about a year of research before I decided on getting a Tri Sorts Malinois – the Knocks consistently produced dogs that I liked so I drove all the way to Virginia to meet them, see their dogs and have them interview me. Zorro was out of a wonderfully stable and outgoing mother, and happened to be a “pupsicle” as his sire was 10 years deceased – he was conceived through frozen semen. That made him a little more “old-fashioned” in type, but that was a positive for me, as I preferred that more moderate type.

Zorro is 10 this year, and he has brought so much joy into my life and opened so many doors for me, I would never had anticipated when we first brought him home as a pup. Until relatively recently, I showed Zorro myself – a gimpy owner-handler – and I have to credit his quality over my skills when it comes to the success he has had in the ring. Group Placements, ranking in the Top 25 (and only through LOCAL dog shows!) several years, which led to multiple Eukanuba National Chamionship dog show invitations (where he has earned a Best Opposite and an Award of Merit at 9 years old!), 4 Westminster Kennel Club shows, being featured in multiple newspapers, television spots, he has done theatrical work such as portraying a police K9 in a soap opera, filmed as a “demo dog” for multiple pet products on 1800PetMeds.com, commercials – and to top it all off he has been an incredible Service Dog for me – totally stable even in the most stressful of situations.

As solid temperament is a recessive trait in Malinois, I have always maintained that Zorro is a genetic asset to the breed, and should be bred to bring in correct structure, type and most importantly, SOLID, stable character. He has passed all of his health clearances and I have collected his semen to use if I want to at some point in the future. He sired a lovely litter with a workingline bitch Ch Ouija du Loups du Soleil, CDX, RN – see “Zee Jay’s” page to follow the story, as Z J will be following in his sire’s paw-prints.

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