I have my heart set on getting a female Belgian Malinois to fill our second dog slot. Growing up we had a couple different breeds of dogs and I loved them all but now that I'm married and my husband has his dog, I have been on the search (since childhood and into my years as a vet assistant) for a dog breed that fits what I'm looking for. The Mal has proved to be it. I have done my homework and know their challenges and their strengths but has anyone had experiences raising them around chickens? I originally wanted to get an adult from a resue but was warned not to if i have small animals. I was told to get a pup so you know they are well socialized with people and the animals you already have. I would love to hear about peoples experience with Mals that they have owned. It has proved to be difficult to find owners that I can talk to.