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Why Us? Why Ot Vitosha Malinois?

Live the dream – own an Ot Vitosha Malinois bred by 2-time World Champion Ivan Balabanov, world renown Malinois for their intelligence, confidence, versatility, excellent health, and champion bloodlines.


  • Ot Vitosha Malinois are rooted in the most important Belgian bloodlines;
  • Ot Vitosha Malinois have proven their skills against the best of any other breed;
  • Ot Vitosha Malinois are versatile – specifically bred and selected  to be able to do it all;
  • Ot Vitosha Malinois, many make great family dogs: good with children and other animals, and easy to live with;
  • Ot Vitosha Malinois are adaptable. They can be more or less active, depending on your lifestyle and that of your family;
  • Ot Vitosha Malinois are very healthy dogs with a long life span (up to 14-17 years);
  • Ot Vitosha Malinois breeds top quality Belgian Malinois since 1989.

Our dogs have been dominating the Dog Training World for over 25 years! World Champion Belgian Malinois – bred in the USA and highly respected by dog fanciers worldwide! Dogs are not just a hobby for me. They are my life, my passion and addiction, my dogs are all I do. Since 1989 I have been successfully breeding Belgian Malinois under the name Ot Vitosha, with a clear goal to maintain a certain type of Malinois – fearless, with perfect working ethic, robust health, but most importantly, an excellent family dog. I am also the founder and longtime president of the American Working Malinois Association (AWMA) as well as an International Dog Federation (FCI) working dog judge.

Because of the unparalleled knowledge as a breeder of Belgian Malinois and unmatched accomplishments as an international competitor I am able to select spot on, the type of puppy you are looking for.

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As a breeder of Belgian Malinois I always had a goal to test my dogs against the best Malinois in the world and the best of any other breed. Ot Vitosha Malinois are the only American bred dogs (not just Malinois) to ever win the title World Champion. In fact, we have done this twice! Ot Vitosha Malinois has a crazy record that no one has ever accomplished, check this out: Only the highlights – the championship titles Ot Vitosha dogs have won. Of course, there are 100’s of other achievements, but it will be quite impossible to keep this page updated if we have to enter every title our dogs have earned:


Championship titles and successes Ot Vitosha Malinois


  • 2021 DVG America National Champion IPO 3
  • 2019 United States Mondio Ring Association (USMRA) Nationals MR 3 Champion
  • 2016 American Working Malinois Association (AWMA) Nationals IPO 3 Champion
  • 2016 American Working Dog Federation (AWDF) Nationals IPO 3 Champion
  • 2015 American Working Malinois Association (AWMA) Nationals IPO 3 Champion
  • 2015 American Working Dog Federation (AWDF) Nationals IPO 3 Champion
  • 2014 American Working Malinois Association (AWMA) Nationals IPO 3 Champion
  • 2011 American Working Dog Federation (AWDF) Nationals IPO 3 Champion
  • 2009 American Working Malinois Association (AWMA) Nationals IPO 3 Champion
  • 2008 American Working Malinois Association (AWMA) Nationals IPO 3 Champion
  • 2007 FCI Torino, Italy All Breeds IPO 3 World Champion
  • 2007 FMBB Le Touquet, France Belgian Shepherd World Champion
  • 2007 American Working Dog Federation (AWDF) Nationals IPO 3 Champion
  • 2006 American Working Dog Federation (AWDF) Nationals IPO 3 Champion
  • 2005 American Working Dog Federation (AWDF) Nationals IPO 3 Champion
  • 2004 American Working Malinois Association (AWMA) Nationals IPO 3 Champion
  • 2003 American Working Malinois Association (AWMA) Nationals IPO 3 Champion
  • 2001 United Schutzhund Clubs (USCA) German Shepherd Nationals IPO 3 Champion
  • 2000 American Working Dog Federation (AWDF) Nationals IPO 3 Champion
  • 2000 American Working Malinois Association (AWMA) Nationals IPO 3 Champion
  • 2000 FMBB Homburg,Germany Belgian Shepherd World Vice Champion
  • 2000 Deutscher Verband der Gebrauchshundsportvereine (DVG) America All Breeds Nationals IPO 3 Champion
  • 1999 DVG America All Breeds Nationals IPO 3 Champion
  • 1998 DVG America All Breeds Nationals IPO 3 Champion

Group of Malinois PuppiesPicture yourself standing in the middle of a crowded stadium. You’re in the heat of competition in front of 100’s of dog sport fans, it is a fact that at least half of them will not be cheering for you. Some of them even hate you … Success breeds contempt. It is the most fascinating part of being successful. The disdain that some develop for those who succeed is actually envy. It is inevitable that you will attract haters the closer you get to your goals. There is a saying – If you want to achieve greatness, you have to be willing to be hated. Fortunately, it’s easy to recognize the internet trolls in their attempts to be relevant.

The following titles are of dogs that are not Ot Vitosha bred, but are sired by our Ot Vitosha stud dogs:

  • 2014 American Working Dog Federation (AWDF) National IPO 3 Champion
  • 2012 American Working Malinois Association (AWMA) National IPO 3 Champion
  • 2009 United States Mondio Ring Association (USMRA) National MR3 Champion
  • 2008 American Working Dog federation (AWDF) National IPO 3 Champion
  • 2008 DVG America All Breeds Nationals IPO 3 Champion
  • 2008 United Schutzhund Clubs of America (USCA) North American IPO 3 Champion

Many of our dogs are Police K9s across the country, Search and Rescue (SAR) around the world, and of course a Superior Personal Protection dogs and above all best friends, and family dogs. Be sure to check out their stories in our Hall of Fame dogs and our YouTube channel for their videos.


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