We had the good fortune of connecting with Gerhard Maale and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Gerhard, how do you think about risk?
I have always been a risk taker. I grew up participating in many extreme sports and I have always been drawn to high risk activities. From a business standpoint more risk equals more reward. The dog breeding industry is a very high risk business that requires a very large amount of upfront investment with little to no return for years. When you buy a dog that you intend to breed there is all kinds of things that can go wrong between the time of purchase and the age that they are breedable.

What should our readers know about your business?
I breed and train working dogs. A working dog is any dog that is bred for a purpose other than a pet. Most of the dogs that I own, and train are working guard dogs meaning they patrol property and stop trespassers whether they are man or animals. They can be taught to protect property, people, or livestock. Most of these are exceedingly rare breeds from eastern Europe, Russia, and South Africa that I had imported into the United States. The dog’s range in size from 140-240lbs. They range in price from $3500-$10,000. These breeds include Caucasian Ovcharkas, Central Asian Ovcharkas, American Molossus, Boerboels, and Armenian Gamprs. The biggest challenge breeding these dogs is finding suitable buyers. Clients are thoroughly vetted to make sure they have the correct facilities and knowledge to own one of these strong breeds. I currently have 3 litters of puppies on the ground. I also train personal protection dogs that are either German Shepherds or Belgium Malinois. These dogs are sold at a year old after they undergo extensive training. I have two right now that will be available in 6 months.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
There are a lot of great places to visit in the Dallas area. One of my favorite restaurants is an Asian fusion restaurant called Chino China Town. It is great to go there for dinner and it is located very close to the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge that overlooks the Trinity River and the Downtown skyline. There is also a dive bar in the same area called Lee Harveys. They have great atmosphere and some of the best burgers. You can never go wrong catching a Stars game at the American Airlines center. If you are visiting in April, you will not want to miss the Blue Bonnet Trails located south of town in Ennis Texas. If you are looking for an upscale dining option Al Biernat’s has some amazing seafood and steak. If you like arcade games, there is a great bar called the CiderCade.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My family has helped tremendously in making my dream a reality and I could not have done it without them.

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Gerhard Maale

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