by Ivan Balabanov
Malinois Ot Vitosha is a highly respected name around the world, and there is a reason for it! Ot Vitosha are the only American bred and trained dogs (of any breed) to ever hold the title of World Champion! In fact, we have done it not once, but twice! This kind of success doesn’t just happen overnight by chance.
My Malinois are not a hobby, they are my life and addiction, this is all I do, so yes I am a professional. Since 1989, I have been very successful breeding Belgian Malinois under the name Ot Vitosha, with a clear goal to maintain a certain type of Malinois – fearless dog, with perfect working ethic and health but most importantly an excellent family dog!
My objective for almost 30 years has been to breed the best Belgian Malinois...in the world. 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. Dominating dog competitions for over 20+ years is my statement to you. It is a fact that many of the working Malinois kennels in the USA have strong Ot Vitosha line pedigrees, but ultimately there is only one Ot Vitosha kennel.
Year after year our Malinois compete and win against the best in the country and the world. If you browse through my dogs’ individual pages, you will find pedigrees, videos and information on my current breeding dogs as well as some of the legendary dogs that put their stamp on my line of dogs. I invite you to look at my accomplishments and see for yourself why we are known in the dog world as the breeder of World Champion Malinois.
It was in Bulgaria, where Ivan was born, that he first developed his love for dogs and training. Bringing home stray dogs, much to the disapproval of his parents, he developed a burning desire and inspiration to prove not only to himself but to the world what magnificent creatures they are. He found early success in Europe before coming to the US to further his dream. Ivan quickly became a household name as a result of his enviable talent in working with dogs, and accumulated countless accolades, accreditations, championships, and a global following.