Marianne and John Brett live right on the borders of Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire, in lovely rural surroundings.

Marianne was born in Sweden but moved to England in 1988,

John has always lived in Yorkshire.

We have both kept and bred animals for most of our lives,

of a large variety ranging from worms to dogs and sheep. Marianne is a past show judge of hamsters, fancy rats and mice and pet cats.

We used to breed and show the Blondbella Persian and Exotic cats for 25 years but retired from breeding cats in 2014.
We bred the Goldmali Malinois from 2005 to 2020 and have now had our last litter.
There may be some Papillon pups in the future, but we are getting older so have to be sensible.


Marianne                                       John

(Okay, we have both aged, gone grey and "grown bigger" since these photos.)            

We breed for TEMPERAMENT, HEALTH and BREED TYPE in equal measures.
A dog has to be healthy, have the correct temperament AND still be able to look like its breed.
In Malinois we have for the past few years been mixing showlines and working lines to get the best of both worlds -we believe
there should not need to be a split between show type and working type, a good dog should have it all. It's a work in progress, but we do our best.

Marianne was a Kennel Club Assured Breeder between 2011 and April 2021 and we passed our inspection by the KC in May 2015 and in May 2018.
The resignation was simply because of no longer breeding.

We both have (adult) children that all are animal mad, and Marianne has a grandson born to daughter Melanie and her husband Kallum in February 2015, and a granddaughter born in August 2017. Another grandchild is due November 2021!
Most of our family have helped out at shows, with Melanie handling regularly in the showring until she became a mother (handling both our breeds), Benjamin is still handling occasionally (both breeds), and
both Melanie and Benjamin have taken part in training classes and passed the different levels of the Kennel Club's Good Citizen Dog Scheme
awards, with an assortment of Papillons.

 Melanie                                              Benjamin

(Handling at Crufts as teenagers)

Marianne writes the breed notes for Malinois in OUR DOGS.

Marianne has in the past worked as a veterinary nurse, dog groomer and kennel maid, and is the author of

several books on pet care, most now likely out of print.


*GULDHAMSTERN (Swedish), ICA 1986. (As Marianne Bornhult)

(As Marianne Mays:)






(The "Your First" books now known as "HOW TO CARE FOR..")

*PERSIAN CATS, Kingdom 1996



*WORLD OF CATS, Gramercy 1999




 Marianne does have several mental health problems that make life complicated, being unable to make or receive phonecalls, go outside on her own,
be alone at home for more than short periods at time etc,
so she is now classified as disabled, with John being her carer.
Thankfully, Marianne finds dog people the easiest to feel relaxed with -and of course animals!
 Fen the Malinois, an Assistance Dog,
Lottie the world's loveliest little Parti Poodle, Polly the happiest little mismarked Papillon you will ever meet, and Prince the elderly Persian cat are never far from her side.

Our animals are first and foremost family members.

The dogs mainly live indoors although the stud dogs (Malinois only) have to live in kennels for practical reasons. Most have a spayed bitch companion.
Puppies are ALWAYS reared indoors as part of the family and are never kenneled. They get used to all household noises, cats, adult dogs, children and adults.

The indoor cats have a safely enclosed run to go out in. (Cheetah the rescue cat certainly makes the most of it! Especially during the night.)

The cats are not allowed outside otherwise -it is too dangerous.

The majority of the dogs do or have at some point attended training classes.

In total Marianne has passed, with a lot of different dogs, 55 different Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog tests, ranging from Bronze to Gold, since the first Bronze with Rufus the Cavalier in 1995.
Melanie and Benjamin have passed 11 GC tests, making the family total 66 as of March 2018.

Dandy, Ripley and Arnie (all now gone) competed and were placed in obedience although at low levels.

  Marianne doesn't particularly enjoy handling the dogs at shows so John does most of the handling (realising his dream of running through the arch into the big ring at Crufts in 2010
when he took Best of Breed with Ripley).
All four of us -Marianne, John, Melanie and Benjamin- have handled at Crufts. Melanie and Benjamin were both 14 years old the first times they handled a dog at Crufts.

We have bred many show winning dogs of both breeds as well as dogs competing successfully in obedience, rally, agility, working trials, scentwork trials, flyball, K9 Toss & Fetch,
and professional dogs such as security dogs, two Malinois therapy dogs, a cadaver dog, search and rescue dogs, assistance dogs. And above all family members.
In 2012, 2013 and 2014 Goldmali were the second most successful breeders of Malinois in the showring in the UK.

(In no particular order and not by any means a complete list!)
RIPLEY - Champion Sabrefield Zimply Zuper. Ripley was our first Malinois and foundation bitch, bred by Liz Richardson of the famous Sabrefield kennels.
Ripley is to date the only Malinois ever to have gained her Champion title AT Crufts, where she won Best of Breed in 2010. ALL Goldmali Malinois are descended from her.


TANNI - Goldmali Brown Sugar ShCM. Owned by Janice Tyers, Tanni was only the second ever Malinois to gain the Show Certificate of Merit title.
She also won 2 CCs and 3 RCCs at shows, and an all breed Best in Show at an Open show.


BLISS - Goldmali Kiss From A Rose. Owned by Christine Smith, Bliss won an all breed Best Puppy in Show in 2015, she has gained her Flyball Dog,
Flyball Dog Intermediate, Flyball Dog Graduate, Flyball Dog Advanced, Flyball Dog Silver and Flyball Dog Gold awards,
and she was the TOP Malinois for 2017 in the British Flyball Association. In 2020 Bliss competed in YKC flyball at Crufts. The Brid Bay young team placed 4th.


KAYLEE - Goldmali Kaylee, owned by Jacky Walker. Kaylee was the top Malinois in flyball (BFA) 2019.
She has been awarded Flyball Dog, Flyball Dog Intermediate, Flyball Dog Graduate and Flyball Dog Advanced.
In 2020 she was part of the Karmandos flyball team at Crufts and they placed second overall. And she was on the TV coverage.


HETTY - Goldmali Lucky Star, owned by Ella. Hetty is currently one of only two Malinois PAT Dog (Pets As Therapy) in the UK. She is also a qualified tracking dog trained to
police dog standards. She's one of few who can track lost dogs, indeed the FIRST. Hetty is also a dog model and has many other roles -the most important being as her owner's best friend.


WISH - Goldmali Kismet, owned by Pauline Jackson. Wish was the TOP 2019 UK Toss & Fetch dog and she is doing very well indeed in the worldwide standings.


ZELDA - Goldmali Kalinka. Owned by Karen Denton, Zelda (Malinois) is the first dog of any breed to win a Level 7 Scentwork UK trial.
She has now passed level 8.


BARLEY- Goldmali Only You. Owned by Karen Denton, Barley (Malinois) won her first Scentwork UK trial (level 1) at just 18 weeks of age, and won
Level 4 aged 8 months. She passed her Good Citizen Gold test the day after she was old enough to take it.


MEEMEE- Canadian Champion Spinillons Goldmali Had To Be Me. Owned by Lorraine Nelligan, Meemee in Canada is the first Papillon Champion bred by Goldmali.


OLMEC - Goldmali Gideon (Papillon). Gained his Flyball Dog award and competed regularly in flyball. Such a pity his owner decided to not keep her dogs and handed
him over to rescue without telling me!


ZARA - Goldmali Cherish. Owned by Alison Pell, Zara (Malinois) competes in obedience class C and agility grade 6, and has competed in the inter regional
and world cup obedience at Crufts.


ASPEN - Goldmali Fire With Fire. Owned by Thea Jellicoe, Aspen broke BOTH his frontlegs in an accident and required extensive surgery, yet is now competing in working trials.


TAIMA- Goldmali Flashdance. Owned by Thea Jellicoe, with 2 CCs and 8 RCCs Taima was for years the Malinois who has won the highest number of Reserve CCs in the UK.


FEN - Goldmali Kite (Malinois). The first Goldmali to be trained as an assistance dog.
Yes Fen can open and shut doors, fill the washing machine, empty the tumble dryer, pick up anything you drop etc etc.
He is however certified as an assistance dog for wellbeing, eg. mental health.


REGGIE - Goldmali Flash CD ex. Owned by Christine Merritt, Reggie was part of the Essex Dog Display Team (retired in 2017) touring the country, and was seen on TV in Countryfile Live,
 as well as in a programme about dogs with Jeremy Kyle, where Reggie was sent to attack Mr Kyle on command -and then to stop, of course.
Reggie competes in working trials and has gained his CD Ex qualification. (And he is a pure show line dog.)


FIONN - Goldmali By Your Side. Owned by Sarah Liddy, Fionn had a long agility career (level 6) and was still competing fit and healthy aged 11.
When he retired he became a therapy dog for Therapy Dogs Ireland. Sadly Fionn has now passed away.