The Belgian Malinois, a member of the AKC Herding group, possesses a strong desire to work and is quick and responsive to commands from his owner. It is both a very smart and obedient dog.
This breed is very confident, exhibiting neither shyness nor aggressiveness in new situations. The dog may be reserved with strangers but is affectionate with his own people.
He is naturally protective of his owner's person and property without being overly aggressive. This breed needs extensive socialization from an early age. Best advice - socialize, socialize, socialize!
Malinios make excellent police and guard dogs and are often used in these canine jobs. This is an excellent working dog for an experienced dog owner and they have an intense prey drive.
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The Malinois is considered a high energy dog and needs a job to do. Working lines can have particularly high drive. All Malinois need a lot of daily exercise.
These dogs have a strong prey drive and are not fond of small pets, however they can be good with other dogs and children if raised and socialized with them - best case, under adult supervision. Typically these dogs weigh 50-75 pounds and are 22-26 inches tall.
This breed is considered a light constant shedder, but sheds quite heavily twice a year. Brush regularly and bathe only when it is absolutely necessary.
The Belgian Malinois is one of four types of Belgian sheep herding dogs registered in Belgium and France. The other varieties are the Tervuren (longhaired fawn), Groenendael (longhaired black), and Laekenois (wirehaired).
Country of origin: Belgium Lifespan: 10-12 years Colors:Fawn to mahogany, with black mask and ears Known health problems: Epilepsy, hip and elbow dysplasia