The Belgian Malinois is a breed of herding dogs resembling small German Shepherds. These smart, active dogs have great stamina and love to work. The Malinois exudes confidence. Their high play drive matched with strong tracking skills means they excel as police dogs. This breed does well in dog sports and agility events.
The Malinois are people-oriented and will want to be included in your family’s activities. This breed’s intense, athletic, intelligent ways warrant an experienced dog owner. Highly trainable and sensitive, they respond quickly to positive training. The Malinois is affectionate with family and known for having a sense of humor. They are assertive yet aloof with strangers.
For more on the breed check out the American Kennel Club
The life expectancy of the breed is 12-14 years.
Size & Activity Level
The Belgian Malinois will range in size from 40-80 pounds. Some are friendly and assertive, while others are reserved and aloof with strangers. With their high energy level and sensitive nature, they are better suited for those who have previously owned dogs and have experience training them. They should be included in all family activities.
Care & Grooming
The Malinois has a short, smooth, and coarse coat that is easy to groom. They will need weekly brushing and occasional baths. They are constant shedders who lose their coat heavily twice a year.