Thinking about purchasing a Belgian Malinois? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Belgian Malinois breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Belgian Malinois owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Belgian Malinois and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Belgian Malinois Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Belgian Malinois and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Belgian Malinois Breed Profile
Description: The Belgian Malinois a very intelligent, lively breed who excels in an active family environment. They are identical to the Belgian Sheepdog (Groenendael), Belgian Tervuren, as well as the Laekenois, except their coat is short and mahogany in coloring. All four dogs are spawned from the same breed, and closely resemble each other save for their coats. Belgian Malinois are also the only Belgian shepherd to have smooth coats, not wiry or fluffy. Closely resembling the German Shepherd, these dogs are the second least popular breed among the Belgian shepherds which makes them somewhat rare. Belgian Malinois are a medium-large sized dog, who can come in all shades of red, fawn, and gray, and always with the black face. The Malinois was the first of the Belgian shepherds to establish its type, therefore making this breed the gauge by which other Belgians are judged. Belgian Malinois are graceful, swift, and agile on their feet. Malinois do not tend to be friendly to anyone that walks by, as they have been used over the centuries as guard dogs and herders and tend to remain very reserved. The Belgian Malinois is a no-nonsense dog who must be taken seriously by their owner. It is recommended an owner be an experience dog person.
Other Names: Malinois, Chien de Berger Belge, Malinois Shepherd Dog
Type: Herding Dog
Males: 24 - 26 inches; Females: 22 - 24 inches
Colors: All shades
of red, fawn, gray, with black overlap. Faces and ears are black.
Malinois are obedient, hard working, loyal, reserved, protective, intelligent,
attentive, and very active. If not occupied for a long time, they may turn to
mischief for entertainment. Although they are generally very alert, this breed
is probably less snappy than it's relative counterparts. They tend to be one-person
Watch-dog: Very High. Sheepdogs
are very alert and aware of their surroundings.
Care and Training: Brush
their coat regularly with a firm bristle brush and bathe only when necessary
as bathing removes the waterproofing of their coat. Shedding is bi-annual. Belgian
Malinois is a working dog and needs a lot of exercise, preferably off the leash
as much as possible. Early training will prevent puppies from developing a sharp
temper and discourage aggressive tendencies.
Activity: High. Malinois
need lots of exercise for continual physical and mental development.
Belgian Malinois Health Issues: The Belgian Malinois are free from hereditary diseases a majority of the time, although problems such as epilepsy, hip and elbow dysplasia should be checked out. Possible health issues also include anesthesia sensitivity, cancer, PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy), thyroid problems, eye problems.
Life Span: 10 - 14 years
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
1912 (was registered as the Belgian Sheepdog until 1959)
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