Close
Click Here To Sign Up!
BaxterBoo Blog
February 3, 2013

Meet the Breed: The Belgian Malinois

main image

 

Overview:

  • Height: 22"- 26”
  • Weight: 55-75 pounds
  • Historical function: Herding
  • Modern function: Narcotics/explosives detection, agility, etc.
  • AKC classification: Herding

Physical Characteristics:

The Belgian Malinois is an athletic squarely-built dog with a fawn to mahogany-colored coat with a dark mask. The coat is short.

History of the Breed:

The Malinois is one of four Belgian herding dogs that are all considered varieties of a single breed in their homeland and was named after the Belgian city of Malines. While the Belgian Malinois is still rare in the USA, it is popular in Belgium.  The Malinois is bred primarily as a working dog for personal protection, detection, police work, search and rescue, and sport work.

Temperament:

The Belgian Malinois, like most herding dogs, is highly intelligent and active. He requires lots of mental and physical stimulation to be at his best, both behaviorally and physically.

  • Best suited for: These high energy, extremely intelligent dogs need leadership, to be challenged, and well exercised daily and therefore are not for everyone, but can make an excellent family companion with the right owners.
  • Preferred living conditions: These working dogs love to have a job to be challenged.

Care and Health:

  • Grooming requirements: Easy-care coat requires occasional brushing to remove dead hair and distribute oils that keep the coat waterproof. Only bathe occasionally. Constant light shedder except for heavy seasonal shedding.
  • Exercise needs: Daily walk, but would prefer a run or hike. Active games are a must.
  • Life expectancy: 12-14 years.
  • Health concerns: This is a healthy breed with occasional eye problems and hip dysplasia.

Breed Club Links: American Belgian Malinois Club

BaxterBoo.com Perfect Pairings:  EzyDog Dogstar Flyer Dog Toy - Red

Have any stories about a Belgian Malinois? Please share!

Photo courtesy of D. Williams (Intrepid Malinois.)

What do you think?

Name:
You are not logged in.
This entry was posted by Mary.

Recent Articles

article image

March 23, 2017

Creating a Pet-Friendly Garden This Spring

If you have a green thumb and pets, you may have a hard time creating a peaceful garden. Dogs and cats don’t always respect these green spaces. Rather than giving up your vegetables and flowers, consider putting the following tips into action t


article image

March 23, 2017

Watch this: Babies Giggle at Pomeranian

Nothing like giggling babies and a sweet Pomeranian to get you through your Thursday! 


article image

March 22, 2017

10 Tricks to Make Sure Your Dog Stays Healthy During the Rainy Season

  As a dog owner, you want to make sure you are taking the best possible care of your pet. When the seasons change, there are different hazards to watch out for and various measures that must be taken in order to ensure your dog doesn’t g


Subscribe to

Baxter's Backyard!