Belgian Malinois

The Belgian Malinois was developed in Belgium.  It is a herding breed.  They are used as a guardian, assistance and herding trails. The life span of the breed is 10-12 years.  The breed is also called as Belgian Malinois, Chien de Berger Belge, Mechelaar, Mechelse Herder (Mechelse Scheper), Pastor Belga Malinois.

Belgian Malinois

Origin / History:
  • The Belgian Malinois was developed in Belgium in 1900s
  • The Belgian Malinois was recognized and registered by Club Societe Royale de St. Hubert in 1901 
  • In 1911, the first Belgian Malinois was imported in the United States and recognized by the AKC (American Kennel Club).
  • They were also recognized as a part of the herding class of dogs
Nature / qualities:
The Belgian Malinois is a loving and playful dog.  They are very protective and territorial to their owner and home. They make very close bond with one or two people and become loyal to them. They need to be socialized from a young age, or else they may become shy.  They are very alert dogs. They love to be among family and do things.  They can be trained easily. They are either too aggressive or too shy.

Physical Appearance:
The height of Belgian Malinois is 22-26 inches (56-66 cm) and the weight is 55-65 pounds (24-29 kg). The Belgian Malinois is a medium-size, muscular and hard working dog. Its body is almost as long as it is tall. They have almond-shaped, dark eyes. The nose is dark.  They have erect and alert ears.  The tail is long. Their legs are long and strong.  The color of the breed is rich fawn to mahogany, with black tips on the hairs giving an overlay appearance. The mask and ears are black. The underparts of the body, tail and breeches are lighter fawn, but washed-out fawn color on the body is a fault. The tips of the toes may be white, and a small white spot on the breastbone/prosternum is permitted, not to extend to the neck.

Health Concerns:
The Belgian Malinois is generally a healthy breed with no major health problem. However there are some health concerns like skin allergies, eye problems, excessive shyness, excessive aggressiveness and occasionally seen hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia.

Daily grooming and regular brushing is needed in order to maintain the healthy coat. Lots of regular exercise should be provided to them along with running and jogging.

The cost of purchasing this breed is $ 1200 USD

  • Good watch dogs
  • Excellent police dogs
  • They get along well with cats and other animals if properly socialized
  • They tend to be dominate with other dogs


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