Belgian Malinois

The brilliant, self-assured, and adaptable Belgian Malinois breed excels as a worker of the highest caliber. Belgian Malinois are proud, alert, and well-built herders. They have a strong, well-muscled appearance that is more graceful than massive. The proud head carriage is a breed characteristic. The colors of the coat span from a deep fawn to mahogany. Dark chocolate colored eyes that are vibrant and inquisitive are highlighted by the black ears and mask. You may see for yourself what a bright breed a Belgian Malinois is if you ever watch one do an obedience exercise. However, issues arise when this canine companion is mistreated and underutilized. Mals must get lots of exercise, preferably next to their beloved owner, to be happy.

Males measure 24 to 26 inches in height, while females measure 22 to 24 inches. The usual weight range for the dogs is 60 to 80 pounds. Bitches weigh around 40 to 60 pounds.

The Belgian Malinois is generally a healthy breed with the life expectency being from 14 to 16 years.

The Belgian Malinois also know as the Chien de Berger Belge is one of four herding dog breeds native to Belgium that were first developed in and around the city of Malines. The Malinois, Tervuren, Laekenois, and Belgian Shepherd are all included in some nations’ classification of the Belgian Sheepdog as a single breed. Since 1959, the Malinois has been recognized as a distinct breed in America. Mals are highly regarded as stock herders of various kinds, but their adaptability and strong work ethic have opened doors for careers in a variety of other professions. They are in high demand as K-9s for the military and police.