The Belgian Malinois is one of four different
types of the Belgian Sheepdog - the Tervuren,
Laekenois and Groenendael. These dogs were bred
about a 100 years ago by a group of trainers and
competitors seeking an excellent working dog.
The name comes from the city of Malines in Belgium.
The Belgian Malinois made its first appearance
in the United States in 1911 when some of the
best Belgian bloodlines were imported and bred.
It remained quite popular only until WWII - after
which interest declined. In 1963, breed activity
- while slow to start - started to pick up. And,
by 1965 the breed was enjoying a renewed and popular
presence in the United States.
The Belgian Malinois is recognized for its character,
intelligence and talent as a working dog. While
these dogs are not as common in the United States,
it remains one of the most popular shepherd breeds
24-26 inches (61-66 cm) Females: 22-24 inches
pounds (24-29 kg)
Coat Type: Short
and dense - smooth. Grooming is minimal. The Belgian
Malinois is a constant - although light - shedder.
Heavy shedding occurs twice a year.
The Belgian Malinois colors can vary greatly.
Acceptable colors: base color of grey to fawn
to mahogany with a black mask and ears, and with
some degree of black tipping on the hairs, giving
an overlay appearance. The color tends to be lighter
with less black agouti or overlay on the dog's
underside, breeching, and inside the legs.
The Belgian Malinois is confident and naturally
protective of its master and property. Smart,
obedient. This breed is not aggressive. Reserved
with strangers and affectionate with family or
with those he is familiar with. Extensive socialization
should begin at an early age. Firm (not harsh)
training is necessary. This working breed has
a lot of energy and is commonly used as police
and guard dogs.
problems include epilepsy, cataracts, thyroid,
pannus, HD and PRA. The life span of the Belgian
Malinois is 10-14 years.
AKC: Group 7 - Herding
ANKC: Group 5 - Working Dogs
KC: Pastoral Group
UKC: Herding Group