Belgian Malinois

Belgian Malinois
Herding Group

Belgian Malinois - General Information

Weight: 60-65 lbs

Height: male: 24-26, female 22-24 inches

Color(s): rich fawn to mahogany, with black-tipped hairs; black mask and ears

Character: A working breed that needs a job to do. Very energetic, watchful, and protective of their companions as well as their territory. Given the right job, training, and exercise, this dog will be sure to thrive. Requires extensive socialization from puppyhood.

Temperament: Very intelligent, this breed can do well around children and other pets given the proper socialization and activities. Recommended around larger and less passive pets, and older and more respectable children. The Belgian Malinois is very obedient, eager to please and a great working dog.

Care: This shorthaired breed is relatively easy to groom. Regular brushing with a firm bristle brush will remove any excess hair, and keep the coat beautiful. Only bathe when necessary as regular bathing can dry out the skin and coat. A rather light shedder, the Belgian Malinois does shed heavily given the season.

Training: This breed is fairly easy to train. The Belgian Malinois is eager to please, great working breed, and very intelligent. Does well in obedience training if consistent, firm, and experienced. The Belgian Malinois is a difficult breed to handle if proper precautions are not taken.

Activity: The Belgian Malinois will do well in an apartment environment, if given sufficient exercise. However, it is recommended that this breed have a medium to large yard. A very active breed, regular exercise is necessary.