Malinois are known for their strong working abilities
Also referred to as the Belgian Shepherd Dog, The Belgian Malinois, as it is called in America, is a common breed in the herding class. They are known for their strong working abilities. Common colors range from tan to black and dark brown. They are often be mistaken by those who are not familiar with the breed as little German Shepherds. While they have some things in common, their backgrounds differ and the Malinois is a different breed.
Malinois range from 22-26 inches tall with males being larger than females. Average weight ranges from 55-70 pounds. They have a wiry coat that is susceptible to shedding. The Malinois is a hearty breed that was conditioned to work vigorously at it's job. Despite their abilities to guard, they are very loving to their pack. Like most breeds, if they are properly socialized they are good with strangers. Malinois are known to have some of the highest energy levels of any dog. They are often known to exhibit puppy like behaviors until age 3. It is essential to give these dogs rigorous exercise and stimulation to maintain a healthy relationship. Malinois excel in obedience, agility, search and other dog sports.
When looking for a family pet, the Malinois can be a great one. They form lasting bonds and are very loving to their pack. Dogs need training to be their best and the Malinois is no exception. With a proper outlet for their energy and awareness of their boundaries, they can be great members of the family. As long as they are given the time, Belgian Malinois can give families a lifetime of happiness.