Belgian Malinois Breed

Belgian Malinois :

General Information
Dog Name: Belgian Malinois (Nickname: Maline)
Dog breed Group: Herding dogs
Size Category: Large dog breeds
Height: Ranges from one foot, ten inches to two feet, two inches (measured from the shoulder).
Weight: Ranges from 40 to 80 pounds.
Lifespan: Ranges from 12 to 14 years.

Brief History
The Belgian Malinois is one of four breeds of sheepdog that were developed in nineteenth century Belgium. In the early twentieth century the breed became popular at dog shows in Belgium, where they performed better than most other sheepdogs. The breed went on to work in several roles during World War I, as messenger dogs, Red Cross dogs and light machine gun cart dogs. After the war many soldiers brought these dogs home with them, and the breed began to gain popularity in the USA and Europe. Nowadays the Belgian Malinois is highly respected for their careers in the military and with the police force. 

Dog Breed Characteristics

A. Protection Ability
The military and police force consider this breed to be one of the top guard dogs around. With its strong yet light build and high intelligence, the Belgian Malinois will put up a fierce fight – it is a force to be reckoned with.

B. Ease of Training
The Belgian Malinois is intelligent, agile, and a quick learner. They do very well in a range of activities, including tracking, herding, flyball and obedience. They are eager to please and so dog training is typically a breeze.

C. Playfulness
These dogs have a high play drive, which means that they love to play, and always have time for their owners. They're very affectionate with their owners, and particularly enjoy playing with kids.

D. Exercise needs
The Belgian Malinois needs twenty minutes of exercise at least three or four times a day. A relaxing stroll isn't going to cut it – this breed needs to be active, and the best way to exercise them is to play games or sports with them.

E. Adaptability
As long as this breed has room to roam, they will be happy. They are comfortable in any type of weather, and can spend periods of time alone. Novice owners can take on this breed, provided they have the energy and determination that the Belgian Malinois needs from an owner.