Belgian Shepherd Malinois Description
The chest should not be too narrow or wide, but should be deep. While the hindquarters will have a muscular appearance, they will not be massive in size. The front legs should be straight, and the feet should be circular. The Belgian Malinois has a short, smooth coat that should be red, fawn, mahogany, or black in color. A bit of white may also be on the feet or chest. The Belgian Malinois will feature small eyes which should have the shape of almonds.
The Belgian Malinois is named after the city of Malines in Belgium, and is one of the four main sheepdogs in the country. Although it is recognized by most kennel clubs in the United States, it is rare in this country. However, it is one of the most popular breeds in Belgium.
Also Known As
- Belgian Malinois
- Chien de Berger Belge
- Pastor Belga Malinois
This breed is one of the four major Belgian Sheepdogs. It is intelligent, and will obey the commands that are given to it by its owner. This dog is serious, and will protect those that it cares for. Like the Laekenois, it can be shy, so owners will want to make sure it is socialized while it is a puppy. The Belgian Malinois was bred to work, and they are frequently used as guard dogs. This breed loves receiving attention from their owners, and makes great companions. They enjoy being around their families, and owners will not want to isolate them.
There are no specific health problems that are seen in this breed. Some of these dogs may get skin disorders or eye problems, but they are generally very healthy. The Belgian Malinois has a maximum life expectancy of about 14 years.
These dogs enjoy working, and will need to get extensive amounts of exercise. It is best for owners to unleash them, but this should only be done in a secure location. These dogs can function well in an apartment, but it will be the responsibility of the owner to make sure they get the necessary exercise.
Special Grooming Needs
The Belgian Malinois has a short coat that is easy to care for. A sturdy brush should be used on the coat, and it should only be bathed when it is necessary. These dogs will shed large amounts of fur two times in a single year.