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Belgian Malinois Terrier Characteristics

Breed Group: Herding Group
Height: Male: 24-26 inches tall, Females: 22-24 inches tall
Weight: Male: 60-65 lb., Female: 55-60 lb.
Color: Rich fawn to mahogany with a black mask and ears.
Temperment: Belgian Malinois are intelligent, courageous, affectionate, easily trained, protective, and reserved with strangers.
Origins: A Belgian dog excelled at protecting his home and master.


About the Belgian Malinois Dog

The Belgian Malinois was originally used as a livestock herding dog in the 1800s.

Today these dogs are used as companion and security dogs.

The Belgian Malinois Temperment and Intelligence

The Malinois are very active and alert dogs who are always ready to protect their family. They are extremely intelligent and very obedient towards their owners. They need to be trained and socialized young so that they are not territorial with other dogs away from their home. This instinct for protection makes them excellent guard dogs and loyal family pets. They love their families and are great with children. They love to be with their family and do not like to be away kept in a kennel by themselves. They tend to have a lot of energy so they are not entertained they will make themselves busy in possibly destructive ways. Though this dog is excellent for some families, it is not meant to be a first dog for a family because they do take a lot of work. They can be challenging if not handled properly and can become aggressive.

Belgian Malinois Characteristics

Belgian Malinois have dark brown, almond shaped eyes with black rims around them. Their ears stand upright in the shape of a perfect triangle. Unlike most dogs, this breed has a flat skull, pointed muzzle, strong jaws and a black nose and lips. The tail is strong and tapers into a curve when raised. Their legs are straight and strong with round, well padded paws. The toes on this dog are usually black although they have also been known to be white. The coat is short around the head, ears, and lower legs and is rough because like other breeds they too have a dense undercoat. They have longer hair around their neck, tail and back of the thighs. These dogs come in various colors ranging from fawn to mahogany with black tips throughout. Their ears and mask are black while the under part of the dog is usually fawn. White may be seen on the tips of the toes and breastbone but should not continue to the neck.

Belgian Malinois Health Concerns

This breed is relatively healthy and has no known major health concerns. Some problems that have been reported throughout the breed are skin allergies, eye problems, excessive shyness or aggression as well as dysplasia.

Choosing a Belgian Malinois

The Belgian Malinois will do fine in an apartment with a good amount of exercise though a home with an average sized yard is preferred. Though this breed can do well alone and outside, it prefers to be in the company of their family.

More Information on the Belgian Malinois Breed:

You can also browse the forums for more information by owners of this wonderful breed. See the following:

Discuss the Belgian Malinois Here
View Belgian Malinois Pictures in the Forum Here

 

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