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The Belgian Shepherd Malinois, sporty, cunning and hardworking dog

The Malinois is known for its liveliness and intelligence. But that's not all! It is also a great sportsman, a very cunning dog that will always try to accomplish tasks. Because of its innumerable abilities, the Malinois is nowadays very much in demand by the forces of order. It can also evolve in families, provided that it enjoys regular physical activities.

Characteristics of the Malinois

The Malinois belongs to the large family of Belgian Shepherds as well as the Tervueren (short hair of charcoal color and fawn), the Laekenois (rough hair of charcoal color and fawn) and the Groenendael (long hair and black). It is distinguished by its short hair and its fawn coat shaded with a grey to brown color. With a harmonious physique and a slender silhouette, the Malinois has a straight head with two small triangular ears. The eyes are medium-sized, almond-shaped and dark in color. The muzzle is long and the stop is not very pronounced. The standard of the race wants that the Malinois carries a black mask on the face.

History of the Belgian Shepherd Dog Malinois

The Malinois has its origins in Belgium. Namely, sheepdogs have existed for nearly a century in the country. However, they had different physical appearances. At the dawn of the 20th century, breeders, under the leadership of veterinarian Adolphe Reul, decided to improve the morphology of these dogs, which eventually gave birth to the four types of Belgian Shepherd Dogs. The year 1892 marks a turning point since the first standard will be fixed at this date. The registration to the LOOF will be done nine years later.

Necessary living conditions and behavior of the Malinois

Overflowing with vitality, very vigilant and always on the alert, the Malinois has many qualities that have earned it the recognition of the forces of law and order, which call on it for all sorts of tasks. This dog is always ready for action and is very protective of its owners. Moreover, it is preferable to educate and socialize him from a young age to avoid that he attacks all the people who come too close to you.

The Malinois has all the necessary aptitudes to be an excellent dog for defense, shepherding, guarding or service. It is neither aggressive nor timid and can evolve perfectly with children. On the other hand, it will be necessary to envisage a large house with garden to accomodate it as well as very regular sessions of walk.

Feeding and main health problems of the Belgian Shepherd Malinois

The Malinois is a hardy breed particularly robust. No specific disease is attributed to it even if, as for all the large dogs, it can potentially be touched by a dysplasia of the hip. But here again, the Malinois is less prone to this disease, compared to other dogs of this size.

The diet should be adapted to the sporting nature of the Malinois. Many nutrients, especially carbohydrates and proteins, are essential for its proper development.