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Malinois Breed Summary

Energetic, Intelligent, Affectionate, Loyal and Active

These doggies are a variant of the Belgian Shepherd however, they are sometimes treated as a distinct breed. But here in the UK, they are considered a variant.

They are fairly difficult to live with, especially for first time owners, as they have high energy requirements. For this reason, they probably need to be placed with 'hoomans' who have experience and knowledge of handling the breed.

Fun Fact: There are three other varieties of the Belgian Shepherd, alongside the Malinois!

Kennel Club Group Herding
Lifespan 13 – 14 years
Height (at the withers) Female 56–62 cm, Male 60–66 cm
Weight Female 20–25 kg, Male 25–30 kg
Coat Coats are Long, with an Outer and Undercoat.
Common health issues Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), Hip and elbow dysplasia, Cancer, Epilepsy, Hypothyroidism, Retained testicular disease, Skin allergies

These doggies love having a job to complete and because of their energy levels, will need a family who undertake lots of physical activities that these pooches can join in with. They are therefore not suitable for ‘hoomans’ who enjoy spending a weekend staying in and relaxing and also quite difficult for first time owners due to the maintenance and time needed to look after them. However, they are also very intelligent, which makes them relatively to train. Just remember, intelligent doggies will pick up quickly on habits that they think they can get away with – so it’s important you watch what they pick up from you and their environment! However, with a family that have a good amount of time to spare, they make excellent pets.

The Malinois is a variety of the Belgian Shepherd dog and can be traced back to the Middle Ages! The breed was then re-developed in the late 1800’s in Belgium to create four different varieties. It’s thought that the Malinois were named after the region they were developed in. It was in 1891 that they received their breed standard and they have since become increasingly popular. They were also used during WW1 and 2 as messenger dogs as well as pulling ambulance and machine gun carts! These doggies are now well known across the world and all four varieties are recognised as one breed by the Kennel club.