The short, weatherproof coat requires routine brushing; sheds out twice a year.
Intelligent and trainable, the Belgian Malinois possesses a strong desire to work and is happiest with regular activity and a job to do. A relatively easy keeper due to their medium size and short coat, this confident breed loves their families, but may be somewhat reserved with strangers. They are naturally protective of their owners without being overly aggressive.
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds. The Belgian Malinois is a medium breed and has a lifespan of 14 to 16 years.
What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
It is a relatively easy keeper due to their medium size and short coat. They do shed however, and extra brushing sessions will be needed during the shedding seasons. A good slicker brush will help remove dead coat during shedding season. Their nails should be trimmed regularly to avoid overgrowth and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection.Teeth should be brushed regularly.
If you’ve ever had the pleasure of watching a police-dog handler put a Mal through an obedience routine, you’ve seen firsthand what an obedient, bright, and eager breed this is. Problems arise, though, when this smart, people-oriented dog is underemployed and neglected. Exercise, and plenty of it, preferably side by side with their adored owner, is paramount to Mal happiness. To deprive a Mal of activity and human companionship is to deprive him of his very reasons for being.
Belgian Malinois &HEALTH
Like all breeds there may be some health issues. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Belgian Malinois are healthy dogs.
Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Belgian Malinois can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.