This breed is very active and will thrive on lots of regular and varied physical exercise and mental stimulation. 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. Intelligent and trainable, the Belgian Malinois possesses a strong desire to work and is happiest with regular activity and a job to do.
Did You Know?
The Malinois is one of four types of Belgian sheepherding dogs registered in Belgium and France as the Chien de Berger Belge.
In Europe and other countries besides the US, the Belgian breeds (including the Malinois) share a common standard.
The Malinois shares a common foundation with the Belgian Sheepdog and the Belgian Tervuren.
The Malinois is historically a herding dog and protector of farm and family, qualities that make him equally important to his owners today.
The Malinois was bred basically around the city of Malines from whence the name is derived.
In the twenty-first century, the breed has proven invaluable to the military. Cairo, a Belgian Malinois, a member of Seal Team Six, played a critical role in the 2011 raid that took down the world’s most notorious terrorist, Osama bin Laden.
colors & Markings
Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.
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