Belgian Malinois

Ease of Training
Shedding
Watchdog
Guard Dog
Popularity
Size

History

  • His exact origins are unknown but can be traced back to the late 1800s
  • He was bred around the city of Malines, from where he gets his name
  • He's a sheepherder by trade and was used for security on farms
  • Post WWII and in the early 1960s he came to the United States
  • Because of his intelligence and strength he's been used as a protection, detection, police, army, and search and rescue dog

Personality and Behavior

  • He's very intelligent
  • He excels in all physical activities
  • He is affectionate with his human loved-ones
  • His wary nature makes him reserved around strangers
  • He can be aggressive if he feels threatened by strangers or other dogs
  • He's a good watchdog and an unmatched guard dog

Training

  • He's very easy to train. He learns commands very quickly.

Shedding

  • He sheds profusely! You will find a lot of hair in your home - stuck to your couch, carpets and clothes - and to just about everything else. You will be vacuuming regularly.

Grooming / Maintenance

  • His short coat only needs to be brushed occasionally. However, because it sheds profusely you may find yourself brushing it a couple of times a week, or even daily, to reduce the hair in your home (what you remove with a brush doesn't end up on the couch!).

Other varieties

  • Belgian Sheepdog, Belgian Tervuren

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