Belgian Malinois Dog Breed Information

  • AKA:Malinois, Chien de Berger Belge
  • Size:Medium/Large
  • Ease of Training:Medium/High
  • Grooming:Low
  • Shedding:High
  • Exercise Needed:High
  • Energy Level:Daily walk
  • Protection:Medium
  • Good with Children:Yes, with older and more considerate children, and with children the dog has been raised with
  • Health Clearances:OFA, CERF
  • Weight:60-65 lbs
  • Height:Male: 24-26, Female 22-24 inches
  • Coat Colour:rich fawn to mahogany, with black-tipped hairs; black mask and ears

Belgian Malinois Coat

The Belgian Malinois is a shorthaired breed that doesn't require much maintenance. Has somewhat of a coarse and harsh coat, which is strong enough to be weather resistant. Neck hair is slightly longer, and has a dense undercoat.

Belgian Malinois Character

A working breed that needs a job to do. Very energetic, watchful, and protective of their companions as well as their territory. Given the right job, training, and exercise, this dog will be sure to thrive. Requires extensive socialization from puppyhood.

Belgian Malinois Temperament

Very intelligent, this breed can do well around children and other pets given the proper socialization and activities. Recommended around larger and less passive pets, and older and more respectable children. The Belgian Malinois is very obedient, eager to please and a great working dog.

Belgian Malinois Care

This shorthaired breed is relatively easy to groom. Regular brushing with a firm bristle brush will remove any excess hair, and keep the coat beautiful. Only bathe when necessary as regular bathing can dry out the skin and coat. A rather light shedder, the Belgian Malinois does shed heavily given the season.

Belgian Malinois Activity

The Belgian Malinois will do well in an apartment environment, if given sufficient exercise. However, it is recommended that this breed have a medium to large yard. A very active breed, regular exercise is necessary.

Belgian Malinois Health and Life Expectancy

The lifespan of the Belgian Malinois is 10-14 years, and there are a number of health problems and disorders that are associated with the breed. This includes cataracts, epilepsy, thyroid problems, PRA, HD, and pannus. The parents of your Belgian Malinois puppy should have OFA and CERF certificates.