Height: 22-26 in.
Weight: 40-75 lbs
Color: Black-tipped fawn, red, brown, tan
Lifespan: 12-15 years
Temperament: Active, intelligent, friendly, alert, hard-working, stubborn, protective
Original Use: Herding
The Belgian Malinois is one of four types of Belgian herding dogs that bear a remarkable resemblance to that of a German Shepherd. They are medium-sized, incredibly intelligent and agile working dogs that learn quickly. They are commonly used for a variety of occupations including therapy, search and rescue, police K-9 units, and the military. They also make great performance dogs.
The Malinois is friendly, assertive, and a great protector that likes to be included in all family activities. If not socialized properly at a young age, they will grow to become reserved, territorial, and aloof with strangers and other dogs. Due to their high energy levels, demanding nature, and sensitivity, they do not do well with harsh training methods. For this reason, the Malinois is only recommended for those experienced with owning and training working dogs.
With sufficient exercise, they can live in apartments, but a home with an average-sized yard is preferred. They also should not be left alone for long periods of time. The Belgian Malinois is a world-class working dog with the confidence and pride to show for it. They will instinctively display their herding behavior including chasing and nipping at heels, which should undoubtedly be discouraged.