7 Responses to Belgian Malinois

  1. Jimmy says:

    I worked and fell in love with the Belgian Malinois while deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. These dogs are very intelligent, athletes of the K9 world, very loyal and can be very protective of their humans and pack. We adopted a 2 year old Malinois last year and he is awesome. They need lots of exercise and attention. They are not couch potatoes. If you can’t dedicate 12+ years to an active lifestyle of at least 4 to 6 hours of exercise, or a physical job every day for them, this is not the dog for you. Too many end up in shelters and rescues because people don’t understand what these dogs needs are. They truly are beautiful animals. And sometimes this beauty blinds a person as to what they are getting into with a Malinois. Active is more of an understatement when describing these K9’s. Since we adopted our Malinois, we no longer need an alarm clock. Our day starts at 0501 when he tells us it’s breakfast time. 0615 it’s first exercise. At 1130 2nd exercise outing. 1400 3rd exercise outing, 1615 4th exercise outing and a 2 mile walk around the neighborhood. 1800 dinner time. 2130 final exercise outing, a small snack and lights out. He keeps us, and his sister K9’s on a tight schedule lol…

    • Guy says:

      Hi Jimmy —

      Thank you for your service.

      I always think it will be difficult for someone to understand the drive of this breed unless they have spent time with them. When I acquired my Mal as a pup, the breeder sat with me for three hours before he agreed to let me have her. Only then was he convinced that my personal activity level was sufficient for her. She is now 2 years old, and “only” knows 85 commands by voice and by hand signals. We are working to extend her off leash distance. Like you, my day is compartmentalized around her. I’m fortunate to be able to spend 16-18 hours a day with her. She has a repetitive routine similar to what you describe. The trainer with whom we work, once said that the Malinois breed is know for the F words – Faithful, Fearless, and Ferocious. We are going through protection training, and scent detection at this time. She is a sponge for new “games.” She is the best decision I’ve ever made. My trainer recognizes how much time I spend with her and has flattered me by offering to buy her. He is retired from a PD in California, and has seen many Mals and GSDs in his 28 years of service.

    • Kimberly Albarran says:

      Hi my name is Kimberly albarran I just got 2females and are 2months I love them they keep me company and they stick right beside me I’m just now learning about them a lady I work for give me there’s dog’s she has more I keep reading on the do you have any special training I could teach them I would like send pictures so u can see them

  2. Alanda O'Brien says:

    I think I have rescued a Malinois but it was described a German Shepherd. I’ve had Shepherds and she is different. When we rescued her from the pound she has heart worms and wasn’t very active but after treatment she is a different dog.She is super active, always playing seems like a child with ADD. I take her for long walks 2 times a day but she is not yet allowed to run yet because of her treatment. The vet thought she was 2 to 3 years old. How can I tell if she is a Malinois? She looks like a GSD in her coloring but her face is not as narrow as a GSD and her eyes look somewhat different. I love her and will work with her everyday although she is a handful.

    • Fritz says:

      How does her back look? GSD’s slope. Mal’s do not. They are a squared dog. Only Shepherd breed that their height is almost equal to their length. More than likely the case you have a shepherd/mix. In the end who cares? You’ll never obtain papers. So what her breed it is a nonpoint. If you love her and her drive works for you then in the end she’s a member of your family. That’s all that matters.

  3. Judy Sanders says:

    This is a balanced and interesting introduction to the Malinois. I’m sorry they seem to be one of the currently “hot” dogs everyone wants. Too much interest in a breed is not good! I have my first Malinois now. She is a rescue and I’m probably her 4th owner and she’s only 7 months old. I have some obedience-training skills and it takes all I have and can study to stay ahead of her! Smart, completely athletic, fast, quick-minded, alert to everything, very mouthy even after a month of work, not very affectionate – more interested in “what’s out there,” but responds to treats, occasionally gets tired enough to chill with me. Learns things too quickly. Easy to teach her the wrong thing! What a powerhouse of a puppy, but she has good sense.

    • Guy says:

      Judy —

      Our trainer (for Celeste and me) has told me that my 2 year old is hampered because she doesn’t respect me. She is much more obedient to the trainer. He told me that I should not expect Celeste to be a “pet.” If I want a pet, I should get a Labrador. Celeste is not one to hug on. Hence, that is why she doesn’t respect me. We started a boot camp to correct that. It kills me when all I can do is praise and pet for her obedience. She has her independence now, and she is beginning to acclimate that I am in charge, as I give her food, and play exciting games with her.

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