Belonging to the Herding breed of dogs, the widely popular dog in Europe and the US, Belgian Malinois is extensively used as a working dog mainly for crime and police tasks like detecting odors of explosives, accelerants, narcotics, tracking down criminals, in rescue missions and search works.
|Other Names||Belgian Shepherd Dog, Malinois|
|Color||Black, black and tan, gray|
|Group (of Breed)||Herding|
|Lifespan||11 to 13 years|
|Weight||65 to 75 pounds (29 to 34 kg approx.)|
||Large; 24 to 26 inches (60 to 66 cm approx.)|
|Temperament||Loyal, responsive, intelligent, alert|
|Good with Child||No|
|Litters||6-10 puppies at a time|
|Common Nickname||Pastor Belga Malinois|
|Competitive Registration||CKC, FCI, AKC, UKC, KCGB, CKC, NKC, NZKC, ANKC, APRI, ACR, DRA, NAPR|
These dogs evolved in the 1800s in Belgium and mainly served as sheepdogs.
These obedient, committed, watchful and territorial dog love masters who don’t dominate or rude, or else the dog too will not cooperate. They are good with children and would socialize well if taught from puppyhood. Herding behaviors like circling, chasing, roaming aimlessly or biting at people’s heels are often seen in them.
Belgian malinois is a mild-to-average shedder. However, it sheds heavily only twice every year.
These highly active dogs need foods rich in nutrients. They are meat dogs and love to eat plenty of meat, and hence, a rib bone per week or an oxtail suit to be fine. Egg and yoghurt, 1 tbsp every week, is healthy for them. You can add electrolytes to its drinking water, and can also serve them with fruit or vegetable juice (which you can store as ice cubes to ease work) 3 to 4 times weekly. Dogs fed with 28% to 32% of protein in their diet tend to receive fewer training injuries, however, the typical fat content of the diet of the dog should be between 25% and 32%. But give them small meals every time. For dry foods, a good quality food is recommended. 2-3 cups, divided into two courses of meal should be enough to meet their daily need.
Train them, better by an experienced owner, to socialize when you bring home the puppies, since the adulthood temperament depends on how good the puppy was trained. It might be tough to take on them later, if you don’t set rules clearly, or do not teach them the do’s and don’ts of living with its owner’s family, so that a natural authority and confidence of the owner over his pet is revealed.
Points of Difference
|Height; Weight||24-26 inches; 65-75 pounds||26-26 inches; 85-100 pounds||22-25 inches; 50-70 pounds|
|Coat||Fine, wire||Medium||Long, flat, harsh|
|Group||Herding||Herding and working||Herding|
|Good with Child||No||No||Yes|
|Litter Size||6-10 puppies||5-10 puppies||8-12 puppies|
|Life Expectancy||11-13 years||9-13 years||12-15 years|
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