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Belgian Malinois vs Border Collie – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Belgian Malinois vs Border Collie" Compare Belgian Malinois and Border Collie. Which is better: Belgian Malinois or Border Collie?
Name Belgian Malinois Border Collie
OriginsBelgium England Scotland Wales
Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
Popularity Rank4438
Reviews110
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Other Names Malinois Scotch Sheep Dog, Sheepdog
Breed Type Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1959 as a Herding breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1995 as a Herding breed.
FCI Group Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section.
Breed Recognition American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Canadian Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
Australian National Kennel Council
Continental Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
Australian National Kennel Council
Continental Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
The American Int. Border Collie Registry
The American Border Collie Association
Price $1200-$1400 $600-$800

General Appearance - Belgian Malinois vs Border Collie

Size Large Large
Weight Male: 65-75 pounds (29-34 kg), Female: 60-70 pounds (27-32 kg) Male: 30-45 pounds (14-20 kg), Female: 27-42 pounds (12-19 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 70 pounds (31.5 kg), Female: 65 pounds (29.5 kg) Male: 37.5 pounds (17 kg), Female: 34.5 pounds (15.5 kg)
Height Male: 24-26 inches (61-66 cm), Female: 22-24 inches (56-61 cm) Male: 19-22 inches (48-56 cm), Female: 18-21 inches (46-53 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 25 inches (63.5 cm), Female: 23 inches (58.5 cm) Male: 20.5 inches (52 cm), Female: 19.5 inches (49.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Belgian Malinois vs Border Collie

Coat Weather-resistant
Straight
Dense
Feathered
Straight
Short
Moderately Long
Colors Brindle
Cream
Fawn
Black
Black & White
Tricolor
Tan
Blue merle
Blue merle-tricolor
Slate merle
Red merle
Black
Brindle
Gold
Lilac
Red
Sable
Sable Merle
Saddleback Sable
White & Blue
White & Blue Merle
White & Red
White & Red Merle
White Ticked
Seal
Slate
White & Gold
White & Sable
White & Seal
Grooming
Average: The Belgian Malinois requires average grooming effort.
Average: The Border Collie requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Belgian Malinoiss shed moderately.
Border Collies shed moderately.

Characteristics - Belgian Malinois vs Border Collie

Temperament Active
Alert
Confident
Friendly
Hard working
Protective
Stubborn
Watchful
Intelligent
Alert
Tenacious
Protective
Energetic
Responsive
Loyal
Intelligent Rank
Very smart: Belgian Malinois is an excellent dog breed.
Outstanding: Border Collie is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Trainability
Belgian Malinoiss are very easy to train.
Border Collies are easy to train.
Playfulness
The Belgian Malinois is a highly playful breed.
The Border Collie is a highly playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Border Collies don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
Belgian Malinoiss may seem unfriendly sometimes due to their independence.
Border Collies are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Belgian Malinoiss are a social breed.
Border Collies need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Average to high: The Belgian Malinois is a vocal breed.
Low to Average: The Border Collie rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Belgian Malinoiss are one of the best watchdogs.
Border Collies are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Belgian Malinoiss strongly protect their territory.
Border Collies are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Belgian Malinois has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Border Collie has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Belgian Malinoiss have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Border Collies have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Wanderlust potential of the Belgian Malinois is strong enough to escape from home.
Border Collies have average wanderlust potential.
Prey Drive
Belgian Malinoiss have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen.
Border Collies have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen.
Apartment Friendly
Belgian Malinoiss are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Border Collies are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Adaptability
Belgian Malinoiss adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Border Collies adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Belgian Malinoiss do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Border Collies tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Fighting Dog Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Belgian Malinois vs Border Collie

Stranger Friendly
Belgian Malinoiss are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Border Collies are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Belgian Malinoiss are kid-friendly dogs.
Border Collies are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Belgian Malinoiss are average friendly towards cats.
Border Collies are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Belgian Malinoiss are average friendly towards other dogs.
Border Collies are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly No
Belgian Malinois is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Border Collie is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Belgian Malinoiss are usually recommended for elderly people.
Border Collies are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Belgian Malinoiss are generally with other pets.
Border Collies are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Belgian Malinoiss are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Border Collies are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Yes
This breed makes good as a service dog.
Yes
This breed makes good as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Yes
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Yes
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Yes
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Yes
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Boat Dog Not really
Belgian Malinois breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Border Collie breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Belgian Malinois vs Border Collie

Health Issues
The Belgian Malinois is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Border Collie is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Elbow Dysplasia
Epilepsy
Eye Problems
Hip Dysplasia
Allergies
Collie Eye Anomaly
Epilepsy
Hip Dysplasia
Osteochondrosis Dissecans
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Life Expectancy 12-14 years 12-15 years
Hypoallergenic No No
Energy Level
Belgian Malinoiss are high energy dogs.
Border Collies are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Belgian Malinoiss need a lot of exercises.
Border Collies need a lot of exercises.
Sleeping Need
Belgian Malinoiss don't need too much sleep.
Border Collies don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption 2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1.5 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two or three meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Low to Average.
Average.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Border Collie can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Medium
The Belgian Malinois has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Border Collie has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Belgian Malinois is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Border Collie is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Belgian Malinois vs Border Collie

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 6-10 puppies 4-8 puppies

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Reviews

  • Heather

    Jan 8, 2020, 11:00:53 PM:

    Holy crap!!! This review is WAAYYY OFF with Malinois! PLEASE potential owners, run far far away from this page and check out a group who better understands the breed. "Average prey drive." Ha!