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Belgian Malinois vs Boxer vs Bull Terrier – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Belgian Malinois vs Boxer vs Bull Terrier" Compare Belgian Malinois and Boxer. Which is better: Belgian Malinois or Boxer or Bull Terrier?
Name Belgian Malinois Boxer Bull Terrier
OriginsBelgium Germany England
Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Working Dogs Hunting Dogs
Popularity Rank441160
Reviews113
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Other Names Malinois German Boxer, Deutscher Boxer English Bull Terrier, Bully, Gladiator
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1959 as a Herding breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1904 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 as a Terrier breed.
FCI Group Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Molossian type section. Recognized by FCI in the Terriers group, in the Bull type Terriers 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
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
Canadian Canine Registry
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
Price $1200-$1400 $600-$1200 $1200-$1500

General Appearance - Belgian Malinois vs Boxer vs Bull Terrier

Size Large Medium Medium
Weight Male: 65-75 pounds (29-34 kg), Female: 60-70 pounds (27-32 kg) Male: 60-70 pounds (27-32 kg), Female: 53-65 pounds (24-29 kg) Male: 55-80 pounds (25-36 kg), Female: 45-70 pounds (20-32 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 70 pounds (31.5 kg), Female: 65 pounds (29.5 kg) Male: 65 pounds (29.5 kg), Female: 59 pounds (26.5 kg) Male: 67.5 pounds (30.5 kg), Female: 62.5 pounds (28.5 kg)
Height Male: 24-26 inches (61-66 cm), Female: 22-24 inches (56-61 cm) Male: 22-25 inches (56-63 cm), Female: 21-24 inches (53-61 cm) Male: 22-24 inches (56-60 cm), Female: 20-22 inches (51-56 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 25 inches (63.5 cm), Female: 23 inches (58.5 cm) Male: 23.5 inches (59.5 cm), Female: 22.5 inches (57 cm) Male: 23 inches (58.5 cm), Female: 21 inches (53.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Belgian Malinois vs Boxer vs Bull Terrier

Coat Weather-resistant
Straight
Waterproof Dense
Smooth
Colors Brindle
Cream
Fawn
Black
Brindle
White
Fawn
Brown
White
Brindle
Tricolor
Black
Grooming
Average: The Belgian Malinois requires average grooming effort.
Effortless: The Boxer requires minimal grooming.
Effortless: The Bull Terrier requires minimal grooming.
Shedding Level
Belgian Malinoiss shed moderately.
Boxers shed moderately.
Bull Terriers shed moderately.

Characteristics - Belgian Malinois vs Boxer vs Bull Terrier

Temperament Active
Alert
Confident
Friendly
Hard working
Protective
Stubborn
Watchful
Brave
Confident
Fearless
Intelligent
Playful
Bright
Energetic
Friendly
Loyal
Active
Protective
Trainable
Keen
Sweet
Tempered
Intelligent Rank
Very smart: Belgian Malinois is an excellent dog breed.
Average: Boxer's has average obedience intelligence.
Smart: Bull Terrier's has great intelligence.
Trainability
Belgian Malinoiss are very easy to train.
Boxers are quite easy to train.
Bull Terriers are easy to train.
Playfulness
The Belgian Malinois is a highly playful breed.
The Boxer is a playful breed.
The Bull Terrier is a highly playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Bull Terriers 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.
Boxers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Bull Terriers are highly affectionate dogs.
Social Needs
Belgian Malinoiss are a social breed.
Boxers need a lot of social interaction.
Bull Terriers need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Average to high: The Belgian Malinois is a vocal breed.
Low to Average: The Boxer rarely barks.
Low to Average: The Bull Terrier rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Belgian Malinoiss are one of the best watchdogs.
Boxers are one of the best watchdogs.
Bull Terriers are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Belgian Malinoiss strongly protect their territory.
Boxers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Bull Terriers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Belgian Malinois has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Boxer has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Bull Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Belgian Malinoiss have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Boxers have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Bull Terriers have a higher than average 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.
Boxers have average wanderlust potential.
Bull Terriers have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
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.
Boxers 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.
Bull Terriers have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
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.
Boxers are apartment-friendly dogs.
Bull Terriers are apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Belgian Malinoiss adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Boxers adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Bull Terriers adapt well to lifestyle changes and different 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.
Boxers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Bull Terriers 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.
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.

Good With - Belgian Malinois vs Boxer vs Bull Terrier

Stranger Friendly
Belgian Malinoiss are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Boxers are average friendly towards strangers.
Bull Terriers are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Belgian Malinoiss are kid-friendly dogs.
Boxers are kid-friendly dogs.
Bull Terriers are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Belgian Malinoiss are average friendly towards cats.
Boxers are average friendly towards cats.
Bull Terriers are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Belgian Malinoiss are average friendly towards other dogs.
Boxers are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Bull Terriers are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Belgian Malinois is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Boxer is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Bull Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Belgian Malinoiss are usually recommended for elderly people.
Boxers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Bull Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Belgian Malinoiss are generally with other pets.
Boxers are generally with other pets.
Bull Terriers usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Belgian Malinoiss are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Boxers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Bull Terriers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Yes
This breed makes good as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a 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.
Not really
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.
Not really
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.
Not really
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.
Not really
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
Boxer breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Bull Terrier 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.
Yes
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 Boxer vs Bull Terrier

Health Issues
The Belgian Malinois is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Boxer is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Very healthy dog breed.
Health Problems Elbow Dysplasia
Epilepsy
Eye Problems
Hip Dysplasia
Allergies
Aortic Stenosis
Bloat
Boxer Cardiomyopathy
Cancer
Corneal Dystrophy
Deafness
Demodectic Mange
Hip Dysplasia
Hypothyroidism
Deafness
Heart Murmurs
Hereditary Nephritis
Lens Luxation
Spinning
Life Expectancy 12-14 years 10-12 years 10-12 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Belgian Malinoiss are high energy dogs.
Boxers are high energy dogs.
Bull Terriers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Belgian Malinoiss need a lot of exercises.
Boxers need quite a lot of exercise.
Bull Terriers need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Belgian Malinoiss don't need too much sleep.
Boxers don't need too much sleep.
Bull Terriers are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Avg. daily food consumption 2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. Recommended daily amount: 2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 2.5 to 3.5 cups of a high-quality dog food daily, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Low to Average.
Average to High.
High: The Bull Terrier breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to warm weather conditions Prefers warm weather
Stinkiness Medium
The Belgian Malinois has an average chance of bad smell.
High
The Boxer has a high chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Bull Terrier has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Belgian Malinois is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Boxer is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
The Bull Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Belgian Malinois vs Boxer vs Bull Terrier

Gestation Length 60-64 days 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.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 6-10 puppies 2-10 puppies, average 6 1-9 puppies, average 5

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