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Belgian Malinois Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Belgian Malinois so you can get to know the breed more.

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Belgian Malinois
OriginBelgium
Other Names
What other names does the Belgian Malinois have? The dog breed also known as...
Malinois
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Belgian Malinois recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1959 as a Herding breed.
FCI Group
Is Belgian Malinois recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Belgian Malinois breed?
American Canine RegistryAmerican Kennel ClubAmerica's Pet RegistryCanadian Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleKennel Club of Great BritainNorth American Purebred Registry, Inc.American Canine Association, Inc.Australian National Kennel CouncilContinental Kennel ClubNational Kennel ClubNew Zealand Kennel ClubUnited Kennel Club
Price
How much does the Belgian Malinois puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Belgian Malinois price:
$1200-$1400
If you choose to purchase the Belgian Malinois, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Belgian Malinois for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Belgian Malinois gets to a happy place.

Belgian Malinois General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Belgian Malinois size:
Large
Weight
How much does the Belgian Malinois weigh? Belgian Malinois weight:
Male: 65-75 pounds (29-34 kg), Female: 60-70 pounds (27-32 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Belgian Malinois? Belgian Malinois average weight:
Male: 70 pounds (31.5 kg), Female: 65 pounds (29.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Belgian Malinois? Belgian Malinois height:
Male: 24-26 inches (61-66 cm), Female: 22-24 inches (56-61 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Belgian Malinois average height:
Male: 25 inches (63.5 cm), Female: 23 inches (58.5 cm)

Belgian Malinois Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Belgian Malinois have? What does this canine coat look like?
Weather-resistantStraight
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Belgian Malinois's coat?
BrindleCreamFawnBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Belgian Malinois and how often?
Average: The Belgian Malinois requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential. Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes. Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath. If you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of your Belgian Malinois, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Belgian Malinois dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Malinois? Belgian Malinois shedding level:
Belgian Malinoiss shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.

Belgian Malinois Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Belgian Malinois have? What characteristics does the breed have?
ActiveAlertConfidentFriendlyHard workingProtectiveStubbornWatchful
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Belgian Malinois? Are they intelligent?
Very smart: Belgian Malinois is an excellent dog breed. You can teach them many tricks and commands. The limit is your creativity. They understand and memorize new commands in 5-15 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 85% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are Belgian Malinois dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Belgian Malinoiss are very easy to train. They easily find out the association between commands and actions.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Belgian Malinois is a highly playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Belgian Malinois sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Belgian Malinoiss don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits really well. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Belgian Malinoiss may seem unfriendly sometimes due to their independence. Their happiness doesn't depend on their owners emotional level.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Malinois need? Belgian Malinois social needs:
Belgian Malinoiss are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Belgian Malinois dogs bark a lot? Why does my Malinois bark?
Average to high: The Belgian Malinois is a vocal breed. Not the best choice if you prefer a quiet breed. They often bark loudly and howl sometimes. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Belgian Malinois good as a watchdog?
Belgian Malinoiss are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Belgian Malinois dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Do Belgian Malinois dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Belgian Malinoiss strongly protect their territory. This breed is a complete security guard, so you don't have to be afraid in case of danger.
Biting Potential
Do Belgian Malinois bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Malinois? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Belgian Malinois? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Belgian Malinois has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Belgian Malinois do?
Belgian Malinoiss have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Belgian Malinoiss need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Belgian Malinois to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Belgian Malinois roam?
Wanderlust potential of the Belgian Malinois is strong enough to escape from home. They have a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Belgian Malinois have high 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. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly
Is Belgian Malinois good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
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.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Belgian Malinoiss adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home 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.
Fighting Dog
Where Belgian Malinois dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Belgian Malinois Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Belgian Malinoiss are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Belgian Malinois dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Belgian Malinois and children:
Belgian Malinoiss are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Belgian Malinois dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Belgian Malinoiss are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Belgian Malinois good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Belgian Malinois dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Belgian Malinoiss are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly
Are Belgian Malinoiss good office dogs? Do Belgian Malinoiss make good office friendly dogs? Can Belgian Malinoiss be office dogs?
No
Belgian Malinois is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Belgian Malinois dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Malinois temperament with senior people? Are Belgian Malinois dogs good for elderly owners?
Belgian Malinoiss are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Belgian Malinois dogs get along with other pets? Are Belgian Malinois dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Belgian Malinoiss are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Belgian Malinois breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Belgian Malinoiss are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Belgian Malinois be a service dog?
Yes
This breed makes good as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Belgian Malinois breed is a good choice for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Belgian Malinois be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Belgian Malinois is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Belgian Malinois be a 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. Belgian Malinois breed is a good choice for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Belgian Malinois be a search and rescue dog?
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. The Belgian Malinois breed is a good choice for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Belgian Malinois be a boat dog?
Not really
Belgian Malinois breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Belgian Malinois be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Belgian Malinois is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Belgian Malinois Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Belgian Malinois dogs have health problems?
The Belgian Malinois is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems
What health problems does the Belgian Malinois breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Belgian Malinois breed? Health risks of Belgian Malinois:
Elbow DysplasiaEpilepsyEye ProblemsHip Dysplasia
Life Expectancy
How long do Belgian Malinois dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Belgian Malinois be?
12-14 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Belgian Malinois breed hypoallergenic?
No
Belgian Malinoiss don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Belgian Malinois have?
Belgian Malinoiss are high energy dogs. Active lifestyle makes them happy.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Belgian Malinois dogs require per day?
Belgian Malinoiss need a lot of exercises. Long walks should be on a daily schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Belgian Malinoiss don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Belgian Malinois need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Belgian Malinois risk for obesity:
Low to Average. The Belgian Malinois has a low to the average risk for obesity. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight change, consult your veterinarian to make a meal plan, and measure the Belgian Malinois's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Belgian Malinois has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Belgian Malinois drool?
The Belgian Malinois is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Belgian Malinois could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the Belgian Malinois. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Belgian Malinois Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Belgian Malinois: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Belgian Malinois have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Belgian Malinois have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
6-10 puppies

Belgian Malinois Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Very smart: Belgian Malinois is an excellent dog breed.
  • Trainability: Belgian Malinoiss are very easy to train.
  • Drooling tendency: The Belgian Malinois is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Weight Gain Potential: Low to Average.
  • Watchdog Ability: Belgian Malinoiss are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Adaptability: Belgian Malinoiss adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Belgian Malinoiss are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Belgian Malinoiss are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Service Dog: This breed makes good as a service dog.
  • Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog: 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): 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.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Belgian Malinoiss don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Wanderlust potential of the Belgian Malinois is strong enough to escape from home.
  • 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.
  • Office Friendly: Belgian Malinois is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Belgian Malinoiss are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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Belgian Malinois Comments, Reviews & Questions

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