Species group: Herding Group dogs
Other name(s): Mechelaar; Mechelse Herder; Mechelse Scheper; Pastor Belga Malinois
The Belgian Malinois has been recognized across the world for its potential as an elite police and military dog. This hard-working, highly intelligent breed has a strong need to work. If you're looking for an athletic companion who wants to work hard and play hard, and you have superb dog handling skills, then the Malinois might be the dog for you. However, if you'd like a more relaxed pet, you'll want to look elsewhere. A bored Malinois who doesn't have enough to do can find a way to cause a lot of trouble.
There's some debate around the world about how to classify these dogs. The American Kennel Club recognizes them as a separate breed. However, many countries around the world consider them one of four varieties of the Belgian Shepherd. Each variety differs in coat type and color. The others are: the Belgian Laekenois, which has a fawn, rough coat; the Belgian Tervuren, which has a long, fawn-mahogany coat with a black mask; and the Groenendael, which has a long, black coat.
Appearance / health:
The Belgian Malinois is a well-proportioned, square dog with plenty of muscle, displaying an expression full of elegance, intelligence, and alertness. Standing on all fours, this dog appears strong without appearing bulky. The head is not heavy. The almond-shaped eyes are brown to dark brown. Their stiff ears form triangles of equal sides, and are always erect. The muzzle is pointed though not much. The neck tapers from the body to the head.
They are light shedders. Bathing is done sparingly and only when required. Brushing daily with a firm bristle brush may be necessary, especially in some seasons when they shed more.
They need good amounts of exercise. A long walk or a jog is necessary for them to stay active and healthy. A tired dog is also less likely to be destructive. A midsized yard may help them stay active.
The Belgian Malinois is a healthy breed but some dogs may be prone to hereditary conditions. They may be prone to elbow and hip dysplasia. Dysplasia refers to improper formation of organs or cells, which may cause lameness in some dogs. In addition, epilepsy, eye problems, and allergies may occur in a few dogs.
Behavior / temperament:
Belgian Malinois dogs are full of energy. When left alone for too long, they find things to do on their own, some of which could be destructive. They love to travel with their owners. Fearless and athletic, these dogs are unafraid of strangers or any situation. They are extremely protective of their owners though they are not aggressive. They are excellent for guard work, police work, show, or any competitions. Their herding instincts are still present, which can be seen by their constant chasing, nipping at people's heels, and circling.
They have a high learning rate and can be trained to do many things. They may become uncooperative if harsh methods are used. Early socialization and obedience is extremely important for this breed. They must be exposed to different situations and conditions.
They do bark but usually not too much. Some dogs may be noisy if not properly trained.
confident dogs, great focus, high intelligence, quick mind, guard work, critical thinking
aggression, new dog owners, strong willed dog, HIGH prey drive, high strung
bomb detection, pure pack hierarchy, police work, experienced handler, positive reinforcemen
Reagan- The Family Guard Dog
We were not expecting this dog to come into our lives, but we are really glad she did. Reagan has been an incredible dog. She is the smartest, most loyal pet we have ever owned. We learned that Belgian Malinois are the type of dogs they send in with the navy seals, and we can see why. Our dog is extremely intelligent ad is always looking for a 'job'. She follows us around everywhere, but is mostly attached to my dad. Since he has retired, this was the perfect dog for him. She is extremely loyal and enjoys the amount of time my dad spends with her.
I would not recommend this breed to anyone who is gone all day. Regean used to get extremely anxious when she was home alone, even when we crate trained her. She would become very loud and neurotic. We ended up getting another Malinois mix as a buddy. This changed everything! Reagan's temperament become much more manageable. She is definitely the type of dog who does not like to be alone. She is very good as sensing people's moods. She will act completely different around a hyper teenager and an eldery person. Reagan is great at listening to commands and learns tricks almost instantly! We have taught her to sit, stay, lay down, play dead, roll over, army crawl, speak, dance, and play dead. Reagan will snuggle on the bed next to you and not move a muscle until she knows you are awake. She thrives on routine and will definitely try and keep you in line!
Belgian Malinois are extremely loyal dogs and need attention, but they give all of the love right back to you. I would recommend this breed to anyone who has time to dedicate to their pets..
From MissMaryFord Jun 10 2015 5:47PM
Probably the most useful supplement of all
Omega3 acids have been shown to help in many health conditions, the most for these 5:
- Inflammatory skin disorders (including allergies)
- Cardiovascular disorders
- Renal disease
- Cognitive function and neurological health
You should use them even if your dog doesn't have any pressing health issues, especially if your dog doesn't get enough of them from diet.
In order to get the therapeutic effect you need to dose them correctly, for this you need to consult your vet, so they can recommend the dose and product you should use.
Keep in mind this is not a short term treatment, omega3 fatty acids have a buildup period of 6-8 weeks before they reach high enough concentrations in your dogs body, and they need to be used all the time, if you make a pause, then you need a buildup period again, and your dogs health might deteriorate if it benefited from omega 3 supplementation.
To sum up:
- Consult your vet about the dose.
- Use products that contain both EPA and DHA in highest concentration possible and right ratio.
- Don't use on and off but permanently..
From Vuk Ignjic DVM 137 days ago
A year ago I adopted a Belgian Malinois dog because her owners were moving out of the country. This breed is definitely not the best suited for me, but she needed a home so I decided to help her. She spent only a few months with me because she demanded too much attention. This breed needs constant exercise and they do way better when they have good training. Kiara didn’t have any of kind of training and she was literally destroying my gardens so I decided she needed a new home. Fortunately, I met a dog trainer who owned a Belgian Malinois male dog and was looking for a female. He was more than happy to receive Kiara and to train her. After three or four months of professional training and daily exercise she seemed to be another dog. She was very clamed and obedient. I would only recommend this breed if you are able to devote a good amount to exercise your dog and/or hire a professional trainer..
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