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
50/50 on Effectiveness
Not only have I used this product for my own pets, but I see it leave the clinic I work in several times a day. My thoughts are always the same. How long will it be before that pet has a positive heartworm test at their routine annual exam?
Unfortunately, some products simply do not work well. Ivermectin, the main ingredient in Heartgard is simply a product that has become ineffective against heartworms. As fleas and ticks have become resistant over the years to specific products as do mosquitos.
I have noted on several occasions, but two very recently. One instance was dogs that shared the same pen both consistently on Heartgard Plus every 30 days year around. One dog was positive and the other was negative. Another instance, two female beagle littermates. Both on a very strict schedule of Heartgard as heartworm preventative. Both dogs were heartworm positive.
My dog became heartworm positive after being on Heartgard Plus and unfortunately many of the dogs that I will test at my clinic will be positive after being on Heartgard Plus every 30 days consistently year around. I do not recommend Heartgard anymore especially to those pets who spend a lot of time outside. .
From JMalone CVT 1279 days ago
Positive Reinforcement is great for obedience training. I've used it to teach my dogs a wide range of skills, including the basics of Sit/Stay, Come, and Down.
As a professional trainer, I used positive reinforcement in all of my private and group classes for basic obedience. It's very effective and doesn't risk damaging your dog or his trust, as punishment sometimes does. Highly reccomended!.
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