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
Water therapy is excellent for orthopedic disease. The buoyancy decreases the stress on joints and encourages mobility that may be normally inhibited by pain. As dogs move with less pain then get better range and better muscle tone. Good muscle tone helps to protect joints. It's important to do water therapy in a properly run rehabilitation facility if you want to get the best results. Water contamination of wounds is important to consider for post surgery patients. For chronic care arthritis patients gentle swimming in a lake or river can be very helpful. It's important when swimming a dog on your own to make sure they are not pushed to the point of exhaustion because that can result in new injuries. There are quite a few options available, consult your veterinarian as to what might most benefit your pet and work for you. .
From Jennifer Peters DVM DABVP canine and feline 157 days ago
It is very important to socialize puppies by exposing or introducing them to members of the family and friends, other pets, from even other species, different environments, noises, etc., so he will not be fearful of people in general, other dogs, and everyday sounds, objects, and enclosures. Sharing with other pets and people will teach your dog how to behave. Dog parks tend to be safe places to socialize. Just make sure your dog has the vaccination program up-to-date, is periodically dewormed, and checked by the vet at least once a year. .
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