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Belgian Malinois / German Shepherd Dog Mix

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Is the Belgian Malinois / German Shepherd Dog Mix right for you?

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Other name(s): Shepenois, German Malinois

The basics:
RightPet does not advocate the intentional cross-breeding of purebred dogs. But the reality is that most dogs available for adoption at shelters and rescues are mixed breeds. We think it might be helpful to hear from owners of these mixes to see what traits can be found in these dogs who are desperately needing homes.

The first generation German Malinois is a cross between a pure GSD and a pure Belgian Malinois, although subsequent generations may have different proportions of the two breeds in the mix. The purpose of this so-called designer cross is to create a superior, perhaps more manageable working dog for police and military, search and rescue, and other demanding jobs. However, the outcome of these crosses is never guaranteed, and you should always bring your best dog psychology skills to socializing and training these dogs. They will likely need a kind, consistent alpha and an interesting job to do. A bored German Malinois could be a problem.

Appearance / health:
While all mixed-breed dogs can vary in appearance, with the German Malinois you can plan on ending up with a large, muscular dog.

Behavior / temperament:
While it's impossible to predict the exact traits inherited by a mixed-breed dog, with the strong working heritage in this mix, you need to assume that your dog will have an active mind and body that it wants to put to use. A bored German Malinois is going to destroy something, while a properly socialized individual could make a fine companion for the active family.

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