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Belgian Malinois / Labrador Retriever Mix

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Is the Belgian Malinois / Labrador Retriever Mix right for you?

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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 pairing between a Belgian Malinois and a Labrador Retriever isn't all that common, but you may occasionally encounter this mix in a rescue. While you may expect that the Lab genes will sweeten the Belgian Malinois temperament, DNA doesn't always blend together the way we might wish. Get to know the dog in question as an individual before you make any assumptions about its personality.

Appearance / health:
All mixed-breed dogs differ in appearance, but the Belgian Malinois / Lab Mix is likely to be large and energetic.

Behavior / temperament:
While it's impossible to predict the exact personality of a mixed-breed dog, the Belgian Malinois / Lab Mix can be much more unpredictable than average. They need to be socialized by a careful and confident alpha. Some individuals are sweet and outgoing but others are much more sensitive or reserved, so you need to gain your companion's trust with reward-based methods. It can be a difficult balance for an inexperienced dog owner.

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