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Physical Characteristics

Breed Group:

Herding group.


55-75 pounds (25-34 kilograms).


22-26 inches at the shoulders.


These dogs have a black mask and black ears with a base color that can range from fawn to mahogany.


Belgian Malinois have a short, straight coat that is thicker around the neck.



These dogs are very loving and affectionate toward their family members. Belgian Malinois are also loyal animals that can be trusted with both people and property.

Country of Origin:



This breed of herding dog originated in Belgium during the 1200's. The Belgian Malinois has been recognized by the American Kennel Club as a separate breed of Belgian Shepherd since 1959.


Belgian Malinois, Chien de Berger Belge, Mechelaar, Mechelse Herder, Pastor Belga Malinois.


While wary of strangers, Belgian Malinois are very trustworthy. These are intelligent, no-nonsense working dogs.



The Belgian Malinois requires early exposure to people and other dogs in order to ensure proper socialization. These dogs are quick learners but also highly energetic and require good training techniques.


Belgian Malinois are very energetic, exuberant dogs. They enjoy many activities such as tracking, obedience, agility, showing, herding, and sports.


Belgian Malinois are best suited for owners with previous experience with handling dogs. These animals are intensely energetic and require plenty of exercise. While not a great choice for people who work long hours or travel often, Belgian Malinois are good companions for people who enjoy walking, jogging, and other outdoor activities. These dogs are good with children when raised with them.


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