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Belgian Shepherd Dog (Malinois)

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Breed Rating (4 Reviews)



The Malinois was developed as a shepherding dog in Belgium, but it wasn't until the late 1800's that serious breeding began. They were bred for intelligence and agility, mainly used for guarding, herding sheep and livestock. In the 1950's, the breed was recognised for it's superior ability as a guard dog and was developed more and more for use in military and Police work. It is now becoming the first choice for Police forces, over the German Shepherd.


The Belgian Malinois is an intense, intelligent and loyal breed. They need firm training, but are responsive and dedicated to their role. As with all high intelligence dogs, they need plenty of mental and physical stimulation to keep them busy. They thrive on problem solving and enjoy the challenge of learning new tasks. They will need constant training to keep them mentally alert and prevent boredom. They are ideal working dogs, which is why so many Police Forces and security companies use them. They form a quick bond with their owner and are loyal and protective, whilst retaining their playful, puppyish nature. They are usually mature by the age of 3, but some take a while longer to properly grow up. They will be protective of their home and family, but are usually good with children if well trained. Sometimes they feel the need to 'herd' younger children but with correct training this can be overcome. With strangers they are reserved until told otherwise and can be aggressive towards strange dogs if not properly socialised. Like with most breeds, early socialisation is vital to prevent further problems, but more so with this breed. Malinois are affectionate and happy within a home as long as they receive plenty of exercise. A quick walk is not going to wear this dog out. They need lots of chances to run and expel energy. Their minds work at a fast pace, so obedience training will help ensure your dog is happy (and you are too). WIth training comes great satisfaction. They want to learn and to please you. A well trained Mailnois is a joy, they like treats and are cooperative with commands. It must be said that this breed does need work. They are quick learning but will need time spent every day training to prevent any issues arising. Many under estimate just how intelligent the breed is. A wonderful dog if you put the time in.


Belgian Malinois possess a serious and protective temperament. Being bred to herd and guard sheep they have since become more common as a household pet or police dog. Making excellent guard dogs they are protective of their home and will show little affection to strangers.

They can be aggressive towards other dogs and should not be kept with cats. They require lots of exercise daily but will not be suited for houses with small children.

Health Problems

Health problems that may affect Belgian Malinois include canine hip dysplasia (CHD) and elbow dysplasia.

Breed Details

  • Status: Common
  • Life Expectancy: 12 - 14 years
  • Weight: 24 - 34 kg
  • Height: 22 - 26"
  • Rare: No
  • Coat: Medium
  • Grooming Requirements: More than once per week
  • Town or Country: Either
  • Minimum Home Size: Large House
  • Minimum Garden Size: Large Garden
  • Breed Type: Herding
  • Size: Large
  • Energy Level: High
  • Exercise Required: Over 2 hours

Belgian Shepherd Dog (Malinois) Pictures

a young Belgian Shepard dog 13 weeks old on a pink blanket
A german sheperd laying on a bed
Belgian Malinois Dog with treat
Belgian Malinois Puppy Sleeping
Belgian Malinois Dog in garden

Latest Reviews For Belgian Shepherd Dog (Malinois) (4 of 4)

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Hard work - Jodie,

Malinois are hard work but incredibly fun and intelligent. Good for people who have lots of time and are very active

Best Dog - Matthew,

I have had a few dogs over the years, including huskies, weiner dogs, chows, terriers, pit bulls, etc.. This dog by FAR is the best dog and friend i could have asked for. He is extremely loyal to me, while being friendly to other people, yet he wont approach them or allow them near me without me introducing him (a simple handshake does it). Almost never defiant, extremely smart, beautiful dog with no health problems, good with children (even a 2 year old). The only potentially negative about him is he is rough with other dogs, keeping in mind they are herding dogs and very playful with very high energy (he will run until his heart gives out and loves to chase). He obeys my commands and never leaves my side unless i say its ok. Oh and he doesn't destroy things unless they are his toys or bones. Perfect dog, just perfect.

Don’t get a Belgian Shepherd, without a professional dog trainer - Lisa,

I have a Belgian Malinois and they are Not meant for everyone. They love to bite as playing. I work with a professional dog trainer twice a week and work her every day. If you get one, you need to work with a trainer that is familiar with the breed. My dog is well behaved, but I spend hours with her. They are not meant to be left in the backyard. If you want a family dog, get a golden retriever!

My Best Friends!!! - Deborah,

Been rescuing Malinois since 1998, best breed around!! As intense as they work, they love and cuddle As intensely!! They have a great sense of humor as well. Always had GSD's, but the Mali is my favorite.