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Belgian Malinois

Size: Medium

Weight: 40 - 80 lbs.

Height: 22" - 26"

Life Span: 10 - 12 years

Health Problems: Minor concerns with epilepsy; eye problems; hip dysplasia; excessive shyness

Origin: Belgium

Also Known As: Chien de Berger Belge

Group: Herding

Category: Companion Dog, Guard Dog

Exercise Needs

The Belgian Malinois will need daily brisk exercise and room to roam.

Grooming Needs

The Belgian Malinois needs minimal grooming: occasional brushing and bathing.


The Belgian Malinois is a high energy, intelligent, playful, intense and protective breed.

Compatibility with Kids

This breed should be socialized to children when young and never left unsupervised with young children.


Bred for herding and guarding livestock, the Malinois was originally recognized as the Belgian Shepherd in 1891. While rare in the U.S., this breed is still popular in its native Belgium.