At A Glance

Size: Medium

Weight: 40 - 80 lbs.

Height: 22" - 26"

Life Span: 10 - 12 years

Belgian Malinois

Also know as: Chien de Berger Belge

Group: Herding

Origin: Belgium

Today's Role: Companion Dog, Guard Dog

History and Facts: 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.

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

Breed-Related Health Concerns
Minor concerns with epilepsy; eye problems; hip dysplasia; excessive shyness

Special Needs
Exercise: The Belgian Malinois will need daily brisk exercise and room to roam.

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


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