Belgian Shepherd — Malinois

This breed is short haired and a more delicate version of the German Shepherd Dog as it is often mistaken for. With a more refined head and agile movement, the Malinois is muscular, alert and relatively easy to train.

 

 

Other Names
Chien de Berger Belge, Belgian Shepherd, Belgian Sheepdog
Country of Origin
Belgium
Colour
This breed is predominantly red, fawn or grey in colour with black and sometimes white markings on their bodies.
Size
Large
Height / Weight
The Malinois typically measures from 56 – 66cms and weighs 27 – 29kgs.
Health
Prospective parents should ask for certification to ensure the puppy's parents are both eye tested and hip-scored. Epilepsy and skin conditions are also a risk with this breed.
Life Span
12-14 years
Intelligence
This intelligent breed requires a gently yet persistent training method and if willing to learn and socialised from a young age, are quick to pick up on any cues. From 9 months of age they can appear to rebel but consistent basic training will ensure that by 18 months, your cheeky pooch is back to its diligent personality!
Exercise
High
Suitability (Children)
Low
Feeding

This breed is undemanding and can follow a normal dog diet.

Feeding Cost
$15-$20 p/w
Other Cost
Excercise
The Malinois requires rigorous exercise and mental stimulation regularly. They are not recommended for owners who are not home often.
Ailments
Prospective parents should ask for certification to ensure the puppy's parents are both eye tested and hip-scored. Epilepsy and skin conditions are also a risk with this breed.
Hair Shed
Little
Grooming

As a short-haired breed, the Malinois does not require much grooming. A regular brush will be enough to maintain their coat. This breed will shed year round, more heavily about twice a year.

 

Grooming Frequency
Up to once a week
Trimming
None
The Belgian Shepherd dog is the only known breed that features four separate varieties. Named after the areas of Belgium in which they were bred, the different dogs are as follows: The black long haired Groenendael, the fawn, red or grey long haired Tervueren, the fawn, red or grey short coated Malinois and the reddish fawn rough coated Laekenois. Although known separately, the main difference between these breeds is their coat. In 1912, the Belgian Shepherd dog was officially recognised by the American Kennel Club.


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