An ideal watchdog and guard, Belgian Malinois is a high energy herding dog breed. One out of four native sheepdogs of Belgium, this breed is the most smart, alert and serious in its duties. It usually stay aside of the strangers and remains aloof, while aggressive to other dogs, especially to all animals which pose any threat to its charge. Rightly in accordance with herding instinct, they tend to dominate other animals, however very sociable and caring towards its flock. They are gentle to children, playful and loyal to family being strong protector of flock and property. Being active and agile, they need healthy exercises regularly.
The breed of medium size, Belgian Malinois is ancient sheepdog of Belgium, one amongst the famous shepherd dogs of region. Its square-proportioned build is sturdy and smart, being neither very heavy nor light. The dog bears elegant expressions with proud head carriage and confidence glance, sometimes mistaken for German Shepherd. The effortless and untiring, its gait is easy and light on feet with excellent ability to quick maneuvers. The dog tends to move sharply in circles around the flock to ensure discipline in the animals as well as for protection. Its coat is short as compared to Laekenois and is straight while thick undercoat which suits to its job on fields. Its glance is inquiring and challenging, overall appearance is watchful and intelligent without being over smart.
This breed is one out of four Belgian shepherds that was originated in Malines city of Belgium. The Malinois, Tervuren, Laekenois and Groenendael dog of Belgium all are grouped in one category by United Kennel Club as they share many features; however, AKC recognized each variety as separate breed in 1959. The Malinois is the most appreciated variety amongst these and holds ancient history of usage by the natives. Its appearance closely resembles with German Shepherd dog. The dog excels in smell detection, which made it a very popular police and military working dog to detect narcotics, explosives, planted mines. Additionally, this ability is used by search and rescue organizations to detect presence of human beings trapped in natural disasters. Apart from these, the dog is also exceptional in herding, sledding, tracking, blind’s guide and assistant of disabled besides prized participant of conformation and competitive obedience. The versatility and agility, the dog possesses has placed it as the ideal companion for all situations. Before achieving distinct breed status, the Malinois were called “Berger Belge a poil court autre que Malinois", that means a short coated Belgian Sheepdog.
The Malinois shepherd is an exceptionally sociable and perfect companion for all situations. The dog is extremely intelligent, easy to train, adaptable, protective, obedient and extreme sensitive to smells. Being serious and watchful, its glance is inquisitive while herding. The breed gets aggressive to other dogs and animals that pose any threat to its flock. The breed is loyal to its owner, discharges guard and watchdog duties at its full while remain playful and gentle to children at home. This dog is eager to be applied on work rather lying curled in yards. The dog, being medium but smart, is easy to keep because of low requirement of grooming.
The breed is dominating and territorial, they own the things as well as responsibility, that is what the dog is a perfect watchdog and guard. Self decision is common which make it stubborn sometimes, additionally young puppies may be shy or timid of strangers, so early treatment of such prompting behavioral problems is necessary. A strong, preferably experienced owner would be comfortable, new dog lovers would not be able to treat the dog and would produce wrong temperaments in them. Consistent and committed training is required along with patience and politeness, the breed becomes less cooperative to harsh training methodologies.
The most of its applications are training oriented, you need to train on special bases to use them as narcotics detector, explosive detector, human body detector, likewise for watchdog, guard, conformation and obedience competitions. To adapt for family companion, you need to exercise total leadership control over dog, once bonded with family, they need to remain connected, they want to share and contribute in house routines. Healthy amount of exercises are needed in the form of long walks, running and vigorous play sessions like fetching balls etc. if not met with physical and mental stimulation, the dog would get destructive. Socialize from its puppyhood with other pets at home to retain peace and harmony.
Herding instinct may force the dog to nip at heal to bring the people in some order. The breed can survive in temperate to cool climates, the dog needs sharing of time from home to yard. The Malinois is not recommended for confined spaces like apartments because its exercise requirements need wider area. During shedding, the need of brushing would increase; otherwise brushing once in a week is quite enough.
Owner Should Know
The Belgium Malinois dog needs extensive exercises daily, you need to spend time during walks, jogs and play sessions for its physical and mental stimulation. The breed is eager to stay with family yet shares time between house and yard.
Easy trainable and highly sociable, they need early training. Being intelligent, they will demand your attentions, commitment and patience.
The breed sheds twice a year heavily. Brushing twice a week during shedding period and once a week during rest of the year is suggested.
The dog is gentle to children but should be governed, well with cats but aggressive to dogs and curious to strangers. This makes perfect watchdog and guard.
Seek for reputed and trustworthy breeders or suppliers to get healthy puppies, ensure puppies are clinically checked and are disease free.