One of the varieties of the Belgian Shepherd Dog, the Belgian Malinois is named after the Belgian city, Malines. While in some regions, the Belgian Malinois is not considered as a separate breed from the Belgian Shepherd Dog, while in some regions, it is. As the name suggests, this breed was developed to herd and guard sheep in Belgium.
A muscular dog, with agile movements, the Belgian Malinois’s tail is as long as its body. Dark brown, almond shaped eyes with black eye rims; equilateral triangle, stiff ears; flattened skull; moderately pointy muzzle; scissor bite teeth; short, straight and weather resistant coat in colors such as rich fawn to mahogany, with black tips; these are some of the physical characteristics of the Belgian Malinois.
The most basic color of the Belgian Malinois is a rich fawn color to mahogany with black tips on the hair. Most dogs with the fawn to mahogany color also have white spots or patches on the paws and chest.
A confident breed with rarely any signs of either shyness or aggressiveness, the Belgian Malinois is very affectionate towards its owners, but can be suspicious of strangers. Protective yet not entirely territorial, this breed is obedient and has a willingness to work. Belgian Malinois needs socialization right from puppyhood, and training must be firm though not harsh. Loyal, alert, loving, energetic–these words aptly describes it. Dominant towards other canines and not too friendly with non-canine ones, the breed is quite comfortable with children.
Belgian Malinois has no major health concerns. Minor health issues include eye problems, skin allergies, hip or elbow dysplasia etc. Sufficient exercise should take good care of the breed.
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