A smart, obedient, brave and confident breed, the Belgian Malinois typically lacks any aggressive tendencies or shyness. They are very loving to their family but they can be wary of strangers. They are not typically overprotective, but without proper socialization and training, this may become an issue. They require a sure hand when training, as they do not respond to weakness, or to harsh tones. They are great with kids, but they tend to assert dominance over other dogs, and can be outright aggressive towards smaller animals. .