Belgian Malinois

Often mistaken for a German Shepherd, the Belgian Malinois is a distinct breed with unique characteristics


Originally bred for herding in Belgium, they are now popular working dogs worldwide

Vital Records

Males stand 24-26 inches tall and weigh 60-80 pounds, while females are slightly smaller.

About the Breed

One of four Belgian herding dogs, they are distinct from the Belgian Shepherd

Physical Appearance

They have short double coats, lean bodies, triangular ears, and narrow faces


Recognized as a separate breed in 1959, their history dates back to 1882

Types of Belgian Shepherd

The Malinois is one of four varieties, including the Tervueren, Groenendael, and Laekenois

Belgian Malinois Facts

They have served in various roles, from herding to assisting the Navy Seals

Traits and Characteristics

Intelligent, energetic, and enthusiastic, they require mental stimulation and exercise

Training and Exercise

Highly trainable, they need plenty of exercise to burn off their energy

Food and Diet

They require a diet rich in protein to maintain their energy levels

A dedicated breed with a strong work ethic, the Belgian Malinois is both a reliable worker and a loving pet.