The Belgian Malinois is an alert, active, and intelligent breed. They are extremely loyal and deeply protective of their family members, but will not act outwardly aggressive when trained and socialized from a young age. They tend to mainly bond with one member of the family over the others, but still make good family dogs because of their temperament around children and their proclivity towards affection with all family members.
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Top 10 Facts:
1. Originally bred in Belgium as sheep herding dogs, the Belgian Malinois is now widely used as a sniffer dog for explosives, narcotics, and search and rescue missions.
2. The word malinois refers to the city in which the Belgian Malinois was most often used and highly praised, being Malines, Belgium.
3. The Belgian Malinois is also sometimes known as the Belgian Shepherd Dog.
4. You may have noticed that the Belgian Malinois looks familiar to you. This might be because they have relatively the same build as a German Shepherd.
5. While this breed can vary greatly in color, the accepted color for the breed is a base of fawn or mahogany with black masks and ears.
6. These dogs are known to mature relatively slowly, acting puppy-like in nature until they are about three years old.
7. One of the most common competitions for these dogs to compete in in Belgium is the Schutzhund trial. It tests these dogs for traits that are most desirable for a German Shepherd dog, testing abilities like sense of smell, drive to work, courage, intelligence, and protective instincts.
8. These dogs are often thought of as aggressive, but when given proper training and work at regular intervals, these dogs can be extremely loyal and affectionate.
9. While these dogs do not require a lot of grooming, they do shed excessively and it is recommended that you brush them to remove loose hairs.
10. One Belgian Malinois named Cairo was part of the Navy SEAL’s Operation Neptune Spear, the mission where Osama Bin Laden was killed.