The Belgian Malinois, also referred to as the Malinois or the Chien de Berger Belge, is a Belgium breed that was bred for herding sheep and guarding flocks. They resemble a German Shepherd, especially around the face. They are a mid-sized dog that stands between 22 and 26 inches, and they can weigh up to about 62 pounds. They have a short coarse coat that comes in fawn, black, gray, and red. They sometimes have black masks and overlaps.
This is a very obedient and loyal dog breed. They can be a great family pet with the right training and precautions. They are not a dog that you should rough house with or play chasing games with. These situations will rouse their natural herd protecting behaviors. They work best as the only pet in the household. However, if they are properly socialized and trained, it may be possible to introduce them to a new pet.
To care for this breed you will need to brush their coat regularly to keep it free of
debris and dead hair. They shed twice a year. During these times you will want to brush them more often and pluck out hair clumps as they develop. This breed was developed as a working dog so you will need to provide them with lots of opportunities to get vigorous exercise. This will help to keep them happy and healthy. Obedience training is required with this breed, especially if they are to be a family dog. Early training will help to halt aggressive behavior and short tempers.
Due to their increased appearances in movies and television this breed is catching a lot of popularity. This is not necessarily a good thing as there are more and more Malinois being bred poorly and more and more owners who are ill equipped to deal with such a high drive breed.