Trainable, Quick and Responsive
The Malinois, like the other three varieties, gets
its name from the Belgian city where the variety was
favored, namely Malines. He is distinctive from the other
varieties by his short-haired fawn coat with his black mask.
Early breeding emphasized working characteristics and the
Belgian Malinois Shepherd consequently has become the
favored sheep herding dog in its native land.
The Malinois is a Large dog breed, square, elegant in
appearance, strong, agile, well muscled, alert and full of life.
His intelligence, high degree of trainability, love of children
and entire family, and his size, make the Belgian Malinois a
very desirable companion. He sheds rather a lot, but with
his short coat, grooming is easier. Owners are enjoying
participating in lots of activities with these dogs like
conformation, obedience, shutzhund, herding,
sledding and tracking.
Dog: 24 - 26 in. (61 - 66 cm) at withers, and square.
Bitch: 22 - 24 in. (56 - 61 cm), and somewhat longer.
Life Expectancy: 10 - 12 years.