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Older Children


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How many registrations per year that are made for this breed. Generally breeds are popular for a reason and high popularity breeds are often a great place to start your search.

How willing and able this breed is to protect you, your family and your  home , how territorial they are and how dominant they can be. This is not necessarily  a sign of how aggressive the breed is.

Not to be confused with protection/guarding this is how alert , how vocal and how trusting your dog is. Even tiny dogs can make great watchdogs.

Being able to physically manage your dog is a vital consideration, dogs are much stronger than humans pound for pound.

 Breed Stats At A Glance:  1-5 Scale 5 is most or best 1 is least or worst

Nearly all dogs are trainable, some breeds  however are inherently more stubborn, wilful, lazy or less intelligent than others. Stubborn and stupid is a bad combo, Clever and eager is a good combo!

A variable combination of trainability, inherent temperament, dominance or natural aggression make some breeds less suitable for the novice owner  than others.

Older children are much more able to understand how to treat their dog appropriately. Parents must guage the maturity of their own children before choosing a dog.

Very young children are liable to annoy or provoke a dog and can injure smaller ones through rough play. They can themselves be knocked down or accidentally hurt by a larger or over enthusiastic dog.

A combination of how naturally active this breed is and how much daily exercise they will need. Under stimulated dogs can develop unwanted problem behaviours such as excessive barking, chewing and digging.

Some breeds happily live in apartments as long as they get enough daily exercise. Some however need big yards and lots of space. Some breeds bark a lot  so think of your neighbours!

Some breeds love nothing more than snuggling up on the couch with you whilst others are much more aloof.

Playfulness represents how eager, willing and exuberant your furry pal will be when it comes to getting down and joining in the fun.

Representing yearly averages as some breeds only shed seasonally, some shed throughout the year, and some hardly shed or dont shed at all.

How much upkeep you will need to do to keep your dog looking their best and being healthy, grooming, brushing, cleaning and  bathing etc.

All dogs can suffer health problems. Some breeds however, either through over breeding or inbreeding are more prone to serious congenital disorders than others.

How well does this breed naturally get on with other dogs? Proper socialization will mitigate most  intolerance. Intact  males generally are more problematic with other intact  males

Some breeds have naturally higher prey drives than others, however nearly all dogs can live with small animals providing they are introduced young enough and are well socialized.

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Belgian Malinois Temperament, Training and Dog Breed Information

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Exercise: Mals need as much exercise as you can possibly give them. Being such highly energetic dogs they require more than just an occasional walk around the block. Malinois excel in almost every dog sport they participate in and will take every opportunity for play and exercise that you can give them.

Whilst Mals will live in an apartment, it’s not ideal unless of course you are willing to spend a most of your time outdoors being active than inside on the couch.

Health As herding dogs, they have few major health problems. There are some things that a responsible Mal owner will watch out for, however, including the following:

• Hip dysplasia

• Progressive Retinal Atrophy

• epilepsy

Finding  a reputable breeder and ensuring adequate pet insurance will of course always bring extra peace of mind regards the well being of your furry friend.

 Ideal Belgian Malinois Owners are

Experienced, strong willed, and active. Who can provide an intelligent dog with a job to do along with plenty of play, activities and socialisation.

Not Recommended For the inexperienced, stay at home owner or people who are too busy to put their Mal’s needs first.

As always if you like this breed, please do the research  and ensure that you are choosing the right dog for your own lifestyle.For more information, why not visit this breeds national club.

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Belgian Malinois Temperament

The Mal is a highly intelligent and very trainable dog with a strong work drive, affectionate with family but reserved with strangers, both protective and territorial they require firm control and the right training to flourish.

This is a very versatile breed being serious and watchful one minute yet playful and loving the next. The sort of traits that make them very good as police or military dogs in that with proper training they are disciplined enough to switch from one mode to the other and back again .They tend to bond with one or two people in the family group.

The Belgian Malinois temperament, despite its rugged work ethic is surprisingly sensitive, and many owners will attest that their Mal’s can pick up on their moods- especially if they have had a “bad day at the office” and act accordingly.

Children and Animals. The Malinois makes a great family dog getting along well with all family members including children, especially if raised with them. Generally good ith other dogs and animals if well socialized and allowed to be the leader.

Protection Inherently wary of strangers,territorial and protective though not outwardly aggressive,your Malinois will protect hearth and home if required. Don’t forget to properly socialize your Mal that not all strangers are a threat.

Training It is very important to train your Malinois properly because of their high drive and intelligence. Being particularly adept at security and police work a successful  Belgian Malinois training regime revolves around consistency, maintaining  boundaries, discipline and a strong willed trainer. Malinois have a naturally dominant personality so this is not a breed for the inexperienced owner.

Grooming The Mal is a smooth short-coated dog that is easy to groom. They require a regular brushing with a firm bristle brush. Because they have a double coat, they will shed constantly, but they do their heavy shedding twice a year

The Belgian Malinois  or “Mal” is one of four Belgian breeds recognised in America by the AKC, that come under the heading of Belgian Shepherd Dogs and were developed primarily as herding and guardian dogs during the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. The others are the Belgian Sheepdog (Groenendael), Belgian Tervuren and  Belgian Laekenois respectively. Every where else apart from the US, these breeds are considered to be one breed with four variations, and each of the four breeds are named after the villages of their origin.

The Malinois was named after the Village of Malines and remains the most popular of the Belgian shepherd breeds in their native homeland, whilst  in America their popularity is now growing after a long decline due to their reputation as one of the World’s preeminent police dogs.

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The Malinois has become the breed of choice for law enforcement work and search and rescue. Malinois have a high degree of trainability, stamina and dedication to their jobs.

Loyal to a handler, Mals will follow directions but use their own talented senses as well..”

Chris Walcowicz- the Perfect Match