Belgian Malinois Dog Breed – Useful Details If You Have One

Here are some some details about Belgian Malinois, a herding breed.

BELGIAN MALINOIS – This dog breed is also called “Mal” for short and here are some details to know if you are living with this breed.

Dog owning is a big responsibility. But more than this, there comes the joy and privilege in having a dog in your life. The hardest part about this is not in the daily walks, regular grooming, or regular feeding, it’s in dealing with the pain that will occur once they gone leaving a big, hollow space in your heart that no one could ever fill in. Their lives may be short but in this short span of time, they are leaving a great impact we surely will treasure forever.

Speaking of dogs, one of the most famous breeds we have and the most intelligent with the right training and method of raising it up is the Belgian Malinois or “Mal”.

Mals are confident, intelligent, and curious. They have this medium size but big enough to make some people intimidated by their firm stance, muscular body, and brooding personality. As a home companion, Mals are affectionate but as a police and military K-9, they have never failed to display exceptional strength and stamina. They are trained and poised in times of danger.

Belgian Malinois
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They are from Belgium and this dog breed was developed by Belgian farmers and Mals descended from the local shepherd dogs. They guard farms, herd, pull carts, and keep track of flocks of sheep, goats, geese, and ducks. There are four Belgian shepherds but they vary in coat textures, colors, and length.


  • They are from the herding group.
  • A Mal can stand as tall as 22 to 24 inches for a female and 24 to 26 inches for a male.
  • Females weigh 40 to 60 pounds while males can weigh between 60 to 80 pounds.
  • They have short and smooth double coat that comes in colors such as fawn, mahogany, red, red sable, or fawn sable with a black mask.
  • They can live from 14 to 16 years.
  • Mals are extremely loyal, active, and intelligent.
  • They need lots of mental stimulation and physical activity.
  • This breed is not ideal for apartment living as they require a big space to run and play around. They need to be given an active lifestyle which makes them as the best dog breed for people with an active lifestyle.
  • They have to be trained and socialized well to ensure that they are behaved and well-mannered.
  • Some of the health problems that can occur are hip and elbow dysplasia and eye problems like progressive retinal atrophy.

Here are some of the Best Dog Names for your furry companion.

Meanwhile, the other dog breeds that are famous in the Philippines are beagles, poodles, pugs, golden retrievers, Siberian huskies, shih tzus, chihuahuas, German shepherds, Dobermans, and labrador retrievers.

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