The Belgian Malinois is one of 4 breeds of Belgian sheepdogs. He’s also a great dog for police and military work. People commonly mistake him for a German Shepherd but he‘s lighter boned and has a more elegant build. He still has agility, strength and a good herding ability. He was developed first in Malines and is related to the Belgian Tervuren and Belgian Sheepdog. He’s the most popular sheep dog in Belgium.
He’s easy to train and is highly intelligent. He likes regular activities and is easy to care for because of his short or medium coat. He loves his family and is naturally protective but will be wary of strangers. He actively performs in obedience, conformation, sledding and tracking events. His colour varies from mahogany to fawn and he has black tips on his ears and hairs and a black mask. He’s 22-26 inches tall.
Photo: By Carin Lyrholm (http://ateell.se) [Public domain].