Belgian Malinois

A.K.A. : (Chien de Berger Belge), Mechelaar Mechelse, Herder Mechelse, Scheper Pastor, Belga Malinois
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Overview: The Belgian Malinois is intelligent, active, and very sensitive to his surroundings. He's a devoted family pet, but shy with strangers. Because he's good with kids, he's an ideal watch and gard dog.
Breed Group: Herding
Weight (lbs): 60-65
Height (in): male: 24-26, female 22-24
Colors: Rich fawn to mahogany, with black-tipped hairs; black mask and ears.
Coat: Hair is short and straight.
Character: Belgian Malinois dogs are very intense and full of energy. They're bright and make very good watch dogs.
Temperament: This breed is quite wary around strangers and can even be aggressive toward other dogs and animals. It is usually good with children that are well-behaved and have an adult nearby. However, this breed should not be left with alone with small children.
Care: The Belgian Malinois should be brushed weekly, particularly during times of shedding.
Training: This breed responds best to experienced trainers who have a kind approach. With the right trainer, this dog is eager to please and learns quickly.
Activity: The Belgian Malinois needs a big yard to run and play in, because he has a huge amount of energy to burn.
Country of Origin: Belgium
Health Issue: This breed has no major health problems, although some minor things may occurs, such as skin allergies or eye problems.
Life Expectancy: 12-14
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