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Belgian Malinois


Also known as the Belgian Shepherd Dog, Malinois are hardworking and alert, while still behaving affectionately toward family and other animals. Their history as sheepdogs grants them high energy levels, even after the puppy stage; they need regular, sufficient exercise in order to keep them from being destructive. Their drive to achieve goals, independence and can-do attitudes make them plenty of fun for the right family.

Adult Size

  • Large

Amount of Shedding

  • Sheds Normally

Appropriate Environment

  • Doesn’t Do Well in Apartments
  • Fenced In Yard
  • House
  • Invisible Fenced Yard

Behavior if Left Alone

  • Better Not to Leave Alone Very Long

Breed Group

  • Herding Group

Coat Length

  • Short Coat

Coat Quality

  • Hard Coat


  • Fawn
  • Fawn Sable
  • Mahogany
  • Red
  • Red Sable


  • Drools Occasionally

Energy Level

  • Highly Energetic
  • Very Energetic

Exercise Needs

  • Needs Lots of Exercise

Full Grown Height

  • 24-26″

Full Grown Weight

  • 41-45lbs
  • 46-50lbs
  • 51-55lbs
  • 56-60lbs
  • 61-65lbs
  • 66-70lbs
  • 71-75lbs
  • 76-80lbs

General Health

  • Healthy Breed

Good Choice for New Dog Owners

  • Not a Great Choice for Your First Dog

Good Dog for Cold Weather?

  • Tolerates Cold Weather Well

Good Dog for Hot Weather?

  • Doesn’t Do Well in Hot Weather

Good With Children?





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