Belgian Malinois Dog

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					The Belgian Malinois dog breed is between 22 to 26 inches depending on the sex of
the dog, and their weight is 55 to 65 pounds. To look at, this dog is descried as square
in shape, which is in reference to the whole body. They have a deep chest and good
straight top line. The skull is wide as it is long. The muzzle has a pointed look. And is
equal to the top of the scull, it has a black nose. This breed has tight tips and the teeth
meet in a level or scissor bite. The eyes are brown and evenly spaced. This breed has
erect ears that are triangular to look at. The tail is strong and reaches to the hock.
Their legs are straight and their feet are cat like. This breed has a double coat that is
short and smooth, with no curling or waves. Colouring is rich and can be mahogany to
black, fawn to red, with black tips. Their tail, under body and back end are fawn. The
ears and their mask are black. Hair around the neck looks like a collar and is slightly
longer than the rest of the body.

History: This breed has got its name from the city of Malinois in the country of
Belgium. There it is a popular dog. It is one of four varieties and there is hot debate as
to which to recognise by the clubs and standards. Some clubs, like the AKC since
1959, recognise three of the breeds. The UKC registry does accept all four as varieties
of one breed, these are Belgian Tervuren, Belgian Groenendael, Belgian Laekenois
and of course the Belgian Malinois. This dog is a working dog, and has a history of
being a sheepdog, but they are now used for narcotics and police work, bomb
detection, search and rescue and protection. They can even sled and cart pull.

Temperament: This dog is intelligent, obedient with a strong protective and territorial
nature. The need to socialize this breed is good practice. You will need to be firm with
consistent rules and natural leadership qualities, to gain the best from this breed. They
need training, daily exercise and companionship; they need to be part of the family
not just a guard dog locked in a shop or garden. If socialized with children, they are
fine with them. They need to work and can get bored if left with nothing to do. Care
must be taken when introducing this breed to non canine pets. They can be dominant
towards other dogs so some care has to be taken. If they do not get their mental and
physical needs met they can be very destructive. This is not a first time owner's dog as
you will need plenty of experience to deal correctly with this breed. This dog can
revert to instincts and start to herd people nipping at their ankles; this has to be
discouraged at all times. Spend time talking to other owners and breeders before you
really consider this breed as it cannot be stressed enough that only experience owners
should have this dog.

Health issues: This breed is fairly clean, of the things that can blight other breeds, but
they can suffer from aggressiveness or extreme shyness and skin allergies have been

Grooming: This breed needs only to be brushed, with a bristle brush,a few times a
week. Bathing is not a good idea, but they can be bathed if really necessary.
Living conditions: This dog will be fine in an apartment but only if given the right
amount of exercise. It will like a good garden. In cool climates it can live outdoors but
would rather be with its human pack.