Dog Breeds - Belgian Malinois

Breed Group:   Herding
Weight:             60-65 lbs
Height: Male: 24-26; Female 22-24 inches
Color(s):           Rich fawn to mahogany, with black-tipped hairs; black mask and ears

The Belgian Malinois is also known as Belgian Shepherd Malinois, Chien de Berger Belge, and Mechelse Shepherd. It is named after the Belgian city of Malines and is rare in the United States. These dogs are very powerful, protective and territorial, vigilant, dedicated and affectionate. Because of these qualities they are great for working or obedience training and may be used for herding or in police departments. 

Belgian Malinois Health and Diseases
The average life expectancy of this breed is 10-12 years of age and there are numerous health problems associated with them. These include:
  • Catarcts
  • Epilepsy
  • Thyroid problems
  • Progressive retinal atrophy
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Pannus