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Breed Details



The Belgian Malinois is one of Belgiums for standard sheepdogs. A favorite among Belgian sheepherders, and named after the Belgian city of Malines,the Malinois was carefully bred to be recognized as dependable on the farm and field workers. They were introduced into the United States in the early 1900s, however were not really noticed until the1960s.

Today, the Belgian Malinois is celebrated for its herding, obedience, agility, work ethic and companionship.

Overall, the Belgian Malinois exudes strength without stockiness.

Breed Standards

Appearance: It has a powerful, flat-topped head with a sharp muzzle, black nose and triangle-shaped ears that point straight up. Its dark brown eyes have an alert and intelligent expression. It has a thick neck, level back and a low-hanging tail
Coat:The Belgian Malinois is a light, graceful, square-built dog covered in a short, straight, weather-resistant coat.

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American Belgian Malinois Club
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