Belgian Malinois

Everything you need to know about the Belgian Malinois

Life Expectancytypically 10+ years
SheddingShort length with moderate shedding

The Belgian Malinois is a typically energetic dog with a short coat. The Belgian Malinois is typically tan, mahogany or fawn with a largely black face and ears.

There’s lots of doggy behaviour that comes naturally to all breeds of dog, including the Belgian Malinois, from digging and chasing to searching and retrieving.

Thinking about giving a Belgian Malinois a forever home? Here are some Belgian Malinois facts that might help you decide.

Caring for a Belgian Malinois

Every dog is different with their own personality and needs. Here are some areas to think about when taking care of a Belgian Malinois.

Caring for your chosen breed

Health issues

Before you give any dog a home, it’s important to know about possible health issues. Not every dog will suffer them but it’s good to be prepared.

To find out more about potential health issues for the Belgian Ma...

How much food does a Belgian Malinois need?

The amount of food a Belgian Malinois needs depends on their:

  • age
  • size
  • activity levels
  • fitness
  • weight.

You can use the information on dog food packets as a guide,...

How much exercise does a Belgian Malinois need?

The Belgian Malinois is a typically high-energy dog who needs lots of exercise to keep them physically and mentally healthy.

They'll need daily walks, plus plenty of time and opportunity to explore, burn energy,...

How much grooming does a Belgian Malinois need?

The Belgian Malinois has short fur that generally only needs an occasional brush, though they might shed more at certain times of the year.

To help your dog feel comfortable with handling and grooming, introduce...

What size crate do you need for a Belgian Malinois?

When inside their crate, your dog should have plenty of space to:

  • sit and stand up at their full height
  • turn around without touching the sides
  • lie down fully stretched out
  • comfortabl...

Belgian Malinois behaviour and training

Even if you think you know about the Belgian Malinois, it’s important to remember that every dog has their own personality.

Training your chosen breed

What’s the temperament of a Belgian Malinois?

Just like you, every dog is an individual with their own unique personality and prior experiences. So, every Belgian Malinois temperament is different.

As dogs grow from puppies, they learn all about the world. ...

Is the Belgian Malinois easy to train?

You can teach any breed of dog new tricks! It’s all about positive learning. Find out what your dog loves so you can use this to reward them after a success. Whether it’s treats, toys or lots of praise, training with ...

Is the Belgian Malinois good with children?

Every dog has their own unique personality that has been shaped by their own experiences of the world. They’ll have their own likes and dislikes and will respond to situations in different ways. However, there are som...

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