12 to 14 years
The Belgian Malinois is one of four Belgian Shepherds. The other three are as follows:
- The Tervuren (longhaired fawn/mahogany)
- The Groenendael (longhaired black)
- The Laekenois (rough-haired fawn/mahogany)
All four dogs are considered the same breed, only differing in coat. The Belgian Malinois’muzzle is fairly well pointed and the ears are erect and triangular in shape. Their weather-resistant coat is short and straight.
Health Concerns and Other Considerations
There are no major health concerns for the Belgian Malinois. Some minor concerns include skin allergies, eye problems, shyness, aggressiveness, hip dysplasia, and elbow dysplasia.
This is a working breed that is accustomed to a lot of exercise. Be sure not slack with long daily walks and exercise. The Belgian Malinois cannot be locked up in a kennel, but needs to be part of the family.
The Belgian Malinois is bright and obedient with strong protective and territorial instincts. This means that firm and consistent socializing is important. You must be consistent and clear with rules.
Since the Belgian Malinois is watchful, alert and very loyal, they make for great watchdogs and police dogs.
Belgian Malinois History
The Belgian Malinois was named after the Belgian city of Malines. This breed is a favorite among Belgian sheepherders. While they came to the United States in the early 20th century, they did not gain any sort of popularity until the 1960s. However, they are still a bit of a rarity in the U.S.