Belgian Malinois


Protection comes with a smile with the Belgian Malinois. Here’s what you need to know about these loyal hard workers.

No, he’s not a German Shepherd, but he does resemble one. The Belgian Malinois often works with the police force and is sometimes mistaken for its canine cousin. Originally bred as herding dogs, the Belgian Malinois breed today is wonderful for working, protection or family companionship.

Belgian Malinois dogs love playing so much that they might never stop if you don’t make them. They greatly enjoy canine sports or activities like agility exercises, obedience training or anything involving a ball. 

Why We Love the Belgian Malinois Breed

  • Very protective and bold, this breed makes great guard dogs. Don’t worry, though — when they aren’t standing watch, Malinois are super friendly.
  • Training is not difficult with the Belgian Malinois breed. These dogs love to please their families and are eager to take on new hobbies.
  • These pups are extremely people-oriented! They want to be right by your side and give lots of cuddles.

Things to Consider

  • That thick coat sheds heavily — especially twice yearly when they lose their undercoats. Be prepared for hair, hair everywhere.
  • All breeds need proper socialization, but Belgian Malinois puppies need a little extra effort in this department. They can sometimes become fearful and shy when owners skip this step, resulting in some undesirable behavior traits.  
  • Because of their high levels of energy and sensitivity, those who haven’t had a dog before may not be best suited to becoming a Belgian Malinois parent.

Why Rescue?

The Belgian Malinois dog is very sensitive and high energy, making them a little more challenging to owners than some breeds. These qualities can make them too much for first-time dog parents to handle, and sadly can lead to their surrender. Irresponsible breeding can lead to assertive temperaments, and health issues such as hip and elbow dysplasia and progressive retinal atrophy. If you think a Malinois is the right fit for you, consider adopting a rescue!

Belgian Malinois Rescues

Whether you’re looking for a Belgian Malinois puppy or an adult Malinois dog, there are tons of pups near you just waiting to find their forever homes! Here are just a few:

Type
Herding
Temperament
Protective, affectionate & loyal
Avg. Weight
40 - 80 lbs
Grooming
Occasional grooming required
Avg. Life Span
12 - 14 Years
Belgian Malinois near 20149
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Animal Rescues near 20149
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Organization City, State Contact
Persian Rescue of Virginia
Ashburn, VA emziemer@aim.com
The Cats at Longstreet
Sterling, VA longstreetcats@gmail.com
Save The Tails Rescue Group, Inc.
Leesburg, VA 1 888 379 5558 x1
Humane Society of Loudoun County
Leesburg, VA (703) 777-2912
Little Buddies Adoption and Humane Society
Reston, VA littlebuddies@erols.com
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