The Belgian Malinois is an energetic and highly intelligent breed. The Malinois is also a working breed and often found in both the military and law enforcement. Many families are impressed by the look of this breed as well as their brainy ways. It is only natural that they wonder if this breed is the right one for them.
Read on to learn more about this remarkable dog.
A Quick Overview
Before diving into an overview, a Belgian Malinois is not recommended for the first-time dog owner. They are “a lot” of dog, which means they have a strong work ethic, active, protective, and powerful.
While not advised for the first-time dog owner, this breed is family-oriented and will want to spend time with everyone be it indoors or outdoors. Like other dogs, they must be part of the family because they become very attached.
They also have a keen sense of smell and generally have a strong toy drive.
An active family is a perfect match for the Belgian Malinois. They are not an easy-going pet. Lounging around is not their style. They have two speeds: fast and faster.
Steps In Finding A Belgian Malinois
Finding a reputable breeder means everything in locating the right Belgian Malinois. A breeder in good standing takes pride in what they do. You must share with the breeder your type of lifestyle, seeing if they have a puppy that is the right match. A breeder has been with these puppies for weeks and knows their temperaments well.
A rule of thumb in picking a puppy is looking for one that is the most outgoing, friendly, and confident in the litter.
If you have a dog trainer in mind that is well-versed in the Malinois breed, take them along for a visit to the breeder to get their puppy feedback.
You Have A Malinois, Now What?
The first step in owning any dog is ensuring that they learn obedience training. And this is ever true when owning a Belgian Malinois. The best advice is to locate an experienced trainer that knows this high caliber dog and has a polished track record with this breed.
A Malinois is a dog on the go. Be sure you find an activity that’s a right match for them such as nose work, flyball, agility, herding, or Schutzhund (now called IGP).
Want To Learn More?
Performance K9 Training founder, David Greene, has represented the USA on four world teams. He and his Belgian Malinois, Luigi Du Dantero, placed third and ninth in the world. If you are looking into training for your Belgian Malinois, be it obedience or reactivity issues, contact us today!