Belgian Malinois

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Average size and lifespan

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Height: 1ft 10in - 2ft 2in
Weight: 40-80lbs
Lifespan: 14 - 15 Years


  • Affection4/5
  • Kid-Friendly2/5
  • Stranger-Friendly2/5
  • Dog-Friendly2/5
  • Barking Amount3/5


  • Grooming Difficulty2/5
  • Shedding Amount3/5
  • Easy to Train5/5
  • Can Be Alone3/5
  • Exercise Need5/5


  • Cold Tolerance4/5
  • Heat Tolerance3/5
  • Apartment-Friendly1/5

Belgian Malinois Information

belgian malinois dogThis strong, squarely built dog originates from Belgium and is often used for police and military purposes. Exercise is important for this high-energy breed, so be sure to have time and space to work out.

His coat ranges in color, including fawn, mahogany and red, and requires regular brushing. Confident and loyal, the Malinois is easy to train and integrates well with families that include children and other pets.

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Breed FAQs

Can Belgian Malinoiss be apartment dogs?

Belgian Malinoiss don't do very well in apartments. It's recommended to look at another breed better suited to apartment-living.

Can Belgian Malinoiss be left alone?

While Belgian Malinoiss prefer to be around their owners, they can do fairly well when left alone if necessary.

Are Belgian Malinoiss good with kids?

Belgian Malinoiss can be difficult to handle with the rowdy behavior of a child. They should be watched very closely.

Are Belgian Malinoiss friendly with strangers?

Belgian Malinoiss tend to be uncomfortable with strangers. They will require extra training effort to socialize them with those outside their family.

Do Belgian Malinoiss get along with other dogs?

Belgian Malinoiss aren't usually friendly with other dogs. They tend to not get along unless carefully socialized.

Do Belgian Malinoiss bark a lot?

As far as dogs go, Belgian Malinoiss bark an average amount. You can expect them to bark to alert you, get your attention, or when there are strangers or other dogs.

Do Belgian Malinoiss shed a lot?

Belgian Malinoiss shed a medium amount. They will have seasonal shedding, but aren't terrible to clean up after.

Do Belgian Malinoiss need a lot of grooming?

Belgian Malinoiss don't require very much effort for grooming. You'll just need to provide typical maintenance and baths.

Do Belgian Malinoiss need a lot of exercise?

Expect Belgian Malinoiss to have high energy levels and need a lot of exercise. You'll need to find options to release this energy or they may exibit bad behavior.

Are Belgian Malinoiss easy to train?

The Belgian Malinois is smart and extremely trainable. They will learn commands quickly and love the bond of training with their owner.

Can Belgian Malinoiss handle cold weather?

Belgian Malinoiss do well in cold weather. You may need to protect their paws, but they'll do well in colder climates.

Can Belgian Malinoiss handle hot weather?

Although Belgian Malinoiss can tolerate hot conditions, be careful not to expose them for too long.

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