10 Facts About Belgian Malinois And Why We Love Them

As part of our series on different Dog Breeds we decided to take a look at the Belgian Malinois and find out more about the breed. Clearly loved by their owners, they are also a dog that needs an owner that has the time to spend exercising and training them.

10 Fun and Interesting Facts About Belgian Malinois

#1. The Belgian Malinois is a medium to large breed of dog.

#2. They are bred primarily as a working dog for personal protection, detection, police work, search and rescue, however can make fantastic pets with the right owner.


#3. They have a short mahogany coloured coat with black marking – often being compared to a German Shepherd.

#4. The Belgian Malinois is a working dog and is well known for detecting explosives, accelerants and narcotics.

#5. They are known to be active, intelligent, friendly, protective and hard working

#6. They have extreme amounts of energy and need an owner who has time to exercise them.

#7. If not exercised enough they are known to be destructive. They have puppy like energy at least until 3 years of age and often up to 5 years and more!

#8. They require consistent obedience training and love being given a challenge. While hard work is needed they are very easy to train because of their love of rewards.

#9. The Belgian Malinois is know to guard the grounds of the White House

#10. The police dog killed in the Paris terrorist attacks was a Malinois named Diesel.

We asked our Love Your Pets Facebook Group why they loved their Belgian Malinois and this is what they had to say!

Leia is a rescue, and the breed is not known to just be pet as they very much love to work and please. Me and Leia have put a lot of work in together with obedience training and agility which she excelled in. We have both dealt with her hipsplacia and tumours and kept strong for one another. She once saved my life by putting her life in front of mine but little did she know I would’ve took mine for her. She’s my best friend and most loyal partner ,we have been through everything together and I couldn’t have done it without her. The day I was told this breed is not a pet, yes that’s totally right she’s not a pet she’s my life. ~Natalie

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This is Piper. Aka Hyper Piper!! Lol! She is one in a million. She is family ~ Sharon

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Deni is still a puppy bright and very good natured. Was just doing a bit of obedience with her ~Tina

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What do you love about your Belgian Malinois?