the belgian shepherd malinois


This smaller, lighter, highly athletic breed is a cousin to the GSD, descending from Northern European sheepdogs, and developed in the Belgium town of Malines. The name Malinois is derived from name of this town - Malines. It is short-haired, tan to brown (usually mahogany), with hairs agouti-ticked with black to varying degrees. It has a black mask and ears, and sometimes has white markings on the toes and chest. It has a square build in comparison to the German Shepherd, which has shorter hind legs but is otherwise similar. The Malinois has a domed forehead, a long, square-cut muzzle and black noses, with their ears pointed and fully erect.

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Well-raised and trained Malinois are usually active, intelligent, friendly, protective, alert and hard- working. Belgian Malinois exhibit energy levels that are among the highest of all dog breeds. A typical Malinois will have puppy-like energy until the age of 3, though it is not uncommon for them to exhibit this energy level until the age of five. Many have excessively high prey drive.

The Malinois excels as a police and general service dog, and in sports such as French Ring, Mondio, KNPV and Schutzhund. The breed is used as a working dog for tasks including detection of odors such as explosives, accelerants (for arson investigation), and narcotics; tracking humans for suspect apprehension in police work; and search and rescue missions. The U.S. Secret Service uses Belgian Malinois to guard the grounds of the White House.

The heroism shown by the Malinois is unbelievable! The elite US Navy SEALS use the Belgian Malinois. Like their human counterparts, the dog SEALs are highly trained, highly skilled, highly motivated special ops experts, able to perform extraordinary military missions by Sea, Air and Land (thus the acronym). The dogs carry out a wide range of specialized duties for the military teams to which they are attached.

These dogs are incredibly compact and fast with a sense of smell 40 times greater than that of a human. Their small stature make them ideal for parachuting and repelling missions with their handlers. The SEALS were accompanied by a Belgian Malinois named Cairo during their raid on Osama Bin Laden in 2013. They have earned their place as War Dogs! In Popular Culture, the American science fiction crime drama television series Person of Interest features a Malinois named Bear as a regular cast member. In film, the titular character of the 2015 feature film MAX is a Malinois, returning from service with the US Marine Corps.


The police dog killed in the aftermath of the Paris terrorist attacks was a Malinois named Diesel who was given a funeral with full honours.

'Rocket', a Belgian Malinois raised in India's National Security Guard's K-9 unit, as an expert assault and sniffer dog, was recommended for Gallantry award in 2016, for detecting fidayeen presence in Pathankot airbase attack. During the operation he received burn injuries on his paws and forehead, but after treatment for weeks he was back on duty.