Belgian Malinois are active dogs, so it’s important to give them the exercise they crave on a daily basis. Longish walks (45 minutes each) are a start, but letting them have some time to run will help to burn off their energy. This breed likes to run in large circles (thanks to their herding instinct) and if you can find a place where they can do so, they’ll be happier for it.
Belgian Malinois are above-average shedders. Expect some mess at all times, but in periods of heavy shedding (spring and fall), keep your vacuum cleaner on high alert.
Barking and Volume:
In general, Belgian Malinois only bark if provoked or if they feel that their family and friends are being threatened.
Training is essential with this breed. Belgian Malinois are great dogs, but they do need early socialization to be able to interact appropriately with children and strangers. You’ll also need to work on their herding instincts to prevent them from circling and nipping at heels. Puppy training is recommended.
Health Factors: Belgian Malinois are generally healthy, but can be prone to eye problems and hip and elbow dysplasia. *A reputable breeder can help minimize the risk of genetic disorders.
Grooming: Home grooming is adequate.
Training: Puppy classes are recommended.
This dog is as low-maintenance as they come. They require little grooming outside of weekly brushing to collect loose hair. You may consider daily brushing during periods of heavy shedding. As always, keeping their eyes, ears and teeth clean is key. Monthly bathing (at most) is sufficient.
When trained and socialized properly, this breed can be very affectionate and loving toward children. If you don’t have time to put into training, you may want to wait until your children are older before considering this breed.
Friendliness: Towards Animals
Because of this breed’s tendency to exhibit herding behaviours, they can be aggressive toward small and medium-sized dogs. Keep your eye on them when in off-leash areas. Early socialization can help.
Friendliness: Towards People
Members of this breed love being around their families and meeting new people. When they feel like their owners are in danger, however, they can become aggressive. Affection is greatly appreciated.
BE PREPARED FOR: A protective dog that’s open to loving and learning from a dedicated parent.
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