Belgian Malinois can easily be confused for a German Shepherd.
These working dogs are similar in appearance to the German Shepherd but have a number of subtle differences that set them apart.
Although they’re not as common as GSD, the American Kennel Club still ranks the Belgian Malinois within the top 50 most popular breeds in the USA.
Belgian Malinois are viewed as peerless herders and world-class working dogs due to their athleticism and intelligence.
In this article, we’re going to look at pictures of Belgian Malinois to get an idea of the breed’s appearance.
We’ll break this article into the following sections:
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What is a Belgian Malinois
Belgian Malinois are considered a smart and versatile dog breed that excel when given a task. In fact, these Belgian dogs need a sense of purpose to make them feel fulfilled.
The American Kennel Club write that to deny this Herding Group member an activity and the pleasure of your company is to deprive him of his very reasons for being.
Ranked 43rd in terms of the most popular breeds in the United States, Belgian Malinois have an average life expectancy of 14 to 16 years. This is substantially longer than German Shepherds.
Belgian Malinois history
Belgian Malinois can trace their origins back to a small town on the outskirts of Brussels called Malines. Originally one of the four members of the Belgian Shepherd, these dogs were created to function as peerless shepherd dogs. Those responsible for laying down the foundation of the breed sought to create a hardworking and obedient dog.
Having arrived in the USA for the first time in 1911, they were popular Stateside until World War II so a temporary pause on their importation. Belgian Malinois featured heavily in the Second World War alongside other dogs such as German Shepherds and Dobermans.
The American Kennel Club recognised the Belgian Malinois breed in 1959. Their services to the American military earned them a life-size bronze statue of a Belgian Malinois in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Belgian Malinois breed standard
Before we look at some pictures of Belgian Malinois, let’s take a look at the American Kennel Club’s breed standard for these streamlined dogs:
The Belgian Malinois is a well balanced, square dog, elegant in appearance with an exceedingly proud carriage of the head and neck. The dog is strong, agile, well muscled, alert, and full of life. He stands squarely on all fours and viewed from the side, the topline, forelegs, and hind legs closely approximate a square. The whole conformation gives the impression of depth and solidity without bulkiness. The male is usually somewhat more impressive and grand than his female counterpart, which has a distinctly feminine look.
By now, you should have a general idea of Belgian Malinois but let’s take a closer look at their size.
Belgian Malinois size
Belgian Malinois males are between 24 and 26 inches tall, while female Belgian Malinois are between 22 and 24 inches tall.
Males can weigh between 60 and 80 pounds, while females are slightly lighter with a weight range of 40 to 60 pounds.
Belgian Malinois appearance
As we mentioned above, Belgian Malinois are world-class workers. They should be squarely built, with an alert appearance. They tend to be well-muscled. However, the AKC state that they should be more elegant than bulky. These dogs are built to work.
They’ve got a proud carriage of the head, which should be in proportion to their body. Their coat colors can range from a rich fawn to mahogany. They have black ears and dark eyes (the color of dark Belgian chocolate).
With the basic information covered, let’s take a look at some pictures of Belgian Malinois.
Pictures of Belgian Malinois
Millie the Belgian Malinois (@milliethemali):
Millie has a great personality! While “great” is subjective, I mean in the sense that she is not too high strung or aggressive. She adapts to whatever environment we are in, calm when necessary and active if I am active. Every Malinois is not the same though, and I can’t stress enough about learning the personalities of the parents, and what the breeders goal is in breeding. While this isn’t a complete indicator of how the puppy will be, it’s better than nothing.
Belgian Malinois are EXTREMELY smart. They are smart enough to find loopholes in commands and training. For example, Millie has perfected the army crawl. She will lay down on command, but I have caught her a few times seemingly to miss place herself only when my back is turned. It is so sneaky to the point that I started second guessing if I was losing my mind or was she slightly in a different spot then where I left her. Then one time I caught her out of the corner of my eye. She never “got up” from her place, she just slowly inched herself forward when I was turned, and then would stay completely still as I looked back at her. She figured out that she wasn’t really breaking the command to lay down, as long as her belly didn’t leave the ground.
The biggest [misconception] is the aggression, and a lot of that has to do with training and socialization. The behavior can be encouraged, such as in police and military dogs, or discouraged in a family setting. Also, it seems like after Belgian Malinois have been in the news recently, their popularity has increased. I hear people tell me they want to get one just because they like that they are protective, and that is only one small aspect of the breed. Hopefully, you never have to even be in a situation where the protection aspect comes into play. The other 99.99% of the time that you have to make sure this breed is the right fit for you.
Belgian Malinois should, in my opinion, be very well and consistently trained. This is a dog that absolutely should have a human in control. They need to know that you are the boss, and that their job is to do what their human wants them to do. Think of it as like a teenager. If you let the teenager make all the decisions, they may not be the best ones, but with structure and rules, they generally do better.
Check out our full interview with Millie’s mom Katy here.
Pictures of Belgian Malinois puppies
More to follow.
Belgian Malinois to follow on Instagram
If you want to learn more about Belgian Malinois, you can always check out some members of the breed on Instagram.
Here are some accounts to take a look at if you want to learn more about the breed:
So there you have it, we’ve reached the end of our article showing pictures of Belgian Malinois.
As you’ll have learned, these dogs require a dedicated owner who is willing to put time into training and activities with their Malinois.