Belgian MalinoisWe always love getting emails from our customers & readers asking us to feature their dog or favorite breed for our Best Bully Sticks Spotlight on a Breed blog series every Thursday. As always we are honored to oblige. We are excited to spotlight the Belgian Malinois.

Height: Male: 24-26; Female 22-24 inches

Weight: 60-65 lbs

Coat: The Belgian Malinois is a shorthaired breed that doesn’t require much maintenance. Has somewhat of a coarse and harsh coat, which is strong enough to be weather resistant. Neck hair is slightly longer, and has a dense undercoat.

Color: rich fawn to mahogany, with black-tipped hairs; black mask and ears

Appearance: Belgian Malinois are proportionate and square – they are as long as they are all tall. They are sturdy, muscular dogs, but are not heavy on their feet, and given their size are surprisingly agile, and carry themselves with pride and grace at all times. They have deep, broad chests, long legs and round, cat-like feet. Malinois have large heads with long, tapered (but not thin) muzzles. Their eyes and noses are dark, and their ears sit high on the head and are erect and alert at all times. They sport short, thick coats and range in color from fawn to mahogany with a black mask on the face, black ears, and black tips on the hairs. Lighter colored Malinois can have a small bit of white on the tips of their toes or on the chest.

Temperament: The Belgian Malinois is confident, exhibiting neither shyness nor aggressiveness in new situations. The dog may be reserved with strangers but is affectionate with his own people. He is naturally protective of his owner’s person and property without being overly aggressive. The Belgian Malinois possesses a strong desire to work and is quick and responsive to commands from his owner.

Health: The average life span of the Belgian Malinois is 10 to 14 years. This is slightly higher than the median lifespan of most purebred dogs (10 to 13 years). Like many other large dogs, they have a predisposition to developing the following health disorders

  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Epilepsy

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