The Belgian Malinois is an extremely intelligent working-class dog. They are one of four Belgian sheepdogs. At first glance, this medium sized Belgian Shepherd resembles a German Shepherd DogMalinois are shorthaired, fawn-colored dogs with a black mask and can grow between 40-80 lbs. They are true working dogs with a high level of intelligence and energy, and are very dignified and protective. This makes them easy to train, and ideal in police work or search and rescue.
Common Health Conditions
The Belgian Malinois is a fairly healthy breed, but some diseases are slightly more prevalent:
- Malinois require a lot of activity and mental stimulation to avoid boredom vices and can become aggressive, fearful, or snappy if not socialized properly.
- Hypothyroidism is an underactive thyroid gland. Symptoms include chronic ear infections, bacterial infections of the skin, hair loss, lethargy, and depression. This condition is most commonly treated with medication and diet.
- Allergies are a common ailment in dogs, and the Malinois is no exception. There are three main types of allergies: food allergies, environmental allergies, or dermatitis.