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Belgian Malinois |Belgium|

Belgian Malinois |Belgium|

The Belgian Malinois is one of the four types of Belgian livestock working dogs and takes its name from the city of Malines (or Mechelen). The four types all share the same heritage, and it is only in the United States that they each have their own breed standard; they do, however, all exhibit their own characteristics. The Malinois were bred to excel as working animals and have developed into superb livestock-herding and guarding dogs. They are extremely intelligent and trainable and are affectionate with their families. They also serve as good watchdogs without being overly aggressive. However, they will thrive only in the most active homes. The Malinois is popular for use in herding, sledding, obedience, and tracking competitions.

History

Early breeders prized the Malinois’s working character, and, historically, it has been the favorite type of Belgian Shepherd in its homeland. It is used as a working dog for tasks including detecting explosives, accelerants (for arson investigations), and illegal drugs. It is also used in police work for tracking and makes an excellent search-and-rescue dog. The Belgian Malinois was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1959.

Belgian Malinois rank among the most naturally energetic of all dog breeds. A typical Malinois will have puppy-like energy until the age of three or four.

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From Dogs Unleashed, Copyright by Tamsin Pickeral, licensed through ContentOro, Inc and used by arrangement with Thunder Bay Press

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