The Belgian Malinois is a beloved dog breed known for its intelligent, confident, protective, active temperament and short, dense coat. Classified as a herding breed, the Belgian Malinois is a medium/large dog with an average weight of 40-80 pounds and a height of 22-26 inches.
This breed typically has a 12-14 year life span and requires high amount of exercise per day. As for grooming needs, the Belgian Malinois has low to moderate grooming requirements.
In this guide, we’ll take a closer look at the Belgian Malinois’s personality traits, exercise and grooming needs, as well as common health issues associated with the breed.
Belgian Malinois Breed Information
Breed Group: herding
Average Weight (lbs): 40-80
Average Height (in): 22-26
Life Expectancy (years): 12-14
Daily Sleep: 12-14 hours
Belgian Malinois Appearance
Coat Type: short, dense
Coat Colors: fawn, mahogany, black, brindle
Belgian Malinois Temperament and Personality
Temperament: intelligent, confident, protective, active
Trainability: highly trainable, eager to please, responds well to positive reinforcement
Exercise Needs: high
Grooming Needs: low to moderate
Belgian Malinois Health
Common Health Issues: hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy, skin allergies
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