Belgian Dog Breeds – Seven Amazing Pups That Come From Belgium

Belgium is one of the most famous countries in Europe. Its rich culture, history and natural beauty make it a great place to live. There are many breeds of dogs that come from there: the dachshund, the pug, the bulldog, the doberman pinscher…and so on.

The Belgian Malinois (also known as “black” or “pink”) is one of these breeds. They are very popular in Belgium, but they have been bred since the early 20th century. Their popularity has grown over time because of their excellent performance qualities and good looks.

In the past, there were no official standards for breeding Belgian Malinois. However, some breeders tried to keep up with the latest trends and created their own standard for the breed. These standards differ from country to country, but they all share similar characteristics.

They are medium sized dogs, weighing between 25-35 pounds (11-16 kg). They have long legs and thick bodies. Their heads are small compared to other breeds, which makes them look more like miniature dogs than any kind of dog.

Their coats vary in color from light brown to black. Some of the colors include chocolate, chestnut and grey. They also have markings on their foreheads (most commonly a black “V” shape), light or dark eyes, and a lighter brow.

The first thing that comes to mind when someone mentions the Belgian Malinois is the police K9. Belgian Malinois are used for various police and military purposes, including tracking, detection of explosives, defending their handlers and other police officers, guarding, and narcotics interdiction. They have been called “the super dog” and more recently “the Velcro dog” because of their extreme loyalty to their owners.

Belgian Malinois are known for their willingness to please their owners and their high intelligence, which means that they can learn new commands easily. Their alert and active nature also make them great guard dogs, and they are always on the look out for any potential danger. With proper training and obedience, they can become a valuable member of the family and a welcome addition to almost any home.

Exercise:

The Belgian Malinois are very active dogs and need a lot of exercise. Without proper exercise, they may become destructive and cause trouble when they are inside the house. They require a large yard to play in and long walks. Since they were originally bred to herd sheep, they enjoy tasks that challenge their herding instincts, such as searching and rescuing. They can become depressed and bored if they don’t get enough mental and physical exercise on a regular basis

Training:

Belgian Malinois are very intelligent dogs and they learn new commands very quickly. However, they can be willful and headstrong at times, so owners need to show them that the owner is the “alpha” of the family. They should only be trained by people who are naturally authoritative over them. Permissive owners will probably have a disobedient dog that does what he wants.

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Activity Room:

Belgian Malinois are very active dogs and require plenty of space for exercise and activities. They need to be taken on a long walk or jog every day, sometimes twice a day. They need room to run around and play. Without enough exercise, they are likely to become destructive within your house and yard.

Physical Traits:

Belgian Malinois are medium sized dogs, weighing from 35-60 pounds (16-27 kg). They have long legs and thick muscular bodies, which makes them more like greyhounds than other dog breeds. Belgin Malinois have smooth and glossy coats that can vary in color from light tan to black. They have dark eyes and a black nose. The most distinguishing feature on the Belgian Malinois is the “V” shaped pattern on their forehead.

(Potential Owners: Please be aware that these dogs may tend to bark a lot, and they do not make good city dogs)

Common Health Problems:

The Belgian Malinois can suffer from a variety of health problems, including but not limited to cataracts, canine cancer, various allergies, heart disease, hip dysphasia and bone disorders such as osteochondritis dissecans (OCD). OCD is a joint condition in which the cartilage does not properly form, causing bone to rub on bone. As you can imagine, this causes a great deal of pain and discomfort for the dog.

Belgian Malinois usually have a lifespan of between 10-13 years.

Grooming:

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The Belgian Malinois has a single, medium length coat that does not tangle or mat. However, it does need to be brushed on a daily to weekly basis, and trimming is also recommended. The coat should be trimmed whenever it starts to get too long, which is usually every 3-4 months. It should not take long for most owners to trim the coat since it does not tangle or mat.

Origin:

Belgian Malinois are one of the four different types of Belgian Sheepdogs. They were originally bred in Belgium more than 100 years ago to herd and guard the flocks and farms of the region. They were originally known as Belgian Chianines, but due to a poor French translation, the breed became known as the Belgian Sheepdogs instead. While they are still used for herding or guarding farms to this day, they are also popularly known as police dogs or military dogs due to their high intelligence and strong work ethic.

Sources & references used in this article:

CultureShock! Belgium: A Survival Guide to Customs and Etiquette by WA Dyer – 1915 – Doubleday, Page

K9 Personal Protection: A Manual for Training Reliable Protection Dogs by M Elliott – 2010 – books.google.com

The K-9 corps: The use of dogs in police work by CH Renna – 2012 – i5 Publishing