Breed Characteristic

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Small dog vs Big dog biting!

I do not agree on the fact that because the Belgian Malinois is a big dog or a dog that likes biting in training, that he is more dangerous than a small dog. Actually I believe that all depends on the obedience and the training you provide to your dog. A small poodle dog not trained can be much more dangerous than a Belgian Malinois well trained! So we can leave that gossip part to the “Urban Legends”!

Biting training

Regarding my experience with my own dogs, Sky was trained with Police and I taught him to bite, which everybody around me (inexperienced friends or family) told me that I was crazy to teach him that…. I totally disagree on this point! A dog knows how to bite no matter what, it is in his instinct, so teaching him how to control his bite and stop is much better than let him experienced that by himself on the wrong person! Anyway, this was my choice. I decide to go to the most experienced trainers (police) to do that and I highly recommend to never teaching your dog to bite by yourself. It has to be always secure with a professional that have special equipment too. Besides, I decided to teach the biting to Sky when I was learning French Ring and it is an important part of this sport. By the way it is an amazing sport and I would love to do it again here in Florida. I will write about that sport another day.

A dog is a dog

That said to tell you I never had biting situation with my Malinois, Sky. But keep in mind that a dog is still a dog and you cannot force an animal to act the same way as a human. There is some situation that I understand I have to adapt to my dogs in order for them to not being aggressive: of course Sky is jealous and protective… He doesn’t like anybody to grab me or hug me too much. It even happened that he pinches some of my friends / boyfriend when they try to carry me in front of him. It is my fault! Not because he is trained to bite but because I shouldn’t put him in this situation. Then I know I have to be careful and warn my friends “do not do that, he is going to bite you”… When my Malinois, Sky, pinches somebody in this situation, I cannot be mad at him because this is his instinct of protection. He pinched them to warn. Keep in mind that a dog who wants to bite: bites! And this can be dramatic. Sky is not aggressive he is just a good protective dog.

So regarding biting I wouldn’t say that Sky who was trained for that purpose in French Ring is more dangerous than another dog that was never trained.

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Coat colors

In France, the single Malinois coat is rich fawn to mahogany, with black tips on the hairs, as well as black ears and mask.  The coat of the Malinois is short, tan and sometimes sprinkled with gray overlay. His mask is always black. However this can vary:

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1st photo: the coat can go with red tones
2nd picture: Or go to the lighter tones, more “sand”
3rd picture: The amount of black overlay can be important
4th picture: Or unimportant or even with no mask
5th picture: The tones can go to gray

In Belgium the black coat is recognised by the NVBK.

Malinois physic

The Belgian Shepherd Malinois physic has harmonious proportions. He is rustic, but medium proportions. Often compared to the German Shepherd, he is much lighter, more flexible and smaller than the German Sheperd. The average male is around 62cm / 24in, while the female is around 58cm/ 22in. Weight level, the male is generally between 25kg / 55lbs and 35kg / 77lbs, the female is lighter.

His head is fine, well chiselled and long without exaggeration. For the vast majority, they have dark brown eyes that contrasts somewhat with their dress. As for the German Shepherd, his ears are pointed, triangular and erect, and usually dark colored (often black). Its tail is full and carried low, hanging when the dog is at rest and raised when in action.


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Sky Malinois du domaine de seugidor

The Belgian Shepherd has an amazing personality, he is a dog vigilant and active, full of vitality and eager to move on the action. With the innate ability of herdsman, he joined the valuable qualities of the best guard dog for the property. He is, without any hesitation, the obstinate and ardent defender of his master. He meets all the qualifications to be a sheepdog, a guardian, protection and service dog. He is lively, alert temperament and assured character, no fear or aggressiveness, should be visible in the attitude of the body and the proud attentive expression of his sparkling eyes. It will reflect the character “calm” and “Bold” in judgments.

The Malinois has a personality to learn very quickly and wants to do well. Very responsive to orders, it is the perfect partner for those who dream to invest in obedience. However do not to imagine that the Malinois taught himself; lots of new owners are very demanding with the dog, sometimes a little impatient. Some fail to contain his energy. The Malinois can do great things, but not without the help of his owner!

The brutality and screams can create big damages on his character and make it aggressive or fearful, everything must go through respect and mutual trust. It is important to socialize him by regularly taking him to the city , in puppy school or other public places. He must be able to meet all kinds of people and deal with various situations. His education must be undertaken immediately upon arrival at home. Basic obedience is generally rapidly acquired. It is an intelligent dog who wants to do well.

If he does not learn is that you have bad taught him!

Concentrated with high memorizing skills he learnt fast several orders, it can however quickly been tired of too repeated exercises. Up to you to make each education sessions interesting and not bore your dog with sequences of 20 positions following.

While accuracy and speed of execution are impressive in competition, you need to realize that all this requires hours of work and a great consistency.

No doubt that with motivation and the right methods you will get great results with your Malinois.

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