Monday, April 18, 2011

The Smart and Intelligent Belgian Malinois

lBy: Ed Gonzalez

The Belgian Malinois got their name from the city of Malines in the nation of Belgium. These dogs are still uncommon in the United States of America. They belong to a group of dogs called sheepdogs namel: The Belgian Malinois, Belgian Tervure, Belgian Groenendael and the less common known Belgian Laekenois.. They share the same roots. In other countries and dog breeding class, there is no distinction of these sheepdogs. These dogs are considered as one and the same. The only difference lies in the types of coats they have. The American Kennel Club recognizes these dogs as different breeds and they do not recognize at all The Belgian Laekenois. It's counterpart in the U.S.A..the UKC dentifies them as belonging to the same breed.

These dogs are flexible and extremely intelligent. They do have a lot of talents like narcotics and bomb detection, protection. Dogs of this kind are so useful in search and rescue operations. The Belgian Malinois and their breed will do well in obedience, agility, tracking, herding, sled and pulling carts. They are excellent companions for the blind and disabled because these dogs will not only protect but guide them properly. In triangular form. The other three were called “ Berger Belgea.” which meant sheepdogs that are not Malinois.

The Belgian Malinois have square like bodies. It is quite noticeable when the legs and toplines are looked at from the sides. These dogs are deep chested. Their topline levels slant slightly between the ridges of their shoulders. The sizes of their heads are well balanced to the size of their bodies. Their skulls are flat plus the width and length bear the same distance. They have muzzles that are a bit pointed and it is equal in length with the top of the skull. It has a moderate stop. Their noses are black and so are their tight lips. They have teeth that are joint together in scissor like bites. The eyes of the Belgian Malinois have medium sized colored eyes that are colored brown. They have ears that stand straight in triangular form. These dogs have sturdy tails located at the baseand it  reaches the tarsal points of their back legs .Dogs of this kind have cat – like feet. Their owners can have their dewclaws taken out. Belgian Malinois have double coats that are short, straight and weather resistant. Their coat colors are rich fawn, red mahogany and black. These dogs have black tips on their hair. The colors of their ears and masks are black. The under parts of their bodies, like their tails and back ends are colored light brown. The hair surrounding their necks are slightly long and it resembles a collar.

This breed of dogs are ingenious and obedient dogs. Belgian Malinois are resolute and watchful dogs.They are very protective and they do have territorial instincts. Owners must let their dogs socialize with members of their family so that the won't become shy and sensitive. If possible, socialize them when they are young. It's best to do this when they are newly born. Masters must be firm but not rude, harmful or arrogant. If you possess these types of personalities, your dogs will dislike you. Owners need to feel confident, have good leadership qualities and must have set rules that their dogs have to follow consistently. These dogs are superb police and guard dogs. They will become perfect pet dogs if owners can display exceptional leadership. Belgian Malinois are faithful and will do well with children, as long as they have the proper training to do so .Do not lock them up, they need to feel that they are part of the family. Always bear in mind that these dogs need good leadership, training, companionship and daily exercise. If owners don't do this, they will become destructive and difficult to handle. These dogs are packed with a lot of energy, superior mental capacity and a high comprehension level. They are rather dominant and that's the reason why you should be careful when introducing them to non - canine pets. Before acquiring these dogs, ask advice from owners and breeders of Belgian Malinois dogs.

Male dogs will attain heights of 24 – 28 inches while females will have heights of 22 – 24 inches. They will have weights of 55 – 65 pounds. These dogs are sturdily built and they have no critical health concerns. Some of their minor health problems are allergies, eye problems, being very shy, too much aggressiveness and sometimes they do develop hip and elbow dysplasia.

They will be alright living in apartments. If that's the case, they must have sufficient exercise. These dogs are fairly active when they are indoors .and they will need an average sized yard to run around. This Dog Breed likes weather that' s cool but they can adapt to other kinds of climate. Belgian Malinois love being and living with people. They prefer living indoors than outdoors. These dogs must have long walks and it is better for them to be unleashed when they are in safe areas.

Belgian Malinois Dogs will live for at least 12 – 14 years old. They can have six to twelve puppies.

The fine haired Belgian Malinois are easy to groom. Brush them often firmly with a bristle brush and give them a bath when it is only necessary. Giving them a bath on a constant basis will remove the waterproofing they have on their coats. It sheds only lightly but constantly. The Belgian Malinois sheds heavily twice a year


Teje said...

Hello! Thank you for your visit and comment on my blog! How nice to see Belgians! Nero's mother is Belgian and father German Sephard. In Finland and in Greece we recognize official three different breeds of Belgians. Have a sunny week! Teje & Nero

Jan's Funny Farm said...

This is such a handsome breed of dog and they are good in law enforcement work.

sagechronicles said...

Beautiful dogs!

Benny and Lily said...

They are beautiful doggies
Benny & Lily

Jan said...

I had never heard of this breed. Thank you for your post. Awesome!

World Class K-9 said...

A well trained guard dog can add a new level of security to your household.
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