Belgian Malinois Breed Profile


The Belgian Malinois is a very smart, obedient breed of dog. They are natural protectors, but they're shy and sensitive at the same time. These dogs are also loyal and watchful of everything that goes on around the house.

Family/Child Friendly

The Belgian Malinois can be good around children only if they are raised around children. This breed of dog prefers older children to younger children. Also has a need to be a part of the family and can't be locked up in a kennel or ignored in the backyard.

Lifespan and Weight

The average lifespan of this breed of dog is around 14 years. However, with the advancement of veterinary medicine, pets can live up to 20 years and even longer. The average weight for this breed of dog is around 55 to 65 lbs.

Common Diseases

The most common diseases associated with this breed of dog are skin allergies, eye problems, excessive shyness, elbow and hip dysplasia.

Housebreaking and Shedding

This breed of dog can be housebroken, but the owner must be patient and not be overbearing or the dog will not cooperate. This breed of dog loves to be outdoors but needs to sleep inside with the family at night. Brush regularly but bathe only when necessary.

Best Owner Compatibility

This breed of dog is not suitable for the apartment or condo environment. Also not suitable for the frequent traveler. Best Owner has yard to play in and lots of love and attention to give.

Where to Buy

The best places to buy this breed of dog are from reputable breeders, animal shelters, and rescue organizations.

Average Cost

Owning this breed of dog does not come cheaply. The average cost for this breed of dog ranges from $800 to $1,750 per dog.

Aggression Factor

This breed of dog can be extremely aggressive. You must socialize early to try to avoid this trait, and even if you do, its no guarantee.

Noise Factor

Barks when strangers approach. Make good guard dogs.

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