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Belgian Malinois

Also referred to as Malinois or Chien De Berger Belge

Find some great facts about this breed. Learn about the average
height & weight, the typical colorings & temperaments, plus information
about their activity level, age expectancy, typical health concerns & more!

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Belgian Malinois

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Average Height & Weight

The Belgian Malinois is considered a LARGE dog based on the average height and weight.


Males –Height: 24 to 26 inches.

Weight: 60 to 65 pounds.

Females –Height: 22 to 24 inches.

Weight: 60 to 65 pounds.

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Belgian Malinois


Typical Coloring

Belgian Malinois are commonly fawn, mahogany, red, black, brindle, cream, gray and liver.





Belgian Malinois are an intense breed. Bred as worker dogs, they are happiest when they have a task to focus on. They are serious and constantly on the alert, making them good watchdogs. Belgian Malinois have a lot of confidence, and it shows in the dignified way they carry themselves.




Activity Level

A high-energy breed, Belgian Malinois are not satisfied with a leisurely walk or romp in the backyard. This breed requires vigorous activity, such as jogging or herding. They also need mental stimulation so they do not become frustrated.


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Breed Characteristics



Age Expectancy

10 to 12 years

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Known Breed-Related Health Issues

Belgian Malinois are a generally healthy breed. Their most common health concerns include canine hip dysplasia, epilepsy and skin allergies.





Ideal Climates for this Breed

Belgian Malinois have a medium tolerance for hot and cold climates.



Belgian Malinois


Family Orientation
(good with kids, or other pets?)

Belgian Malinois are good family dogs. They are extremely protective of their families and never aggressive toward them; however, they are sometimes aggressive toward other dogs and household pets.






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