Dog Breed Guide: Belgian Malinois
Dr. Marc is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.
About the Belgian Malinois
Height (to base of neck): female 22 – 24″, male 24 – 26″
Weight: 62 – 75 lb
Color: Distinct black markings on ears, muzzle and mask with a tan base.
Coat: Weather resistant coat is short with hard textured hairs and dense short under coat..
Life Expectancy: 12 – 14 years
Energy level: High
Exercise needs: High
Breed Nicknames: Malinois, Belgian Sheepdog
Is a Belgian Malinois the Right Dog Breed for You?
The Malinois is very intelligent and highly trainable. They excel at obedience, tracking and herding. They do best when given a ‘job’ due to their high energy level. They can tend towards aggression and have been noted to bite. Early socialization and obedience training can help curb this. They are not particularly trustworthy with children due to their large size and herding nature. They are moderate shedders and require regular grooming.
Common Illnesses, Medical Conditions and Accidents for the Belgian Malinois
According to the number of dog insurance claims Pets Best receives
|Medical Issue||Average Claim Amount||Expensive Claim|
|Diarrhea – undiagnosed||$364||$631|
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