Dog Breed Guide: Belgian Malinois

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A Belgian Malinois dog with pet insurance from Pets Best.

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.

Origin: Belgium

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 
 Skin Allergies  $1,618  $3,613
 Lipoma  $413  $1,084
 Colitis  $62  $125
 Pyoderma  $122  $188
 Diarrhea – undiagnosed  $364  $631

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