Today, the focused and energetic Belgian Malinois still remains one of the most popular dog breeds. Also known as the Belgian Shepherd, this breed belongs to the herding group, and is used for police and protection work.
This highly intelligent dog breed originated from Belgium. The Malinois has four variations throughout the world, not including the U.S. These include the Belgian Malinois, the Belgian Tervuren, the Belgian Sheepdog (Groenendael), and the Belgian Laekenois.
Belgian Shepherds are sheep herding breeds, and known as the Chiens de Berger Belge. They were bred during the 19th century as working dogs. The short-haired breeds came from Malines, and were named the Belgian Malinois.
This is a breed with a strong herding instinct belonging to the herding group. The Malinois makes for a wonderful companion dog, but needs plenty of positive dog training, socialization, and exercise during puppyhood, adolescence, and adulthood.