The hard-working Malinois makes for one of the best watchdog and family breeds, although this breed is super active, and may seem to always be on the go. That said, this dog breed has intelligence, focus, speed, and needs plenty of consistent exercise.
The Malinois has a tendency to move in a circle instead of a straight line. This is a high-energy dog breed that does not do well with just a regular neighborhood walk on a leash. Consider Schutzhund, herding, obedience training, tracking, and agility for this dog breed!
The Malinois needs lots of one-on-one attention, off-leash runs at the dog park and beach, as well as positive dog training and socialization starting during puppyhood. If positive and consistent dog training and socialization don’t start during puppyhood, you’re going to have a hard time later on. Training has to be geared towards the dog’s unique temperament. This breed is sensitive and only does well with positive dog training.
Because of this breed’s dynamic temperament that is aloof with strangers, and possibly aggressive and domineering with smaller pets and children, expert pet parents with active lifestyles are recommended for the Malinois. The Belgian Malinois problem solves and can be feisty during puppyhood if positive training has not been started. This is a dog breed that demands respect, attention, and human bonding, and should not be left alone for long hours during the day. The Malinois gets bored easily!
The Malinois is sensitive to other people’s moods and is an independent dog breed that enjoys almost all dog sports like agility, obedience training, search and rescue, dock diving, and so forth. Ideally, the Malinois should have large grounds or a large garden or farm. These dogs do well on equestrian and cattle farms.
They also enjoy being indoors with their families and have to be included as family members. That means bringing them along on family hikes, trips to the local Starbucks, and for a jog along the beach.
The Malinois at Work
There’s nothing better than seeing the Malinois at work! We’ve all formed close relationships with this breed because of their superior intelligence and work drive. The Malinois are often trained for police and military work after being imported from Europe. They are good as tracking dogs and are highly effective in finding victims and suspects.
As military dogs, the Malinois is also used for guard duty, crowd control, bomb detection, and tracking. The Malinois has proved to be outstanding in his power to sniff out drugs when used as detection dogs. In this job, they have to be able to cover large areas of terrain, jump onto cargo containers, and work successfully next to people.