Routine Care: The Belgian Malinois will do anything you ask of them in exchange for your approval. Obedience classes will train you how to use their phenomenal powers.
Grooming: They could use a thorough brushing at least every couple weeks most of the year. More when they blows their coat in the fall and spring.
Dental: Belgian Malinois generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!
Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!
They were never bred to be a family pet. They are an admirably professional dog, but some people may find their always-on-duty nature a bit difficult to tolerate.
• Highly intelligent, playful, and energetic
• Has a short, easy-to-care-for coat
• Above average intelligence and trainability when positive reinforcement training methods are used
• Brave and ready for adventure
• Needs a lot of activity and mental stimulation to avoid boredom vices
• Sensitive by nature, a bit slow to mature
• Can be aggressive, fearful, or snappy if not socialized properly
• Strong prey drive—will chase and grab things that run, including cats and children
Whether you are considering adding a new Belgian Malinois to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Belgian Malinois will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds.
By exploring the health concerns specific to the Belgian Malinois you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They are counting on you to be their health expert.
Some health issues a Belgian Malinois could encounter:
This is the preferred dog breed for the Israel Defense Forces, US Secret Service, and Navy SEALs. Even at play, this dog is serious. They can handle any kind of highly technical support work you ask of them and will probably show you a better way to do it. Do not allow this dog to become bored! As an adult they’ll still have more energy than most puppies and will rarely miss a chance to chase a cat.
Consult with a veterinarian if your Belgian Malinois shows signs of the following:
• Dry heaving or a large, tight, painful abdomen
• Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors
• General reluctance to run or play
• Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes
• Cloudiness to eye lens
• Small blood vessels extending onto the clear cornea
• Dilated pupils in daylight, or increased "eye shine" at night
• Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain