About the Belgian Malinois
- Very energetic and require a lot of exercise. It is important to have space and time for them.
- Very intelligent, obedient, and alert. Strong herding and protection instincts, which require training. Make training easier using this no-pull harness.
- Although they are good-sized dogs, they are very people-oriented and want to be included in family activities.
- Requires early socialization.
- Due to high energy and herding qualities, Malinois are not recommended for new and inexperienced dog owners.
- Frequently sheds and shed heavily twice a year.
Today, Mals are incredibly important members of the U.S. military. Most of the dogs that work with the elite Navy SEALS are Mals, including Cairo, the brave canine that helped SEAL Team 6 take down Osama bin Laden in 2011. SEAL dogs like Cairo are given their own special body armor and even get their own night-vision goggles.
In the January 1908 issue of the AKC Gazette, there was a small notice that five Belgian Sheepdogs had been added to the New York City police force. The breed was relatively new to the United States at the time, and this was the first time the AKC had ever mentioned them. Today, the Belgian Malinois is one of the top breeds chosen by police departments around the country.