Max the Belgian Malinois


The Belgian Malinois is a working dog breed. It was originally bred around the town of Malines for sheep herding and protecting the farm and livestock. It was recognized by the AKC in 1959.

It is smart, proud, high energy and loyal. It is a muscular, large dog with a strong bite. It is highly trainable and has become well-known for police, military, search and guard work.

This breed is very active and will thrive on lots of regular and varied physical exercise and mental stimulation. Problems may arise if this smart, people-oriented dog is underemployed or neglected. It may become destructive.

While the breed may be loyal and good with children, it is not the family pet for everyone. It does not have the soft mouth or temperament of for example a labrador retriever. It requires a big time commitment to training and exercise.

The thick coat colors range from a rich fawn to mahogany. The black ears and mask accentuate the dark chocolate eyes.

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Sizes: large
Personality: active, agile, alert, athletic, attentive, boisterous, bold, brave, confident, cooperative, courageous, desire to please, determined, devoted, energetic, loyal, protective, reliable, responsive, trainable
Kid Friendly (1-5): 4
Activity Level (1-5): 5
Trainability (1-5): 1

Hair lengths: long
Shedding (1-5): 4
Jobs: detection, dog sports, guard dog, herding, military, policing, sporting, watch dog, working

More about Belgian Malinois Dog Breed:

We featured Drug Detection Dog Max in our documentary.

Another Max is now the lead in a Hollywood Movie, “Max” from Warner Bros. and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures. This movie will show the world the power, loyalty and intelligence of one of the top breeds used by special operations forces and law enforcement all over the world.

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