Belgian Malinois

Herding Group


Oslo and puppies from Belgian Malinois Des Ombres Valeureux

The Belgian Malinois is a herding dog that can be used for security work.  Early training, socialization and consistent/knowledgable handling is important to have a pet that the family will enjoy as much as the dog enjoys being a part of the family.  Good with children but may be “too much” for a young child.  While it loves to outdoors it should not become a “kennel” dog.  It needs to be with the family in order for it to remain a family pet.  They may tend to bond more with certain family members than with others.   Good watchdogs that need exercise and activity.  Do not make the dog find its own amusements.   Will try to be the dominant dog, but gets along with non-canine pets if socialized during puppyhood.  They can be apartment dogs if fully exercised, but they will be active vs. inactive inside the home.  Minimal brushing is needed.

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Notes for owners
Short and smooth Minimal Can be aggressive and high strung.  Not recommended for young children.  Good watchdogs.

Relevant Web Sites

AKC Breed Profile

American Belgian Malinois Club

The Malinut Page


We STRONGLY recommend that you get your dog from a respectable breeder or rescue organization.  Pet store puppies may get their dogs from Puppy Mills that normally breed only for profit, not quality or concern for the puppy or its eventual owner.
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