Retired and Passed
The Malinois is one of the most intense working dogs around. Still bred primarily for work by most breeders, there is a wide variety in appearance. They generally have a more square body type and short coat. While usually fawn with a black mask and black overlay, colors can range from pale to rich dark red, with a lot of black overlay, or a only little. The Malinois can be found as small as 45 pounds to well over 80 pounds. One of the most athletic dogs around, they have incredible speed and stamina. It is not uncommon for them to be seen scaling fences, leaping onto tables and counters from a stand still, or (literally) climbing walls. Extremely agile, they can change direction on a dime. Malinois are high drive, with strong prey instincts, boundless energy, a busy mind, and a strong tendency towards biting activities. They tend to act first and think later. All of this makes most of them unsuitable for new dog owners and as "pets". Certainly some can live in the house, but this requires a good deal of work physically and mentally, good management skills, and a secure enclosure for times they are unsupervised (no a baby gate won't do it!). However, for handlers able and willing to take on the challenge, there is no better dog. The work ethic and intensity will capture those able to deal with it, and they rarely turn to other breeds after having worked with one.