Belgian Shepherd Malinois
Other names: (Chien de Berger Belge), Mechelaar, Mechelse Herder, Mechelse Scheper, Pastor Belga Malinois
Country of Origin: Belgium
Height: Male: 61–66 cm, Female: 56–61 cm
Weight: Male: 29–34 kg, Female: 25–30 kg
Color: Mahogany, Black-masked fawn, Tan, Black-tipped Fawn
Life Expectancy: 13 – 15 years
Temperament: Protective, Alert, Loyal, Energetic, Attentive, Intelligent
Litter Size: 5 - 11 puppies
Health Problems: This hardy, healthy breed has no major health concerns. Some minor concerns that have been seen are epilepsy, skin allergies, eye problems, excessive shyness, excessive aggressiveness and occasionally hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia.
The standard for the Belgian Malinois frequently uses the word "square" to describe the breed, as the dog's body is about as long as it is tall.
The elegant Malinois is a muscular dog but not heavy, solid but very agile, with a proud carriage.
The topline is level with a slight slope at the withers. The chest is neither broad nor narrow, but is deep, reaching to the elbow. The hindquarters are muscular, without looking heavy.
The front legs are very straight and parallel to each other, with round cat-feet. Dewclaws may be removed from the front legs and should be removed from the back legs. The long tail reaches at least to the hock. The short-haired coat is fawn to red to mahogany, to black with black tips, mask, and ears and a thick undercoat. Some white is allowed on the chest and feet.
The hair around the neck is a bit longer and forms a collar. The small, dark, almond-shaped eyes have an alert and questioning expression. The alert erect ears should be equilateral triangles. They should be in good proportion to the dog's head. The muzzle tapers, but is not excessively pointy.
The skull is flat and parallel to the plain of the muzzle. The nose is black and the lips should be tight. The teeth should meet in a scissors or level bite.