Like the German Shepherd, the Belgium Malinois was bred as a herding dog. They are one of four Belgium sheepherding dog breeds. The Begium Malinois of today can be linked to a pair of dogs owned by a shepherd in 1885. These same dogs are also considered founding members of the Bouvier des Flandres and the Dutch Shepherd Dog.
Belgium Malinois are extremely intelligent and easily trained. But they are not recommended for inexperienced dog owners. Their training must be consistent and positive. Proper socialization is also important to ward off the herding/guard dog tendencies of the breed. Belgium Malinois also require a lot of exercise, so you had better be willing to give it to them. They are very people oriented, and they want to be included in their human family’s activities. Their intelligence and trainability have made them a favorite for law enforcement agencies. The Belgium Malinois learns its job very quickly, and being a police dog works with their natural herding/guard dog sentiments. Like German Shepherds, the Belgium Malinois is intensely focused on his job and is not easily distracted or deterred from accomplishing his goals.
Best lifestyle for this breed
As said above, Belgium Malinois are not for inexperienced dog owners or for small living spaces. Their supreme intellect and high stamina make them an intense dog to own. They need consistent exercise and outlets for their energy. Belgium Malinois love to be around people and bond heavily with their owners. They have separation anxiety if left alone for too long. Like most herding dog types, they are protective of their family and wary of strangers. Early and consistent socialization are best for a Belgium Malinois. Enroll him in puppy classes and take him for walks in busy parks to help him get used to a busy and wide world.