Belgian Malinois

If your idea of the perfect companion is one who’s laid-back and cuddly, I’m not for you. I take a serious approach to life and have been called intense—not the best fit for new dog owners or apartment living. Alert, smart, and sometimes domineering, I am an excellent candidate for a watch or guard dog. You’ll often find me doing police work or herding. I’m friendly with other dogs and animals but can be reserved with strangers. Early socialization is key so I don’t become aggressive. Affection is not my strong point, although I do bond with family members.

At 22 to 26 inches tall and 60 to 65 pounds, I’m a medium-sized dog with a lot of energy. A long jog or spirited play session every day will keep me happy and grounded. Agility courses and similar activities will keep my sharp intellect challenged.

I have a short, straight double coat that is resistant to rain and cold, with black-tipped hairs over a base of fawn or mahogany—an alert and striking profile often mistaken for a German shepherd. My grooming regimen is fairly easy—a weekly brushing and occasional bath will do—though I do tend to drool.

I have no major health issues but do have minor risk of developing hip dysplasia, epilepsy, and skin allergies. If we are a match, I’ll be a steadfast, hardworking member of the family for about 10 to 12 years.