Dogs 101: Belgian Malinois (Belgian Malawa Dog)- Animal Facts
Can a Belgian Malinois be a family dog? Sure they can for the right family. Learn this and more facts about him, including what he does at the White House.
The Malinois /ˈmælɪnwɑː/ is a medium-to-large breed of dog, sometimes classified as a variety of the Belgian Shepherd dog rather than as a separate breed. The name «Malinois» is derived from Malines, the French name for the breed’s Flemish city of origin, Mechelen.
The breed is used as a working dog for tasks including detection of odors such as explosives, accelerants (for arson investigation), and narcotics; tracking humans for suspect apprehension in police work, and search and rescue missions. The U.S. Secret Service uses Belgian Malinois to guard the grounds of the White House.
The Malinois has a short mahogany coat with black markings. It has black erect ears and a black muzzle. It has a square build in comparison to the German Shepherd.
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