Imagine a dog that was not just good, but excellent at: police work, narcotics and bomb detection, military work, search and rescue, protection, Schutzhund, guide for the blind, assistant to the disabled, AND great in the show ring for obedience, conformation, agility, tracking, herding and cart pulling. That dog would be the Belgian Malinois. My lazy French Bulldogs would view the Mailnois as a bit of an over-achiever!
The Belgian Malinois was named after the Belgian city of Malines. The Malinois is one of four varieties of Belgian sheepdogs; the Belgian Malinois, Belgian Tervuren, Belgian Groenendael, and the rarely seen Belgian Laekenois. In the USA within the AKC they are viewed as three different breeds of dog (AKC does not recognize the Laeknois-unfair, I say!). In most countries and breed clubs they are considered the same breed with different coat types.
The Malinois is a very high energy, incredibly intelligent dog. They are NOT a good match for a couch potato owner, and they need a person who will be a strong and fair leader. They must have a lot of exercise every single day, so they could be perfect for those with an active lifestyle.
Correct pronunciation – Belgian MAL-in-wah
In Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, the United States, Canada, Australia and Hong Kong, the Malinois is used as a working dog for personal protection, detection, police work, search and rescue, and sport work. The United States Secret Service and Royal Australian Air Force also employ the Malinois (along with other similar breeds).
The United States Navy SEALs used a Belgian Malinois, Cairo, in Operation Neptune Spear, in which Osama bin Laden was killed.
The dog is also used extensively by Unit Oketz of the Israel Defense Forces. Oketz favors the slighter build of the Malinois over that of the German Shepherd and Rottweiler which were employed formerly. Malinois are the perfect size to be picked up by their handlers, while still being able to attack their enemies, and their shorter coats and fair and neutral colors make them less prone to heatstroke.A Malinois named Posy is the only canine in the Israel Defense Forces ever to receive the Medal of Distinguished Service. According to a member of the Unit Oketz Posy left her handler and burrowed beneath a collapsed six story building and located two Mossad agents that had been trapped beneath the rubble for several days. Though she suffered a badly broken front leg while searching for the bodies Posy remained with the two agents for over twelve hours while earth moving machines cleared the debris.
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