German Malinois

Breed Rating

family friendly:
Dog friendly:
Watch/guard dog:
Affection / Dependance:
Exercise needed:
Space needed:
Tendency to bark:
Grooming Requirements:
Tendency to bark:
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Breed Attributes


Breed group:     Type: Hybrid    Talent: , , ,


Size: Large     Weight: 65-88 pounds     Fur length: Short    Ears: Pointy    Fur type: Straight    Fur Color: Black, Black & Brown, Light Brown / Golden, White / Cream


Life Expectancy: 10-12 years    Rarity: Common    Availability: Hard to find    Climate: Good for every climate.

Breed Details


The German Malinois is a mix between a German Shepherd and a Belgian Malinois purebreds. They are called hybrid dogs because they originate from two different pure breed dogs.

The German Malinois dogs are alert, loyal, intelligent and responsive dogs. They are large in size, standing up to 26 inches and weighing around 88 pounds. They are found in different colours.

This breed of dogs is highly active and loyal to their family and house. They are social and friendly with family members but wary of strangers. This makes them very good watch and guard dogs.

They are very intelligent and can learn easily.


Common colours for this breed are black, blue, black and tan, gray and white or a mix of these colours.


This breed can sport different kinds of coats due to different coat types in Belgian Malinois. They can have a double coat with dense outer coat and soft and dense under coat like a German Shepherd or they may have long or short, soft or coarse coat of the Belgian Malinois.


This breed of dogs is very loyal to their family. They are friendly, playful and affectionate dogs that display gentle and patient behavior towards children. They are considered 'Safe' for families with small children. They like human company and would love to spend time with them. They are very intelligent dogs and would learn fast. They can get along well with other pets and dogs in the family if they are properly socialized. This dog breed is wary of strangers. This quality makes them excellent watch and guard dogs. They are very good family dogs to have.


This breed may need average to high maintenance, depending what coat type they have.


They are highly intelligent dogs and very fast learners. They respond very well to positive reinforcement training sessions and food rewards. They are very easy to train.


These high energy and very active dogs need lots of physical and mental stimulation to keep them from boredom. They would need 2-3 hours of exercise and play time. Lack of physical and mental stimulation can lead to undesirable behaviors such as growling, digging and licking.

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