Malinois Greyhound

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Malinois Greyhound History

The Belgian Malinois, or Malinois, is a breed of herding, guard and sporting dogs that originated in Europe. The Belgian Malinois is descended from the Laekenois and the Belgian cattle drovers’ dogs. The Belgian shepherd, also known as the Groenendael, was originally used in Belgium to keep herd sheep and was known as the Belgian Sheepdog. In 1829, King Leopold II of Belgium decided to modernize his royal kennels, and imported the German Shepherd from Germany. In 1879, the dogs were further developed with the introduction of the English Pointer. In 1891, the 3 different varieties of the shepherd, the Boxer, the Pointer and the Shepherd Dog were combined to form the modern Belgian Shepherd. The Belgian Sheepdog, now known as the Belgian Tervuren, was selectively bred from this foundation stock. The type was modernized by the introduction of more European breeds. The Belgian Malinois was used as a military and police dog during World War II, but was later replaced by the Doberman Pinscher due to its lack of bite power. After the war, the breed was nearly extinct.

Time of Origin


Country of Origin

United States Of America

Malinois Greyhound Physical Characteristics

The Malinois Greyhound is a small, medium-to-large-sized dog breed that typically stands between 15 and 17 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs between 35 and 60 pounds. It has a long, slender build with a narrow head, wide muzzle, and a medium-length, straight tail. Its glossy, short coat can be any color, including white, red, sable, fawn, gray, and black. The Malinois is energetic, agile, and determined. It has a strong-willed, independent temperament.

Eye Colors

Hazel, Brown, Amber

Nose Colors

Black, Brown

Coat Colors

Brindle, Silver, Fawn, Isabella, Cream, Brown, Gray, Black

Height Range

Male Height Range: 26 – 30 inches

Female Height Range: 24 – 28 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 65 – 80 lbs

Female Weight Range: 45 – 75 lbs

Malinois Greyhound Health

Description of breed health.


13-16 yrs

Malinois Greyhound Health Concerns

None Known, Deafness, Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Retinal Dysplasia, Hip Dysplasia, Pannus, Megaesophagus, Hemophilia, Cutaneous Asthenia

Malinois Greyhound Temperament and Behaviour

The Malinois Greyhound is highly intelligent, active and brave. They are curious, alert and protective of their family. They are highly adaptable and trainable, and make great working dogs as well as loving family companions.

Malinois Greyhound Activity Requirements

The Malinois is a medium-sized, short-coated dog that originated in France. They are known around the world for their strong sense of smell and intelligence. A Malinois requires a moderate amount of exercise and they do best with an active family that can provide them with lots of outdoor time. They enjoy long walks, hikes, and playing with other dogs. A Malinois is a good dog for people who live in an apartment or don’t have a big yard. Their small size makes them well-suited for small spaces. A daily walk or trip to the dog park will keep a Malinois happy.

Miles Per Day

9 miles

Activity Per Day

60 minutes

Daily Food

3 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Malinois Greyhound is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Malinois Greyhound is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Malinois Greyhound is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Malinois Greyhound is part of the Unclassified group.

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