Malinois X

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Malinois X History

The Malinois X is a mixed-breed dog originating from the 1960s, and a cross between a German Shepherd and the Belgian Sheepdog. The Malinois originated in Belgium and the neighboring countries. It is closely related to the German Shepherd. The Belgian Shepherds are working dogs and have been used for herding and guarding. The Belgian Shepherd is a medium-sized, short-coated working dog. Its coat is wiry, dense, and short. The male is typically larger than the female. In 1868, the French Army obtained a working collie from the area of Flanders. The collie was crossed with a German Shepherd and the resulting offspring were used as fighting dogs. These dogs are called Chiens Alpins Francais, or Alpine Dogs of France. The Alpine Dogs were considered to be the direct ancestors of the modern-day Belgian Sheepdog. The breeding of sheepdogs and shepherds began in Belgium in the late 1700s. In 1849, a shepherd named Jef Mertens developed a new type of collie. The collie was called the Berger Belge, or Belgian Shepherd. This dog was used primarily for herding sheep. A group of breeders combined the bloodlines and standardized the physical characteristics of this strain of collie. They established the first official standards for this strain and called it the Malines (Malinois). In 1865, the breed was standardized for French military service. In 1868, the franco-belgian troops brought their “alpine” dogs

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Malinois X Physical Characteristics

The Malinois is a medium-large, muscular, short-haired, rough-coated, and athletic herding and guard dog. They are energetic dogs that require a lot of exercise. They stand between 21 and 25 inches tall at the shoulders and weigh between 50 and 80 pounds. They have a thick, double-layered coat that is either fawn, grey, white, red, or black. They have a slightly pointed, wedge-shaped head and a long tail. The eyes are typically darker in color and the ears are erect and point forward.

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Coat Colors

Blue, Brown, Fawn, Black, White

Height Range

Male Height Range: 20 – 26 inches

Female Height Range: 20 – 26 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 65 – 85 lbs

Female Weight Range: 65 – 85 lbs

Malinois X Health

Description of breed health.


10-14 yrs

Malinois X Health Concerns

Bloat, Degenerative Myelopathy, Anesthesia Sensitivity/Allergy, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), Endocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI), Bone And Joint Problems, Allergies, Hip And Elbow Dysplasia

Malinois X Temperament and Behaviour

The Malinois X is a highly intelligent and active breed of dog. They are sometimes known as Belgian Shepherds, which give them some similar characteristics to the Belgian Shepherd, but also have their own unique characteristics. They are extremely protective of their families and are known to be very courageous. They are strong, athletic and agile, and excel at many different types of sports.

Malinois X Activity Requirements

The Malinois is a highly intelligent, energetic, and protective dog that was originally trained for police and military work. The Malinois X is a cross between a Malinois and another breed of dog. The hybrid can inherit any combination of traits from the parent breeds, but the most common is a mix between the loyal and alert temperament of the Malinois and the playful and tolerant personality of the other breed. The Malinois X is an extremely intelligent, high-energy, and driven dog. They need routine exercise and mental stimulation. Without enough of both, they can become bored and destructive. The Malinois X is not a good choice for first-time dog owners. These dogs are strong-willed, dominant, and can be difficult to train. They are best suited to experienced owners who understand how to appropriately assert their authority over the canine.

Miles Per Day

10 miles

Activity Per Day

120 minutes

Daily Food

3 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Malinois X is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Malinois X is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Malinois X is part of the Unclassified group.

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