The Malinois

Working vs Show

THE MALINOIS, also known as, Belgian Malinois, Mechelse herder.

The Dutch shepherd/ Herder is also woth mentioning, although a different breed, it very often gets mistaken for the malinois

Malinois are shades of red, Dutch are Brindle.

When mating together, as often happens, they can produce mixed litters, the brindle pups will be classed as a Dutch, the fawns/reds will be Malinois

 

Many people are not aware there are 2 different types of Malinois.

Officially and by breed standard there is no such thing but in reality there is very often a big difference in them.

This does appear to be more common in the UK.

 

 The SHOW type as it is known is bred to a breed standard set down by the kennel clubs where the breed originated, in the case of the BSD, Société Royale Saint-Hubert in Belgium.

They are not just bred to be pretty, they should retain the character and temperament laid down in the standard and are very capable of doing a days work, many show bred malinois have excelled in agility and obedience.

They very often are easier to manage than the working lines as their prey drive is not encouraged, and most puppies will either go for the easier side of working, i.e Agility/obedience/show or just to active family homes

However some temperaments within the show scene do need to be improved and breeders here are working hard to try and improve them.

 

The working Malinois are very often bred purely on their ability to do "bite work" such as NVBK and IPO ring sport,  police, military work and security/protection.

Many of the working type are very high prey drive dogs and are not suitable as pets alone, they need to be worked or will become very uncontrollable and destructive.

Because they are bred for working, finer points of the standard can be overlooked.

 

They very often look different to the show bred type, one feature that springs up a lot is they have large ears, that goes against the standard which reqiures a small ear.

very often they will be crossed with the Dutch Herder or German shepherd.

Colour difference is also very often seen.

The standard for the Malinois reads, all shades of red, fawn, grey with black overlay with a black mask.

 

Brindle/black/blue,black & tan are not standard and in the UK would/should not be allowed for registration.

 

 

European breeders do tend to breed for both the standard and working ability, especially in their country of origin.

There you can see some outstanding dogs that  both win in the show ring and are top class working dogs, in fact in many European countries, to become a full champion of either sport or showing, it is a requirement to gain qualifactions in both fields.

 

Very often there is much heated debate between show people and working people on what is the right or wrong way they should be bred.

However in reality if everyone bred to the breed standard, both for looks and temperament then these disagreements would cease to exist.

 

Personally i have seen very good examples of working dogs and would not hesitate to use them in a breeding programme, however i have also seen so called malinois that are so far removed from the standard that they could be classed as a different breed altogether, there are a lot of breeders out there that really don't know what a malinios is, especially in the uk.

 

Don't think that because a dog is registered with the UK Kennel club (KC reg) that this guarantees the parentage,

unfortunately in this country it is very easy to register dogs with the Kennel club who relie solely on breeders honesty,

no proof is needed as to who the parents are.

As long as  someone has 2 sets of papers they can then register a litter,

so technically you could mate 2 jack russels  and register the pups as Malinois.

This would not happen, "right", take a look at some of the dogs in this country being advertised as pure bred, KC reg Malinois and you will see what i mean.

 

You don't get Black & Tans, Blues,powder blues, Blacks, Silvers, yellows or pinks,

if its not Red/fawn or Grey with a black mask then chances are it has other breeds mixed into the background

 

Before the breed standard was formed, many years ago, blacks and brindles were found in Malinois,  so it is possible genetically for these colours to come through but it would be a very, very rare occurance

 

I am not saying that these dogs will not turn out great  but if they are so far re moved from the breed standard then they are no longer that breed.

 

Another thing worth mentioning, and its surprising how few people know, is that a dog is the the only animal capable of having a "mixed litter" which means a bitch can be mated to 2 seperate males and have puppies from both males in the same litter.

 

Example. Malinois bitch is mated to a full Malinois male, in the same season a GSD also mates the Malinois Bitch, resulting litter could consist of half  the pups being full Malinois, the other half could be Malinois cross GSD.

 

 

so please do your research well on what type of Malinois you require, most good breeders, whether working or show will grill any prospective owners extremley hard,and tell you about the bad points as well as the good, if they don't then i would walk away and find another one.

 

Below are examples of the difference very often seen between working dogs/show type/ Dutch Herders/crossbreeds and dogs that do both.

 

Working Malinois

Working Malinois

Longer in the back than would be found in the show dog

blue Malinois puppy

blue Malinois puppy

blue

blue

undesirable colour. Not recognized in UK

CH BELSHAROSE NEBRASKA

CH BELSHAROSE NEBRASKA

The most successful Malinois and breed record holder in the UK in the show ring

ch Belsharose Nebraska

ch Belsharose Nebraska

The same dog at play

Dutch Shepherd

Dutch Shepherd

ch Belsharose Tropical Storm

ch Belsharose Tropical Storm

Top show dog Malinois in UK 2014.

Black & Tan

Black & Tan

This is a Black/tan Malinois. Colour is not acceptable in the UK and would be ineligible for registration

Black Malinois

Black Malinois

Although this colour has its fans across the world, it can not be registered as a pure bred Malinois

Dutch Shepherd/ Herder

Dutch Shepherd/ Herder

Very often mistaken by novices as being a Malinois. Malinois do not come in Brindle

Working Malinois

Working Malinois

Note how broad the chest is

Young Dutch shepherd

Young Dutch shepherd

Crossbreed

Crossbreed

Crossbreed

Crossbreed

ch Belsharose Tropical Storm

ch Belsharose Tropical Storm

Showing in the group at B'ham champion show

CrossBreed

CrossBreed

Cross Malinois

Cross Malinois

probably with German Shepherd

Dutch Shepherd

Dutch Shepherd

Very much like the Malinois apart from colour

Dutch Shepherd

Dutch Shepherd

Darker shade of Brindle

Ch Belsharose Nebraska

Ch Belsharose Nebraska

Showing in the group ring at Crufts

ch Belsharose Nebraska

ch Belsharose Nebraska

Again at play

Working Dutch shepherd

Working Dutch shepherd

Note the muscle definition, a very fit looking dog

Crossbreed

Crossbreed

Working Malinois pup

Working Malinois pup

Cute but Huge Ears

CrossBreed

CrossBreed

Dutch Shepherd

Dutch Shepherd

Stunning example

malinos-working-dog

malinos-working-dog

This pup was being advertised as a Kennel club registered working Malinois in the UK, for £700. This not a Malinois

Working Malinois

Working Malinois

Dutch shepherd

Dutch shepherd

Another nice specimin

Black Malinois

Black Malinois

Colour not acceptable for registration

Dutch shepherd

Dutch shepherd

In action

Working Black Malinois

Working Black Malinois

Very powerful Dog. Again broad chest

Dutch Shepherd

Dutch Shepherd

Head shot

Dutch shepherd

Dutch shepherd

Working Malinois

Working Malinois

Note, head shape is different to show type

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Being advertised as a working Malinois in UK

Working Malinois

Working Malinois

Having play time