Is a Belgian Malinois a Good Family Dog?
Do Belgian Malinois Make Good Pets?
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Belgian Malinois has become very popular dog breed during last years because of the different movies and especially after the President Donald Trump Tweet last week. Is a Belgian Malinois a Good Family Dog? Do Belgian Malinois Make Good Pets? Are the most often received questions.
And the answer is – Absolutely NO! Belgian Malinois is not a pet and should never be taken as a pet!
Belgian Malinois is not suitable as a family dog and as a pet. Many people who have taken Belgian Malinois because of it’s popularity end up with problems. Drastically has risen the Belgian Malinois numbers in shelters and rescues. Mainly are the owners who come with their Belgian Malinois and say that they are not able to handle the dog because of it’s energy level and need to work.
Belgian Malinois is a real service dog that is suitable only for a person that has earlier working or sporting experience with working dog breeds. It is usually law enforcement or high level dog sportsmen that are taking Belgian Malinois as their next dog to get on to the next level of power.
In not experienced people hands might Belgian Malinois become dangerous not only to the public but also to the owners because of their uncontrollable energy and power.
Maybe one of the worst examples is the situation I heard a week ago when a Belgian Malinois bit owners finger off when playing. Getting bitten when playing with it’s Belgian Malinois is frequent in Malinois owners. I know also a person that lost it’s teeth while playing with it’s dog. These are the most drastic examples why Belgian Malinois should not be given to an unexperienced owner.
Belgian Malinois need experienced owner who knows how to train and handle high drive powerful working dogs. Belgian Malinois needs real work or sport at least 4 days per week and simple walking or ball playing routines are not enough for a Belgian Malinois. Without work and proper training Belgian Malinois becomes destructive and dangerous.
In conclusion, Do NOT take a Belgian Malinois unless you have previous experience from high level working line dog trainings, are high level dog sportsman with a different breed or are working in law enforcement.