There are four varieties of Belgian Shepherd - Tervuren, Groenendale, Lakenois and the most popular one - Belgian Malinois. But Malinois is not only shepherd, it is very versatile dog breed, that is great at many things. They are best known for working as police and military dogs, but they also excell at search and rescue work and even in agility.
Belgian Malinois is alert and loyal companion and he is great as a working or even as a family dog and they are good with kids. They were bred as a herding dogs, which means, they still have herding instincts and they are very protective over their family. Because of that, they might be hostile to strangers, so it is crucial to socialize them properly.
Malinois is very active breed and requires a lot of exercise. If you want your dog happy and healthy, you need to give him at least daily long walks. This is not a dog suited for aparment living, he will be happies if he has big yard, where he can vent his energy. If you will not give your dog enough activity, he can become destructive.
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