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15 Interesting Facts You Didn’t Know About the Belgian Malinois


They are often confused with German Shepherds but they are smaller. Belgian malinoises also have their own unique work ethic and a wide variety of tasks.

#2 They Were Bred to Be Herding Dogs

The Belgian Malinois is actually one of four breeds of Belgian sheepdogs that were all bred for herding and were developed in different parts of the country.

#3 They Have Worked With Police Officers

Today, the Belgian Malinois is one of the top breeds chosen by police departments around the country.

#4 They Served in World War I

The Belgian Malinois started its military career during World War I, when they served as messengers and assistants to the Red Cross.

#5 They Work With Navy SEALS

Mals are incredibly important members of the U.S. military. Most of the dogs that work with the elite Navy SEALS are Mals, including Cairo. SEAL dogs like Cairo are given their own special body armor and even get their own night-vision goggles.

#6 Belgian malinoises are good skydivers.

Malinois are lighter than German Shepherds, so it’s easier for military parachutists to do tandem jumps with their dogs strapped to them.

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