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Canadian Kennel Club Standards
Belgian Malinois general apperance Belgian Malinois temperment
The first impression of the Belgian Shepherd Dog should be that of a
well-balanced square dog, elegant in appearance, with an exceedingly
proud carriage of head and neck. He should be a strong, agile, well muscled
animal who is alert and full of life. His whole conformation
should give the impression of depth and solidity without bulkiness. The
dog should be somewhat more impressive and grand than the bitch.
The bitch should have a distinctively feminine look.
Like many European breeds, different coat colours, textures, and
lengths were preferred by the original fanciers. Today, however,
only four distinct coat types are recognized and have become the
distinguishing characteristics of the four varieties of Belgian Shepherd
Dog. The long-haired Groenendael and Tervuren, the short-haired
Malinois, and the rough-haired Laeken variety differ in coat colour,
length and texture but are unmistakably the same breed.
The Belgian Shepherd Dog should reflect the qualities of intelligence,
courage, alertness, and devotion to his master. To his inherent aptitude
as guardian of flocks should be added protectiveness of the person and
property of his master. He should be watchful, attentive, and always in
motion when not under command. In his relationship with humans, he
should be observant and vigilant with strangers but not apprehensive.
He should not show fear or shyness. He should not show viciousness by
unwarranted or unprovoked attack. With those he knows well, he is most
affectionate, friendly, zealous of their attention, and very possessive