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Canadian Kennel Club Standards


CKC Standards

Belgian Malinois  general apperance  Belgian Malinois temperment

General Appearance

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.


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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


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