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Differences Between Belgian Malinois and German Shepherds 

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At Scott’s Police K9, we have trained Belgian Malinois’ German Shepherds for sale. One of the most common questions we receive from interested buyers is whether there are distinct differences between these two breeds.  

While they may appear similar at first glance, there are some unique attributes that make them quite different from each other.  

Size 

The Belgian Malinois and German Shepherd do vary in size.  

The German Shepherd typically weighs anywhere between 50 and 90 pounds. The range of height can be from 22 to 26 inches. Females weigh less than 70 pounds and are two inches shorter than males.  

The Malinois can range in size from 60 to 80 pounds. Their height reaches anywhere from 22 to 26 inches. Females are smaller, weighing less than 60 pounds, and are slightly shorter than males.  

As you can see, even though their sizes are similar, German Shepherds are more likely to be 10 pounds heavier. 

Coat 

The coat of these two breeds differs greatly. This means that they have different grooming needs. 

The German Shepherd has medium length fur. He has a double-layer coat with the under layer made of short, thick fur. This helps to keep him warm in colder weather. The top layer of fur is long and water-repellent.  

During the spring and summer, this breed sheds its undercoat because it isn’t needed during the warmer months. Daily brushing with a special comb that traps the undercoat fur can help keep hair from taking over the home.  

The Belgian Malinois has short, thick fur. It also has a double-layered coat with a water repellent outer coat and a short, thick undercoat. 

The amount of shedding is about the same with both breeds, so they should both be brushed daily. The outer coat’s length is the only notable difference (longer for German Shepherds and shorter for Malinois).  

Training 

While both breeds are highly trainable, the way we train them differs.  

The German Shepherd is highly intelligent with stubborn tendencies. Treats are the best way to break through the sometimes hard-headedness of this breed. They are fast learners, though! They love to please and are quite interested in doing mutual activities with their master.  

The Malinois is less stubborn but just as intelligent. When in the earliest stages of training, they can sometimes get sidetracked, so positive reinforcement works well to get them back on track. 

The level of stubbornness is the biggest difference when it comes to training, but just like individuals, each dog has its own personality, talents, and strengths.  

Food 

Food needs also differ between these two breeds. The German Shepherd is a bit larger, so they need more food to sustain daily activities and metabolic functions. They can eat as much as three to four cups of dry kibble per day.  

The Belgian Malinois doesn’t need as much food. Most need about two to three cups a day.  

Cheaper food brands sometimes do not have the same reputation as the higher quality, more expensive brands. Do your research on nutritional content of pet foods before making a choice. You can always ask us which foods we recommend based on our many years of experience with these breeds.  

Learn more about the cost of owning a Malinois here. 

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How the Human Touch Benefits a Dog

Petting a dog is therapeutic. It lowers blood pressure, stress levels, and anxiety. But, does human touch have the same effect on man’s best friend?

The simple answer to this question is yes. Dogs have been shown to receive therapeutic benefits from being petted.

When a human pets a dog, both of them experience a significant increase in their oxytocin levels. This is the same hormone responsible for the bond that forms between mother and baby shortly after birth.

This hormone not only helps humans and pets feel connected to one another, but it also affects their thoughts and behaviors. Dogs that are petted regularly are less likely to exhibit negative behaviors.

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Why Dogs Love Being Petted

Even though there are physiological reasons for dogs wanting to be touched, let’s dig deeper into why they love it so much.

It Feels Good

Just like you may like someone rubbing your back, a dog loves when a human does it. It’s similar to a massage or getting someone to scratch a spot you can’t reach.

Helps with Communication

While dogs and people can’t communicate with each other using back-and-forth words, touch is the next best thing. Researchers have found that dogs may be able to tell how a person feels just by how they are touched. This can help them respond in a comforting way, which is why many people feel as though their dog understands what they are going through without even saying a word.

Petting during training a dog is a great way to bring your pooch’s attention back around to the task at hand, especially after he has done something correctly. A simple pet on the head along with a hand command is all you need to get him ready to learn more.

Provides Health Benefits

Petting provides health benefits to canines, just like it does for humans. These include a reduced heart rate, lowered blood pressure, and decreased stress…all of which can help our furry friends live longer, healthier lives.

Vocal Praise – Is It the Same?

Many people ask if vocal praise is as effective a reward as petting, especially when training. Not surprisingly, vocal praise is good but petting is better.

Researchers have found that dogs prefer people who touch them over people who only use vocal praise for rewarding and showing love. In addition, these studies found that vocal praise doesn’t have as much of an effect unless it’s coupled with another positive interaction, such as giving a treat.

So, while your pooch may like that you’re saying, “Good boy!” he would much rather have you pet him.

The Best Places to Touch

Dogs differ in where they like to be petted. The following are some of the most common favorites:

  • Upper chest
  • Hips and haunches
  • Ears
  • Belly
  • Under the chin
  • Shoulder
  • Back

It’s best to start with the back and shoulder if you are just getting to know your furry friend. As you both become more comfortable with one another, you can move to more vulnerable areas such as the upper chest, face, ears, and belly.

Contact Us About Our Trained Malinois and German Shepherd Guard Dogs

We sell trained guard dogs, such as Belgian Malinois’ and German Shepherds, to become police, military or family protection dogs. If you’re looking for this breed to join you in one of these capacities, feel free to contact us.

We would love to share why Scott’s Police K9 is your elite source for purchasing German Shepherd and Belgian Malinois protection dogs.

 

 

Does the Belgian Malinois Make a Good Family Dog?

One of the most frequently asked questions we receive is if the Belgian Malinois is a good family dog. This is a two-part answer….yes, and it depends.

The Malinois is not your typical family dog. It’s true the breed is intelligent, beautiful, and loving. All of these attributes make them great family dogs. What people also need to know is that they are extremely hard working.

The Malinois thrives on stimulation. This stimulation is ideally achieved through both physical and mental activity. This breed wants to learn and is always eager to please their owners. Don’t be surprised when your Malinois wakes up in the morning ready for a full day of activity.

This temperament may not fit into every family’s lifestyle, especially if everyone is gone for most of the day and evening, leaving their furry friends at home alone. While this may be perfectly fine for some other breeds, the Belgian Malinois wants more from their day.

The best type of owner or family for this breed is one that is ready to play and work with their furry friend. For example, a morning run with some tricks along the way would be a great way to start the day. After a break, the Malinois will likely be ready to tackle the next order of business. This could mean a ride in the car to his owner’s workplace or a trip to a field or dog park for more active work/play time.

By the late afternoon, this pooch will be ready for some affectionate down time with his owner or family. Before settling down for the night, a stroll around the neighborhood would complete the day.

A Fun, Active Family Dog

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So, do Belgian Malinois’ make good family dogs? Absolutely! They are fantastic family dogs for the right family.

If you have an active life and want a dog that is eager to join in, then this breed would be ideal for you. He will be the one to hike, run, and play with you. He will help you get your work done, and then rest by your side. If you’re ever in danger, he will protect you with fearlessness and skill.

For active families, he will happily join whoever wants to spend time with him. He is loyal to not only his owner, but also to his pack. This means children can help keep the Malinois’ busy while also having a best friend and playmate. And, of course, mom and dad will always feel at ease with the protection that this highly trained dog provides.

Adding the Belgian Malinois to Your Family

The best Belgian Malinois for a family is a trained one. Our fully trained Belgian Malinois for sale are ideal for guarding families as well as working with law enforcement. This is why at Scott’s Police K9, our Belgian Malinois training includes teaching the breed how to live with people of all ages and with other family pets.

To learn more about our Belgian Malinois for sale, contact Scott’s Police K9 today.

Top 10 Reasons Why We Train German Shepherds and Belgian Malinois

People ask us all the time if we train other dog breeds for protection services. We know that the Doberman Pinscher, Cane Corso, and Mastiff are all suitably trained guard dogs, but our passion lies in German Shepherd and Belgian Malinois training.

There are many reasons why we prefer these two breeds, but here are the top 10.

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#1: Intelligence

The German Shepherd and Belgian Malinois are highly intelligent. Through our nearly two decades of experience, we believe they are considerably smarter than most other breeds.

#2: Experience

We have the most experience with Belgian Malinois and German Shepherd protection dogs. These breeds are elite because they are most often utilized for police, military, government, and personal protection work. As a result, we started with these breeds many years ago and we still prefer them today.

#3: Trainability

Simply put, our dogs want to learn. They are so eager to be trained that they usually want to continue working long after we’ve called it a day. It is truly a joy to train them.

#4: Best Breeder

After much research and experience, we have identified the best breeders in Europe for our German Shepherds and Belgian Malinois. We only accept puppies and dogs that are full-blooded and have the best genetic makeup.

#5:  Loyalty

These breeds are highly loyal to their owners, and we want to provide that exceptional level of dedication to our clients. While many dog breeds are loyal, there’s something about the German Shepherd and Malinois that takes this quality to the next level. They want to work alongside their owner to offer world-class protection in any situation. They also want to serve as a companion and best friend.

#6: Affectionate

Even though these breeds will guard their owner(s) with necessary aggression, they will also seek and accept affection often. They need to feel loved on a daily basis. We believe these two breeds are so affectionate because they have a truly deep love for their owners.

#7: Kid-Friendly

Kids love the fluffy fur and big stature of these dogs, and they also love being doted on. Families with one of our dogs often talk about how sweet it is to see their children have a best friend to hug, kiss, and play with.

#8: Aggressive Appearance

We love these dogs because they do look fierce. This is important, especially if the dog is working in law enforcement or as a guard dog. Their appearance alone is often enough to keep the “bad guys” away.

#9: Long Life

Most owners can expect at least a decade of fun, protection, and love from these dogs. While we never want to think of our furry friend leaving us, we’re glad to report that these breeds have long lives.

#10: People Love Them

We couldn’t finish this list without mentioning how happy our customers are with the dogs they’ve purchased. We always have customers contact us afterwards letting us know how special their dog is, and how appreciative they are to have found a reputable, experienced trainer.

Belgian Malinois and German Shepherd Trained Guard Dogs for Sale

If you want to buy a fully trained protection dog, contact Scott’s Police K9 for more information. We would be happy to help you see our available dogs for sale, and to find the best one that meets your specific needs.