Where Are Belgian Malinois From?
The Belgian Malinois is one of four varieties of Belgian Sheepdog: the Malinois, the Groenendael, the Tervuren, and the Laekenois. They are all very similar in body conformation, with the biggest distinction between them being coat color and type.
The Malinois originated near the town of Malines several centuries ago, though the exact year is unknown. By the late 19th century, the Mal had taken on an active role as a herding dog, which would inspire a long career as police and border control workers later in history.
The United States began importing Mals in 1911, where they remained popular until after WWII. They saw a resurgence in 1963, and by 1965, they had been recognized by the AKC in the working class.
In the 21st Century, Mals are distinguished members of the police, military, and service sectors. Their inexhaustible energy and instinct to protect make them perfect for these duties. Domesticated Malinois enjoy agility, schutzhund, tracking, and obedience training.