Is that a German Shepherd Dog? No Rosie. That is a Belgian Malinois, but at first glance,
there is a resemblance, although the Malinois is leaner and more agile. Oh cool. And, like the German Shepherd Dog, he was
originally bred as a herding dog and has taken quite a few of the same jobs such as police
dog, protection dog and as a family companion. And like the GSD, he is intense, intelligent
and a natural athlete. Whether he’s guarding the White House with
the US Secret Service or as a friendly companion at YOUR house, he remains true to his task. Let’s get to know him. Hi, I’m Leroy and I’m Rosie and this is
Animal Facts. Let’s get started. But, before we start, take a moment to like
and subscribe for more fun, fauna facts. 10. This herding breed from Belgium, who takes
his name from the town of Malines, does not have a well-known history before the late
19th century. He may have been helping shepherds care for
flocks for centuries, but it wasn’t until 1891, in a burst of national pride, that Belgian
herding dogs were divided into types and given names. The short-haired Malinois became quite popular
as a herder, and his abilities were later turned to police and military work. We publish every Monday and Friday, so hit
that notification bell to not miss a single fact. 9. During World War I, Malinois dogs worked as
messengers, pulled small artillery and ambulance carts and helped the battlefield medics of
the Red Cross. By the 1920s, Malinois kennels were popping
up all over Belgium, with dogs being bred and shipped to countries all over Europe,
South America, the United States and Canada. The breed was added to the American Kennel
Club in 1959. 8. The Belgian Malinois is one of four varieties
of Belgian Sheepdogs, which were developed in Belgium in the late 1800s. The four varieties are the Malinois (who is
fawn-mahogany, with a short coat and a black mask), the Tervuren (with a long coat) the
Laekenois (who’s fawn with a rough coat), and the Groenendael (who’s black with a
long coat). The American Kennel Club recognizes all but
the Laekenois as separate breeds in the U.S., while the United Kennel Club recognizes all
four types as one. 7. The breed is bred primarily as a working dog
for personal protection, detection, police work, and search and rescue, however, he can
make a fantastic pet, providing you are the right type of owner. He’s not a dog for the novice dog lover. All breeds of dogs have various bloodlines. But none of the breeds vary quite as differently
in their temperament as the Malinois bloodlines do. There are show and working line dogs, meaning
dogs that have generations bred for work or dogs with generations bred for conformation
show rings. This creates a significant difference in the
looks as well as the temperament of the dogs. Further, Belgian bred dogs are somewhat different
than French or Dutch bred dogs. 6. He is a medium-sized dog. An average male Belgian Malinois weighs 60
to 80 pounds and stands 24 to 26 inches tall at the shoulder. Females are slightly smaller at 40 to 60 pounds,
standing 22 to 24 inches tall. 5. When the Malinois is raised with children,
he can be very accepting. But don’t forget that he is a herding dog
and may have the tendency to chase or nip at children. In his mind he’s just trying to keep the
little critters in line. But, it should not be permitted. He is best suited to a family with older children
who understand how to treat him with respect. 4. The
Belgian Malinois sheds heavily twice a year and sheds little throughout the year. The coat needs to be brushed at least 2-3
times a week with a firm bristle brush to maintain a healthy looking coat. He should be bathed only when absolutely necessary
and must be dried properly after each bath. His eyes and ears need to be cleaned regularly. 3. Malinois have high energy needs and should
be given plenty of opportunities to run, hike and play. He is a good fit for an active owner who is
willing to bring his furry friend to the park or hiking trail. A sedentary owner or one who works long hours
would do best to find a different breed, as a the Malinois. You don’t want a bored or frustrated Malinois
left unattended in your house. 2. These days, military working dogs are elite
warriors and the Malinois leads the pacl. The US. Navy SEAL team Six used a Belgian Malinois
named Cairo in Operation Neptune’s Spear – the raid that took down Osama bin Laden. Cairo helped secure the perimeter of bin Laden’s
compound, sniffing for bombs. Like the rest of the elite force, Cairo was
outfitted with a Kevlar vest with harnesses for rappelling and parachuting, a drainage
system for waterborne assaults and night-vision goggles. But, that’s not the only job the US government
has given the Malinois as we’ll in a second. Hey guys, we’ve been working on our Patreon
page and hope you’ll check it out at patreon.com/animalfacts. 1. Since 1976, to protect the President and the
White House, the US Secret Service exclusively uses the Belgian Malinois breed on its elite
canine force. After an intruder triggers the alarm, canine
teams are trained to be released within four seconds “to act as a missile, launching
into the air to knock the subject down, and biting an arm or leg if need be to subdue
the person until the handler arrives,” according to the Washington Post. “The best way the dogs are used is that
they can chase down anyone,” a military dog handler said of a dog deployed with the
Marines in Iraq in 2005. “A Marine might not be able to catch someone,
but the dogs will.” Want more fun, fauna facts? Go ahead and smash that subscribe button and
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