The Belgian Malinois takes its name from Malines, or Mechelen, the city it originated in. The Malinois were kept to be working animals, and have become adapt at livestock and guarding. They are exceptionally intelligent, trainable dogs, and are known to be loving with their families and owners. They also serve as good watchdogs, though they are not aggressive enough to be an actual guard dog. They need lots of exercise, and will only be suitable for the most active homes. They are popular for use in herding, sledding, tracking and obedience competitions.
- This breed's strong tracking skills makes the Malinois a popular choice for the police.
- In German, the Malinois is called Chien de Berger Belge. In English, the Malinois has a nickname, Mal (plural Mals).
- This breed is not known to have any specific health issues.