A healthy Belgian Malinois will do well with a nutritionally balanced, good quality dog food. To avoid overeating and weight gain, it is suggested to follow a feeding schedule rather than free feeding.
Portions should be made appropriate for the dogs age and level of activity. They should be getting the calories and protein they need without overeating.
Be sure there is always clean water available for them to stay properly hydrated.
The coat of the Belgian Malinois is characteristically short and water resistant, so maintenance is fairly simple.
Brushing their coat several times per week will keep their fur free of debris and loose hairs. The Belgian Malinois sheds twice a year so more frequent brushing will be needed during the transitional seasons to keep them clear of loose hair and allow for healthy growth of new hair.
Their ears should be checked once per week for any debris or waxy buildup and wiped with a damp cloth or a dog ear cleaning formula.
Their nails will also need regular trimming, but some dogs will wear their nails down naturally through being active, so how frequently they need to be trimmed will depend on the individual dog and their level of activity.
These are strong, capable and energetic dogs and need plenty of exercise every day to keep them satisfied.
The Belgian Malinois is also a very bright dog who wants nothing more than to have a good time with their families. This makes playing a number of games with them all the more entertaining and rewarding for everybody.
From long walks and jogs to accompanying their owners on hikes and bike rides, these dogs will easily keep up the pace and be grateful for the time spent working out together.
The Belgian Malinois has a very strong prey drive and can be tempted to chase after anything small that moves. This should be addressed early on in training to ensure they won’t go running off when you least expect.
These dogs are incredibly bright and loyal though, so training them is not a difficult task. Patience and positivity go a long way when training them.
They only want to do good by those they bond with, so while a firm hand is sometimes necessary, it is important to always be kind and make sure they can have some fun with training.