German Malinois Dog Breed

Tan German Malinois
  • Other names:
  • Malinois X
  • Shepinois
  • Belgian German Shepherd

The german malinois is a hybrid dog which is the offspring of a purebred German shepherd and a purebred Belgian malinois. As a hybrid dog the german malinois will inherit characteristics from both parent dog breeds. Not all german malinois will inherit the same traits from each parent breed. Some german malinois will display more characteristics from the german shepherd, others may display more from the belgian malinois, and the rest will display a mix of traits from each parent. Because of this, there is a high possibility that each german malinois can have different physical and behavioral traits from other german malinois' (even if from the same litter).

Even though there can be differences between german malinois dogs, you can expect the breed to share characteristics which are common in both the parent breeds.

German Malinois Breed Details

Breed Specs
Hybrid10-14 yrs.22-26 in.40-90 lbs
  • Friendliness
  • Overall
  • Family Friendly
  • Kid Friendly
  • Pet Friendly
  • Stranger Friendly
  • Maintenance
  • Easy to Groom
  • Energy Level
  • Exercise Needs
  • General Health
  • Shedding Amount
  • Behavior
  • Barks / Howls
  • Easy to Train
  • Guard Dog
  • Playfulness
  • Watch Dog
  • Ownership
  • Apartment Friendly
  • Can Be Alone
  • Good for Busy Owners
  • Good for Novice Owners
  • Intelligence
* The more green the stronger the trait.

Below are the characteristics and traits you can expect the german malinois to have:

German Malinois Breed Description

The german malinois is considered a large breed dog. They will commonly display the physical characteristics of the belgian malinois with the behavioral characteristics of the german shepherd.

The breed is a loyal to their family and eager to learn. They do well in the house and love being outside. German malinois' make excellent watch and guard dogs. As such, they are extremely protective of their home and family. They are very alert and will notify their family of anything suspicious or of any strangers nearby.

The german malinois is very affectionate to their family and enjoy being the center of attention. They have a high amount of energy and will need daily walks and playtime to keep hyperactivity down.

German Malinois Coloring

Both German Shepherds and Belgian Malinois come is a multitude of colors/combinations. Therefore, hybrid German Malinois puppies can have solid or multicolored coats that include any of the following shades:

  • black
  • tan
  • red
  • sable (very dark brown, almost black)
  • fawn
  • white
  • liver (reddish brown)
  • blue
  • silver
  • cream
  • brindle

Also, note that individuals may have spots that are often white, black or tan.

German Malinois Variations

Different generations of German Shepherd and Belgian Malinois crosses, especially the first few generations, vary quite a bit from one individual to the next. If you have particular traits in mind for your pet, you may want to discuss with a breeder about generational differences. F1 puppies are simply crosses between purebred German Shepherds and purebred Belgian Malinois. An F1B is when a breeder mates one of the F1's with either a purebred Shepherd or Malinois (depending upon which traits that want to increase). F2s are created by crossing two F1 German Malinois hybrids. F3's are the product of two F2 dogs and this continues in a similar manner.

The length of the coat is a facet of this breed that many owners have a preference of. There are both long haired and shorter haired German Shepherds, therefore, some pups may have a longer coat than others. If you prefer a long haired Belgian German Shepherd mix, search for a puppy that had a long haired German Shepherd as one of the parents.

German Malinois Photos

Below are pictures of the German Malinois dog breed.

Tan German Malinois
Liver Colored German Malinois

Living Requirements

Overall, this crossbreed is a great addition to any household. These dogs are intelligent, sociable and easily trainable; they will be okay if left alone, and make very good watchdogs.

Like having a German Shepherd or Belgian Malinois for a pet, your Belgian Malinois will, too, be high energy. He/she is best suited for a home with at least a fair-sized yard. Though these dogs will adapt fairly well to apartment life, they will need at least an hour of outdoor activity each day. Regardless of living environment, these dogs will be good indoors, as they're not very destructive and socialize fairly well with other pets.

Allergy sufferers, though, may want to look elsewhere. This crossbreed is not hypoallergenic; a German Malinois will shed moderately--and during shedding season, it will shed profusely.

German Malinois Health

Below are health issues and concerns most common in German Malinoiss

German Malinois Breed Recognition

The following dog breed registries and organizations recognize the German Malinois as a dog breed:

  • American Canine Hybrid Club
  • Designer Breed Registry
  • Designer Dogs Kennel Club
  • Dog Registry of America Inc.