general breed information
The Belgian Malinois is a medium size dog of exceptional beauty and working ability used for many purposes, including herding, tracking, agility, obedience, and police work. Originally a herding and general farm dog in Belgium in the late 1800’s, the Belgian Malinois is an alert and agile dog. It is distinguished from other Belgian shepherd breeds by its short, straight coat, rich fawn to mahogany color with black overlay and black mask and ears. Several qualities originally established the breed as a herding dog. Its natural alertness and responsiveness allowed it to protect the sheep and the farm making it a natural for herding. These characteristics coupled with high intelligence, high trainability and agility gave the breed a versatility that applied these qualities to other venues. They were soon recruited for work as police dogs and were used as messenger carriers, ambulance dogs and even pulling machine guns during WWI for the Allied Forces. Today, Belgian Malinois excel in many activities particularly law enforcement, border patrol and the military.
Average life span is to be 12 years of age, but individuals living until 16 years is not unheard of.
Champ des Legendes Malinois Kennel
Our kennel name translates to "Land of Legends" from French. We have been thoughtfully crafting our bloodlines from over 3o years of training experience and trial knowledge. Our foundations go back to Cheyenne des Loups Mutin, 3 time French Coupe d'Ring Champion, owned by Mr. Guy Michelle. The great Judex who contributed a quality of recklessness to his progeny's entries on attacks can be found line bred in our pedigrees. Owning a Champ des Legendes working Malinois is truly having and unfair advantage over the competition.
Our dogs are of medium build, we do not breed for color but only for a strong desire to work, to please, and to grab a deep hold of something. Our dogs make connections quickly with excellent problem solving ability, they jump easily and fluidly, they possess pronounced drives at a young age and will excel in any working dog sport.
We breed only one litter per year, we do not begin working our pups until 8 weeks of age. Prefer to allow them to be calm and secure before we begin imprinting them for their careers.