Hello all, I know there have been a few Malinois threads in the past, but I'd love to have a single, easy to find thread specifically for this great breed. For those not familiar with the Malinois (also refered to as the "maligator", or simply "Mal". Pronounced "malinwah"), it is one of four subtypes of the Belgian Shepherd breed. The four subtypes consist of the Malinois, Groenendael (aka "Belgian Sheepdog"), Tervuren, and Laekenois. All of them are slightly smaller than the German Shepherd Dog, with males averaging about 70 lbs and females about 60. All four can be excellent working dogs, and the Malinois in specific has become extremely popular as a military and law enforcement patrol K9, with numbers equalling the ubiquitous German Shepherd in this role.
On to the pictures. I'm a law enforcement K9 handler, and this first picture is of Ari, my partner for the past two years. Ari is a cross breed from the Czech Republic, half Malinois and half GSD. He is currently recovering from ACL surgery, and stuck at home while i'm working. Ari and I are a narcotics detection team and dual-certified in patrol as well. He has a number of felony street apprehensions under his belt.
Ari on vacation at Bonneville, UT...
Next up is Thor, a Malinois from Holland. We owned Thor for a year and a half, after he was retired from two different law enforcement agencies in California. Thor was a proven street patrol K9, who had too gentle a soul for police work, and is no longer with us. RIP Thor.