The Malinois is a medium-to-large breed of dog, sometimes classified as a variety of the Belgian Shepherd dog rather than as a separate breed. The name “Malinois” is derived from Malines, the French name for the breed’s Flemish city of origin, Mechelen.
Although they are good-size dogs, they are very people-oriented and want to be included in family activities. Malinois are constant shedders. They shed heavily twice a year.