40-70 lbs
United States
Belgian Malinois
Dutch Shepherd
The Mali-dutchie is a hybrid breed that combines the Belgian Malinois and the Dutch Shepherd. This breed is a large sized dog that can be categorized in the herding group due to the fact that both parent breeds are herding dogs. While his appearance can vary greatly, even within the same litter, the Mali-dutchie is an attractive blend of both the Malinois and the Dutch Shepherd. With a short, all-weather coat (that comes in a wide variety of colors), the Mali can live in all climate types but tends to prefer cooler weather. He sheds often and requires frequent brushing, but the maintenance level is overall rather low for this breed. With large ears, intelligent eyes, and an athletic build, the Mali is an attractive dog. The important thing to remember when it comes to this breed is that his parents are working, no-nonsense types of dogs. They are used for police companions, search and rescue, herding, and seeing-eye dogs.  Because of this, it can be expected that the Mali-dutchie will not be the type of cuddly companion who is fine with living life in the slow lane. He is typically high energy, extremely intelligent, loyal, and affectionate, making him a great guard dog or a good companion for the right type of family.
Work and Companion Animal
Date of Origin
Belgian Malinois and the Dutch Shepherd

Mali-dutchie Health

Average Size
Male Mali-dutchie size stats
Height: 22-26 inches Weight: 60-80 lbs
Female Mali-dutchie size stats
Height: 21-24 inches Weight: 40-70 lbs
Major Concerns
  • None
Minor Concerns
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Retinal Dysplasia
  • Pannus
  • Hip And Elbow Dysplasia
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Degenerative Myelopathy
  • Cryptorchidism
  • Atopy
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None
Occasional Tests
  • Blood Test
  • Dna For Pra
  • Eye Examinations
  • Thyroid Testing
  • Full Body Physical Examination
  • Hip and Elbow X-rays

Mali-dutchie Breed History

Because the Mali-dutchie is a new hybrid breed that hasn't had much time to develop an origin story, we must look to the backgrounds of his parent breeds; the Belgian Malinois and the Dutch Shepherd. These dogs have had many more years to develop a full history, one that includes the reason for their creation and how they are used today. Such information can give us an idea as to why the Mali-dutchie breed was created and what traits he may possess thanks to the dogs used in his ancestry. Let's first take a look at the Belgian Malinois, a breed that didn't have a very clear purpose before the 19th century. He was created in Belgium and more specifically, as his name suggests, the town of Malines. It is believed that for centuries, this breed was used for herding sheep all over Europe but now a-days the Malinois is most commonly seen at the side of European police officers. His excellent tracking skills and herding abilities were the perfect tools to use in the police force and the breed has made quite a name for itself as an intimidating and impressive asset to any team. In fact, some photos from a police dog trial in 1903 show the dogs scaling 10-foot ladders as if it was nothing! Despite the Malinois' impressive agility and excellent herding skills, the dogs disappeared from the US completely in the year 1939 due to a lack of interest; this is most likely due to the fact that the average American was searching more for a house pet than a police escort. Thankfully, the breed made a come-back after World War II when more were imported over and they took their rightful place in the police force once again. While this isn't the most popular breed for a companion pet, in the right home their loving personalities and high intelligence are truly appreciated. Just like the Malinois, the Dutch Shepherd is a herding dog who is ready to take on the world. Originally from the Netherlands, the Dutch Shepherd was primarily used on farms as a sheep dog, guardian, and cart puller. Such skills made the breed irreplaceable for farmers and kept the Dutch Shepherd in high demand for quite a few generations. Unfortunately, by the 1900s the need for sheep herding had all but disappeared in the Netherlands, therefore making the need for a herding dog obsolete. While this may have seemed like an end to the Dutch Shepherd, the determined breed wasn't ready to go out of style just yet. He was adapted to work for the police force and even as a seeing-eye dog for those who required such services. Because of his high intelligence and ability to learn quickly, the Dutch Shepherd excelled in these jobs just like he did at herding; therefore, although his numbers are still no where near what they used to be, the Dutch Shepherd still thrives today helping people in any way that he can as a working breed. 

Mali-dutchie Breed Appearance

Large and squarely built, the Mali-dutchie is a proud and alert breed. Combining all of the traits from his parent breeds, the male Mali can reach up to 26 inches and as much as 80 pounds full grown, with large ears and dark, intelligent eyes. Because he is a hybrid breed, it is difficult to pin down an exact appearance as it can change greatly even within the same litter. However, despite this the typical appearance consist of a body that is built to work; with an athletic build and strong lines that make him intimidating yet graceful all at the same time. Although this dog is not square and muscular like some other working class breeds, his body is built for speed and makes the Mali extremely agile; perfect for jobs such as search and rescue or herding. His coat is an all weather coat (taking after both parents) that allows him to endure may different variations of weather. Despite this fact, the Mali tends to prefer cooler weather above all else. This is a beautiful breed whose coat can come in a number of different colors, ranging from a light fawn to a rich mahogany swirled with tan, black, or silver. When paired with a long muzzle, strong jaw, and athletic form, there is no doubt that the Mali turns heads wherever he goes.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Mali-dutchie eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Mali-dutchie nose
Coat Color Possibilities
brindle Mali-dutchie coat
silver Mali-dutchie coat
fawn Mali-dutchie coat
brown Mali-dutchie coat
black Mali-dutchie coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Mali-dutchie straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Mali-dutchie Breed Maintenance

The Mali-dutchie a low maintenance breed with brushing only needed to keep the shedding in check. Because he has a short coat, the Mali does not require large amounts of effort to remain well-groomed. Be sure to brush at least three times a week with a de-shedding tool and a regular pin brush, as this dog does shed heavily. Doing so will help to remove loose hair and dirt from the coat, keeping it shiny, while also decreasing the amount of hair that will end up on your floor and furniture. Bathing only needs to occur every other month or so, due to the fact that the Mali does not have a bad doggy odor. Keep in mind that if your dog gets especially dirty, he will need more frequent baths, but otherwise bathing is a minimal requirement! Besides brushing and bathing, the only other important grooming step is to make sure that you trim your dog's nails every few weeks to ensure proper paw health and decrease the amount of scratching that may occur if your dog jumps up onto things or people.
Brushes for Mali-dutchie
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Mali-dutchie requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Mali-dutchie Temperament

The Mali-dutchie is not your normal companion animal. He is designed specifically to work as a guardian and a loyal companion no matter what. Because of the high intelligence he has received from both his parent breeds, the Mali is not going to be content with just a lazy dog type of lifestyle. He needs a lot of physical and mental stimulation and will need a job of some sort to keep him from being destructive and developing unwanted habits. This breed, while high energy and a lot of work, is extremely loyal and very affectionate to his owner. There should never be aggression found in this breed, but due to his highly protective nature, there can be issues with this if proper training and socialization take place. While the Mali is great with other dogs and children, it is important to never leave him unsupervised (especially when younger or improperly socialized) as his herding tendencies can kick in. He is not a barker, but will alert his owner with a series of barks if anything suspicious is happening. Although the Mali may not be your average companion dog, with the right family who is willing to work with him and provide him with the exercise he needs, he can be an excellent companion for the active individual or those who have a disability (as long as he is well trained by a professional for that job).

Mali-dutchie Activity Requirements

Because both the Belgian Malinois and the Dutch Shepherd are very active breeds who were designed to herd and work a farm, the Mali-dutchie is going to need just as much physical and mental stimulation in order to keep him truly happy and well-behaved. Just a little walk around the park isn't going to be enough for this breed! Be prepared to take him for a long walk, fast-paced jog, in-depth training, and then a game of fetch afterwards. It is important to remember that because the Mali has a working background, providing him with some kind of job is going to be essential to keep him happy. Whether that is as simple as carrying around a backpack, pulling a cart, or as big as aiding someone with a disability, the Mali will be happiest with a job to perform. Careful training and socialization with a firm leader is going to be key in ensuring your Mali is a happy and well-behaved dog, whether he is a companion or a working animal.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
18 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
120 minutes

Mali-dutchie Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.50 - $1.90
Monthly Cost
$39.00 - $52.00

Mali-dutchie Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Mali-dutchie size stats at six months
Height: 14.5 inches Weight: 45.0 lbs
Female Mali-dutchie size stats at six months
Height: 13.5 inches Weight: 32.5 lbs
12 Months
Male Mali-dutchie size stats at 12 months
Height: 18.5 inches Weight: 60.0 lbs
Female Mali-dutchie size stats at 12 months
Height: 17.5 inches Weight: 47.5 lbs
18 Months
Male Mali-dutchie size stats at 18 months
Height: 23.5 inches Weight: 75.0 lbs
Female Mali-dutchie size stats at 18 months
Height: 22.0 inches Weight: 65.0 lbs

Mali-dutchie Owner Experiences

8 Months
1 People
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He is a sweet velcro dog. We spend two hours a day exercising and training (minimum). He gets angry if we do not train. Great nose. He takes being apart from me very difficult. He loves other dogs. He can outrun any dog. He loves kids but I won't leave him alone with one. This is definitely a mix for someone that works part-time or uses on the job. Some littermates had to be rehomed due to high energy and kid chasing.
3 weeks, 2 days ago
11 Months
3 People
House & Yard
We just got our boy a few days ago. He is such a sweetheart and has a fantastic temperament. Love him so much.
4 months, 1 week ago
12 Months
4 People
House & Yard
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Our dog is such a loyal sweet girl
4 months, 2 weeks ago
24 Months
3 People
House & Yard
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Unbelievable Family dog, great with our one year old So gentle and aware. Fun, fun, fun! Plays great catch with high energy and athleticism Love this dog
8 months, 2 weeks ago
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