The Malinois X, a fairly new hybrid mix of the Belgian Malinois and the German Shepherd Dog, combines the breed characteristics of the parent breeds resulting in a canine which is an intelligent, good-natured, level-headed, energetic protector of its beloved human family. There isn’t much information available on this sturdy hybrid itself but plenty exists on the parent breeds who were developed to be working dogs in the 1800’s. Though the place and date of origin of the hybrid is unknown, the parent breeds excelled in working as shepherding dogs in the past and continue to be utilized in police and military areas. Their low maintenance and good-natured temperament make them excellent family dogs as well.
The Malinois X hybrid is a mix of the Belgian Malinois and the German Shepherd Dog and, although there is plenty of information available on the parent breeds, there isn’t much available on the hybrid itself, including the date and place of origin. We must glean information on the hybrid from information on the parent breeds. The Belgian Malinois breed can be traced back to the 1800’s where they were developed in Malines, Belgium -- where the breed got its name. The Belgian Malinois is one of four Belgian shepherding breeds developed in that area and is most likely the most popular of those shepherding breeds. On the surface, it appears to closely resemble the German Shepherd Dog with which it was bred to get the Malinois X hybrid. Though the Belgian Malinois parent breed was developed for shepherding tasks, it also excels in a variety of police and military tasks, search and rescue, service dogs, guard dogs, obedience competition, agility, conformation, sledding, herding, Schutzhund, therapy and tracking. This parent breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1993. The German Shepherd Dog originated in Germany in the 1800’s and was developed for a variety of shepherding activities, hunting and guarding. His shepherding skills included moving along the outside edge of the flock and urging the stray sheep back into the fold not by the aggressive barking, heel-nipping and chasing that we commonly see depicted on the TV screen but by silent, steady and stealthy movements which do not cause panic in the flock. In the beginning, there were three distinct coat varieties of German Shepherd Dog: smooth haired, long haired and wirehaired, but over time, the wirehaired disappeared. The longhaired variety is still appears occasionally but these are not accepted in the American show ring. The German Shepherd Dogs of today are preferred to have medium-length, smooth coats. Being among the most trainable of all dog breeds, the German Shepherd Dog is still being used in herding tasks as well as police and military work, narcotics detection and search and rescue, their traits being described as: stable, courageous, protective, bravery, loyalty and keen-scenting skills. They are highly valued as guide dogs for the disabled since they are intelligent and watchful and use good judgement. All of these traits go together to create a breed that is perfect for uses of therapy dogs, guardians of homes, show dogs and faithful companionship. The German Shepherd Dog is recognized by the American Kennel Club. The Malinois X hybrid itself is recognized by the following organizations: American Canine Hybrid Club, Designer Breed Registry, Designer Dogs Kennel Club and Dog Registry of America.