Malinois X

65-85 lbs
Belgian Malinois
German Shepherd
German Malinois, Shepinois

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.

Companion, protection, hunting, drug detection, explosive detection
Date of Origin
Belgian Malinois, German Shepherd

Malinois X Health

Average Size
Male Malinois X size stats
Height: 20-26 inches Weight: 65-85 lbs
Female Malinois X size stats
Height: 20-26 inches Weight: 65-85 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Bloat
  • Degenerative Myelopathy
  • Anesthesia Sensitivity/Allergy
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
  • Endocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI)
Minor Concerns
  • Bone And Joint Problems
  • Allergies
  • Hip And Elbow Dysplasia
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Cataracts
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Dental Examination
  • Ear Examination
  • X-ray imaging
  • Eye Examinations
  • Blood Analysis
  • Complete Blood Count
  • Internal Imaging (x-ray, CT scan, MRI, etc.)
  • Blood And Urine Analysis

Malinois X Breed History

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.

Malinois X Breed Appearance

The Malinois X hybrid is a mix of the Belgian Malinois and the German Shepherd Dog, but there is  little information available about it and, as such, the Malinois X hybrid can take on the physical and appearance characteristics of either or both breed parents. Your hybrid, as described by owners and breeders, will likely weigh between 65 and 85 pounds and stand 20 to 26 inches tall., have a flat skull that is proportionate with the rest of the body;  a muzzle that is on the longer side with a black nose and deep set almond shaped eyes and ears that are set high and carried erect.  The sturdy, athletic body is a bit more compact than the German Shepherd side of the bio mix and is covered with a coat that is coarse, harsh and rough, double layer and short to long but is not hypoallergenic.  The colors that the Malinois X hybrid comes in are: fawn, black, brown, blue, white and tan.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Malinois X eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Malinois X nose
Coat Color Possibilities
fawn Malinois X coat
black Malinois X coat
brown Malinois X coat
blue Malinois X coat
white Malinois X coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Malinois X straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Malinois X Breed Maintenance

The Malinois X is not a hypoallergenic canine, as is the case with both parent breeds.  The hybrid will have a coat which will likely be varying length which will need to be brushed thoroughly two to three times weekly during most months and, since both parent breeds contribute significant shedding to the bio mix, daily during the normal shedding periods.  Brushing your hybrid with a firm bristled brush will not only remove the loose hair but will also keep the coat shiny and healthy looking.  Bathing need only be done when your hybrid is really dirty so as not to remove too much of the essential oils. The smell level and drooling level are low with this hybrid.  Toenail trimming will be necessary as needed unless your hybrid keeps them ground down in its daily activities and exercise periods.  Your hybrid's ears should be checked and cleaned, with attention given to the parts you can see without insertion of anything into the ear canal.  The teeth should be brushed at least three times a week, though daily would be even better if possible.  Keeping up with dental exams, eye exams and routine physical exams with your veterinary professional will also be needed to keep your hybrid family member healthy and fit.
Brushes for Malinois X
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Malinois X requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Malinois X Temperament

The Malinois X hybrid canine, being the result of breeding a Belgian Malinois with a German Shepherd Dog, is a great family dog!  This hardy, fun-loving, devoted and hard working dog will fit into your lifestyle as long as you are firmly in control.  While the hybrid appears to get its levelheadedness from the German Shepherd Dog, your hybrid will also be energetic, loyal, protective and demanding when it comes to being the center of an active household, not allowing you to ignore her.  She is quite intelligent and trains easily as she is also quite eager to please.  She will try to be the dominant one when being trained, so you'll have to be firm and encouraging with her to show her who is really in charge. If early socialization is done with her, your hybrid will get along great with children and other animals.  She will be protective of the children and other human family members, though she could become a bit territorial with pets and other dogs, causing her to chase them as prey.  Raising her with other dogs and pets will help to modify this trait.  Be firm with your children and teach them not to pull on her ears and tail or hurt her.  She's a great watchdog and will alert you of the presence of strangers, inside the house or out.

Malinois X Activity Requirements

Your Malinois X hybrid is an active canine, getting this high energy level from both of the parent breeds, the Belgian Malinois and the German Shepherd Dog.  Your hybrid is a very active breed of canine and will require lots of not only physical exercise but mental challenge as well.  This hybrid is better suited to a house with a fenced yard to enable her to get more of the exercise she needs but she'll also love to walk or jog with you anytime, day or night!  Your hybrid will be her happiest with a couple of long walks and brisk playtime coupled with mental challenge.  Games of Frisbee, fetch, earth dog training and obedience training are some of the activities which will help to spend some of the physical energy and provide mental stimulation to avoid the annoying behaviors that can develop from boredom.  Expect to walk her 1 to 2 hours per day in addition to the playtime in the backyard.  This hybrid is able to adapt to urban or rural settings and, though not the best fit, can be adapted to condo or apartment living, provided the owner is willing to commit to adequate exercise opportunities outside the home to keep her fit and healthy.  Because of the double coat inherited from both parent breeds, your hybrid is better suited to colder climates than hotter ones.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
10 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
120 minutes

Malinois X Food Consumption

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

Malinois X Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Malinois X size stats at six months
Height: 18 inches Weight: 56 lbs
Female Malinois X size stats at six months
Height: 18 inches Weight: 56 lbs
12 Months
Male Malinois X size stats at 12 months
Height: 23 inches Weight: 75 lbs
Female Malinois X size stats at 12 months
Height: 23 inches Weight: 75 lbs
18 Months
Male Malinois X size stats at 18 months
Height: 23 inches Weight: 75 lbs
Female Malinois X size stats at 18 months
Height: 23 inches Weight: 75 lbs

Malinois X Owner Experiences

17 Weeks
2 People
House & Yard
Quick learner, likes being with me
1 month, 4 weeks ago
Liberty Lou
9 Months
4 People
House & Yard
She is so loving. Extremely smart, in ways we never could've imagined a dog could be. She is very persistent but is easily corrected. We are amazed at what she has learned in such a short amount of time. She is the ❤ of our family!
3 months ago
12 Weeks
2 People
Bike ride
Hiking, bking, swimming, walking, ball, frisbee
He is alert and extremely intelligent
5 months, 1 week ago
11 Months
2 People
Playing fetch, training him. He is SO smart!! He
This is my 1st Malinois X, he was a rescued puppy. That being said, he already weighs 85 lbs & vet says he has another year of growing to do!! It's so fun playing w him & training him. He learns things SO quickly
6 months, 2 weeks ago
7 Months
4 People
House & Yard
lovely dog, needs strong confident owners, having said that, our lovely boy is our very first dog, we having some problems,due to our lack of experience, but he is on training once a week, and he learns quick. main trouble walking on leash on the streets, or being off leash at the park, as he will go to anything or anyone! wanting cuddles/attention and scaring the hell out of everyone who don't know him.
8 months, 3 weeks ago
Book me a walkiee?
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