Canines of the Belgian Malinois dog breed were bred to be herding dogs originally. They are now used as police and military dogs, guard dogs, and beloved family members. These dogs are intense, clever, and athletic companions in the hands of a seasoned dog owner.
People who are unfamiliar with the Malinois sometimes confuse it with the German Shepherd Dog; however, the two breeds differ significantly in body form and temperament.
However, the owner of a Malinois should never forget that this is a breed that was created to protect and herd. Fear or shyness may cause violent behavior in poorly socialized dogs.