The disposition of Belgian Malinois makes them excellent watchdogs and protectors. The temperament of the breed makes them ideal as service, police, and military dogs.
This dog breed was developed especially to meet the needs of outdoor living. They must be trained to avoid becoming violent and destructive.
Belgian Malinois are herding dogs that share characteristics with German shepherds, such as the need for intensive training and care.
The Malis are clever, tenacious, and diligent. According to the American Belgian Malinois Club (ABMC), malinois get along well with kids and other animals.