Husky vs Belgian Malinois

Breed Snapshot

Life Expectancy:
12 to 14 years
Size:

Medium

Maintenance Level:

High

Shed Level:

High

Best For

The Siberian Husky dog is best for confident and experienced pet parents who love adventure and are ready to include their pup in everything they do.

Husky Temperament

Siberian Huskies are friendly, intelligent and strong-willed dogs. They are pack animals who need to be around people and other pups. In fact, many will “talk” to you with unique howls, growls and whimpers—it’s an endearing part of their personality. This friendly nature—even with strangers—means the...

Siberian Huskies are friendly, intelligent and strong-willed dogs. They are pack animals who need to be around people and other pups. In fact, many will “talk” to you with unique howls, growls and whimpers—it’s an endearing part of their personality. This friendly nature—even with strangers—means they don’t make good guard dogs.

These energetic dogs do not enjoy long periods for contemplation—they may contemplate destroying things if left to their own devices for too long. And if left alone in the backyard, they are known to escape, eager to explore the world beyond their borders. So, secure fencing is a must.

Husky dogs are independent, which may make training a bit of a challenge. However, an experienced and confident pup parent will provide the consistent training they need to become a well-behaved member of the family.

Husky Traits

Friendliness
Exercise Needs
Health Issues
Barking Tendencies
Grooming Needs
Shedding Level
Training Needs
Good With Kids
Good With Cats
Good As A Service Dog
Good For Apartments & Small Homes
Biting Tendencies
Energy Level
Good With Other Dogs
Playfulness
Sensitive to Cold Weather
Sensitive to Warm Weather
Good For First Time Pet Parents

Breed Snapshot

Life Expectancy:
14 to 16 years
Size:

Large

Maintenance Level:

Medium

Shed Level:

High

Best For

The Belgian Malinois is best for very active and athletic people with solid dog parenting experience. Older kids who respect this dog's boundaries are a must, as is a roomy home with outdoor space but...

The Belgian Malinois is best for very active and athletic people with solid dog parenting experience. Older kids who respect this dog's boundaries are a must, as is a roomy home with outdoor space but without cats or other dogs.

Belgian Malinois Temperament

The Belgian Malinois’ personality is as spirited as they come, making them a good fit for pet parents who love to be on the go. Ready to toil tirelessly at any task, a Mal dog has a strong work ethic and is quick to respond to their human’s cue...

The Belgian Malinois’ personality is as spirited as they come, making them a good fit for pet parents who love to be on the go. Ready to toil tirelessly at any task, a Mal dog has a strong work ethic and is quick to respond to their human’s cues and commands.

The Belgian Malinois’ intelligence sets them apart, and their competency is a big reason why this herding breed is hardly ever unemployed. Originally, the Malinois served as a watchdog on farms and ranches, though today their career opportunities have expanded into public service. In fact, you almost want to salute these pups as they join search and rescue missions alongside the police and military.

While their possessive nature and a high tendency to bite (they have a powerful bite force) make them great guard dogs, it’s wise to supervise children around this breed. If you’d like to mix a Belgian Malinois with kids and babies in your home, know that compatibility rests heavily on early and consistent training and socialization, as well as a solid understanding of this breed’s disposition. Other animals, strangers and sudden movements could startle this alert, watchful canine. Know too that the Belgian Malinois dog breed has a naturally high prey drive, which means they’ll chase moving objects (think toddlers, cars, cats and other dogs), so a firm hand and lots of obedience lessons are critical.

Raising a Belgian Malinois puppy is indeed rewarding, in part because their intelligence and trainability make them a joy to teach. If you select this breed as your own, you’ll quickly see why their reliability and razor-sharp smarts are prized by so many.

Belgian Malinois Traits

Friendliness
Exercise Needs
Health Issues
Barking Tendencies
Grooming Needs
Shedding Level
Training Needs
Good With Kids
Good With Cats
Good As A Service Dog
Good For Apartments & Small Homes
Biting Tendencies
Energy Level
Good With Other Dogs
Playfulness
Sensitive to Cold Weather
Sensitive to Warm Weather
Good For First Time Pet Parents
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