10 Most Interesting Belgian Malinois Facts You Didn’t Know

Belgian Malinois have been working with the New York City police force since as early as 1908, known for their agility and focus.

1. Long History with Police

Tracking data suggests that Belgian Malinois is the most active dog breed in America, with some individuals staying active for over five and a half hours per day.

2. Most Active Breed

Originally bred for herding, the Malinois was skilled at herding sheep and protecting them from predators.

3. Herding Origins

The breed is named after the Belgian city of Malines, where dedicated breeders began promoting these dogs in the late 19th century.

4. Named After a City

Belgian Malinois were used to combat tiger poachers in India, where they were trained to sniff out illegal tiger body parts.

5. Combatting Tiger Poachers

Many Malinois end up being rehomed because owners underestimate their energy and exercise needs.

6. Rehoming Challenges

Belgian Malinois have become popular in pop culture, appearing in movies like John Wick and owned by celebrities like Halle Berry.

7. Pop Culture Appearances

In 2016, New York recognized working dogs as their official state dogs, specifically mentioning the Belgian Malinois for its service.

8. Official State Dog

Belgian Malinois served in both World War I and World War II, initially as messenger dogs and later as guard dogs.

9. Service in World Wars

A Belgian Malinois named Cairo played a crucial role in the mission to take down Osama bin Laden.

10. Role in Taking Down Osama Bin Laden