The Malinois, a member of the AKC herding group, was originally bred to guard and herd livestock. The breed originated in the late 1800’s in Belgium. The Belgian Malinois is one of four different types of Belgian sheepdogs, including the Tervuren, Laekenois, and Groenendael. Of the breeds listed, the Malinois is the most widely recognized. Today the Malinois is used more as a working breed. These dogs are exceptional at finding explosives, narcotics, and tracking fugitives attempting to avoid apprehension. The Belgian Malinois was used for military purposes as far back as World War I with many soldiers bringing their Malinois dogs home to the States after the war ended. It was following that time that the AKC saw a large increase in registrations of this breed.
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