It is not uncommon for an American to mistake the Belgian Malinois for a “light-boned German Shepherd,” but they are indeed their own distinct breed. Excelling as sheepherders, police, and military dog, the Belgian Malinois is a focused, hard worker, who excels with daily activities and work. Tall, but sleek (up to 26”), and with a low-maintenance coat, this dog won’t cost you a fortune at the groomer or feed store. He is protective and loving toward his family but can be reserved around strangers.
Each AKC approved purebred breed has its own national club. The mission of these “parent breed clubs” is to improve and preserve a particular breed by advancing knowledge about its history, its health and care requirements and by assuring that the breed’s form and function remain true to its historical physical type and character: A Dalmatian, for instance, should be athletic and have a natural affinity for working with horses. A Fox Terrier should have the right body size and shape, and a drive to go after vermin.
Pet owners, breeders, trainers, veterinarians, and others with a special love for a breed, join the parent breed club to meet like-minded enthusiasts and to support the club’s mission.
The national parent breed club is the first place for the public to go to learn about a breed or find a knowledgeable, experienced breeder.