24 – 28 inches
65 – 75 pounds
12 – 15 years
Fawn, mahogany, red, brindle, black, sable
Active families, home with access to large yards, families with children, multi-dog households
Energetic, loyal, intelligent, affectionate, aloof with strangers
The Malinois Greyhound is a beautiful hybrid mix whose parents are the Belgian Malinois and the Greyhound. Both of his parents are relatively uncommon breeds in America, and their mixed breed pup is even rarer.
So, whether you’re about to welcome this unique pooch into your life and you need the full 101. Or you’re simply curious about what you get when you cross the powerful law enforcement Malinois with the fast legs of the Greyhound, you’ve come to the right place.
We’re going to run you through everything you need to know and help you to determine whether you are the right match for the Malinois Greyhound. He’s gorgeous, he’s bright, he’s loyal to a tee, but he can be too much dog for some families.
He needs a lot of exercise, a lot of company, and a lot of mental stimulation to keep him happy. But he can also be an overly protective dog if not trained well. So, he needs a master who understands the needs of protective dogs.
So, let’s jump straight into the details of this delightful designer doggie, the one, and only Malinois Greyhound.
Malinois Greyhound Puppies – Before You Get One…
The Malinois Greyhound is a mixed pup, and so it’s important that you understand what both of his parents are about. You can never be sure how the Malinois Greyhound will turn out, so it’s essential that you would be happy to end up with either breed.
The Belgian Malinois is a solo livestock herder from Europe, who resembles the more famous German Shepherd. But he is a leaner and leggier version, with a different shaped head compared to the German Shepherd. He is increasingly used for his speed and endurance in law enforcement fields. And, without company or adequate exercise, the Belgian Malinois will quickly become unhappy and unruly.
The Greyhound is described as gentle, independent, and noble. He is one of the oldest dogs in the world, and the only dog to be mentioned in the Bible. He was kept as a companion dog, as well as a dog to catch small prey for his master’s lunch. He is a very sensitive dog who does not like to be left in his own company and needs a family who will not leave him alone for too long.
So, combine those traits, and you can expect an energetic dog with hardworking genes. This means that no matter how the Malinois Greyhound turns out, he’s got tons of energy that needs burning. Unless you are an active family that can commit to at least 60 minutes of intense exercise every single day, this is not the dog for you.
He is going to be a very loyal dog who doesn’t like to be left alone for long, if at all. So, unless there is someone at home for most of the day, you should consider another dog breed altogether. Denying this guy of human company will only lead to problematic behavior that will lead to him destroying your furniture at the very least.
Because of his high prey drive, you might want to consider not letting this boy of the leash. If he spots something in the distance, be that a bunny or an escaped fugitive, he’ll be off like a shot. And if he looks anything like the formidable Mal, you might scare the locals. You also need to be alert and ready for squirrels, because if you’re not prepared for the inevitable lunge, he might pull your arm off its socket.
3 Little-Known Facts About Malinois Greyhound
1. The Malinois Greyhound is lightning-bolt fast and super strong.
His Greyhound parent is officially the fastest dog breed on the planet. His Malinois parent has incredible power and tenacity. Combining those traits makes this hybrid hound a force to be reckoned with.
2. The Malinois Greyhound shouldn’t live with rodents.
Given this guy’s strong prey drive, we don’t advise putting this pooch with pet rodents. He might not be interested in them at first, but he could change his mind at any given moment.
3. The Malinois Greyhound is a big softie at heart.
His athletic and robust demeanor would have most believing that this guy doesn’t need attention – he’s hard as nails, right? Well yes, he is a tough canine cookie, but behind closed doors, he is a secret softie who needs all the love and belly rubs in the world.
Temperament & Intelligence of the Malinois Greyhound 🧠
So, you know the 3rd little known fact above? It is this that makes him a fantastic family companion. He loves to settle on the couch with you in the evening, give you his big bug-like eyes and convince you that he’s the only one worthy of your attention.
This guy is very affectionate to everyone in the family. But, just like his Mal parent, he may inherit a soft spot for his main master. Some like this personality trait, in that it makes him more loyal and usually more trainable. But it can mean that when his main master isn’t at home, he can be a bit sulky. If you are a family of many, you might find yourselves fighting over the top dog spot.
With his tough exterior, not many people would give you any trouble with him by your side. And he will almost certainly inherit the protective streak of his Malinois parent. Again, many people like this trait, but many novice dog owners don’t know how to handle it properly. This is why an experienced and firm owner should be the one to adopt him; the meek and mild need not apply.
His high energy means that he is always looking for fun and games with his family. He loves to play fetch, chase the frisbee, join in on hide and seek, and whatever else you can think of. He’s also a high jumper, so if you’ve got a tree and a piece of rope, you can hang something up there for him to swing on.
His intelligence is impressive, and he’ll pick up commands and tricks in no time. This is one of the reasons his Mal parent is chosen as a canine colleague in law enforcement fields, and he’ll likely share this intelligence too. This is great if you want an obedient dog. Not so great if you haven’t got the time to keep his mind stimulated. He needs lots of interactive games and training sessions to be happy.
Thankfully, unlike the Malinois, he has a switch off button in the home. This is thanks to his calmer Greyhound parent. Although he needs a lot of stimulation, he will snuggle and chill in the evening. His Greyhound parent loves a good snooze, and hopefully, he will too.
Are These Dogs Good for Families? 🏡
Yes, the Malinois Greyhound is an excellent addition to most families, just be sure that you are the right family for him. His Greyhound genes will soften his intense Malinois personality, which makes him a more adaptable option for most families.
As long as he is socialized well, he makes a great canine sibling for children too, and he is mostly tolerant of their overexcited hands. If he finds it all too much, he’ll take himself off for some peace in his crate. But just as you wouldn’t with any dog, never leave him unsupervised with kids around.
When it comes to the Malinois Greyhound‘s preferred living conditions, he needs a large home with access to his own yard. Remember we said this boy could jump super high? This means that you need high fencing so that he cannot escape. All we say is good luck to your local squirrels!
This guy does not do well in small apartments, and he will likely get cabin fever stuck between walls all day. Even if you take him out for plenty of exercise, he needs space to breathe.
Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets? 🐶 😽
As long as this guy is socialized well as a pup, he should get on well with all other dogs. In fact, because he hates to be left alone, he would probably prefer the company of another pooch for those times that you cannot be with him.
Remember, before welcoming unknown dogs into a home with an already resident dog, you need to slowly introduce them so that you know their personalities get along. Just like us humans, sometimes dogs just don’t get along.
The Malinois Greyhound will likely inherit the high prey drive of the Greyhound. For this reason, we wouldn’t advise that you invite him into a home with smaller animals or rodents. He might view them as his first initiation challenge.
Things to Know When Owning a Malinois Greyhound:
Here we are going to run you through the Malinois Greyhound’s other needs, so take note soon-to-be Malinois Greyhound moms and dads.
Food & Diet Requirements 🦴
The Malinois Greyhound has a high metabolism, so he will eat between 3 and 3 ½ cups of high-quality kibble every day. Although your budget is always an important consideration when picking food for him, you should always buy the best kibble that you can afford.
Because of his high energy, significant muscle mass, and fast metabolism, you should look for a kibble that provides him with high protein content. The MSD Veterinary Manual recommends that all puppies need a minimum protein content of 22%, and adults need a minimum content of 18%. Anything above this is desirable, especially for a powerful dog like the Malinois Greyhound.
He needs a well-balanced kibble that will provide him with high-quality meat protein, carbohydrates, fiber, omega fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals. Much of this, he will not get from raw food alone.
Many owners like to feed powerful dogs like the Malinois and his mixed puppies with biologically appropriate diets. If you want to feed him this, you need to be sure that it provides him with the extras that he needs, such as omega oils, fruits, and veggies. And if not, you’ll need to give him supplements too.
If you are in any doubt, be sure to speak to your vet about the best diet for him, and they’ll be more than happy to help.
The Malinois Greyhound needs an intense exercise routine that is going to keep both his body and intelligent mind stimulated. A brisk walk around the block is not going to cut it with this guy. He’ll make a great jogging partner, flyball participant, and anything else you think of.
When it comes to his mind, you’ll need to set him some challenges to overcome. A great way to do this is training sessions. Not only will he learn a set of commands quickly, but it will satisfy his need to please you too.
Being a mostly friendly and energetic pooch, a great way to exercise him is to take him down to your local doggy park. This will wear him out and, at the same time, socialize him, reminding him how to be polite with his four-legged friends.
The Malinois Greyhound will benefit from early obedience training. He will excel at it, but its great to start him early so he knows who the boss is. He is an intelligent and protective pooch, so it’s essential to set the boundaries early.
His potential to be overprotective means that is is imperative that you socialize him early. Socialization isn’t just about mixing him with other dogs, it’s the process of exposing him to everyday encounters to increase his confidence.
This includes other animals (minus rodents please), unfamiliar humans, and loud noises. Do this, and he’ll grow into a confident pooch who won’t feel the need to be protective or scared in unfamiliar situations.
Being a very needy boy who craves his human’s company, it is advisable to crate train him. This will give him a safe space that he can call his own, which will lower his anxiety. And it will also provide you with peace of mind when you have to leave him alone in the house for a few hours, knowing that he will not shred your sofa to pieces.
The grooming needs of the Malinois Greyhound is relatively simple compared to many other dogs. He has a double coat that sheds moderately, and it is usually short in length. A brush once or twice a week will be plenty to keep this guy looking healthy and smart.
A bath once every 8 to 12 weeks will be sufficient to keep him clean too. Be sure not to wash him any more than this because you risk upsetting his natural coat oils. It is advisable to use a gentle and natural oatmeal shampoo because these will be gentle on his skin. His Greyhound parent is prone to sensitive skin, so its better to be safe with a mild shampoo.
Health and Conditions ❤️
Being a mixed breed, he could inherit the health concerns of either of his parent’s breeds. For this reason, it’s essential to research the most common conditions below and learn about what symptoms to look for.
Thankfully he is a relatively healthy mixed pooch who enjoys a long lifespan of 12 to 15 years.
Male vs Female
When it comes to the difference between male and female Malinois Greyhounds, the main difference is that the males tend to be larger than the females. Their temperament is influenced more by their training, family environment, and upbringing more so than gender. This is another reason why you should work with a reputable breeder.
The Malinois Greyhound is a rare breed, and you’ll undoubtedly be the talk of the town with this guy on your arm. With his Mal head and Greyhound body, some would say that he is an odd-looking pooch, but we say he is uniquely gorgeous.
He is a well-balanced pooch thanks to the gentle genes of the Greyhound and the intense characteristics of the Malinois. As long as you can give him the exercise, mental stimulation, love, and company that he needs, you’ll find a great companion in the Malinois Greyhound.
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