Confusion between sports working dogs and protection dogs??

The definition of a sports working dog versus a protection dog is an area that always sparks controversy. The following reflects our view and is by no means definitive. It is also not intended to be a complete summary of working dog sports, but is intended to give a brief view of the sports working dog as opposed to a police or protection dog.

What is a Malinois? How did the breed come about?

In the illustrated weekly journal in Belgium entitled 'Chasse et Pêche' of 15 December 1889, the following passage appeared: 

"We only know of two shepherd dog breeds being classified: the Collie and the Old English Sheepdog without tail. In Belgium we know shepherd dogs and gooseherds with all types of coat. No club or commission has ever described them."

History of the Dutch Shepherd

The origins of the breed that is known today as the Dutch Shepherd Dog can be found in its suitability for shepherding work.

Dogs from Working Breeds and Working Dogs are not always the same thing

There is often confusion in understanding the difference between actual working dogs, and dogs from working breeds.

What is the difference between a German Shepherd and a Belgian Malinois ?

There is much debate on which dog makes a better pet or sports dog, the German Shepherd or the Belgian Malinois. The Malinois is known to have far fewer hip problems than the German Shepherd and an average working life of 2 to 3 years longer than a German Shepherd.

For many years we owned and trained German Shepherds. We later switched to Belgian Malinois and Dutch Shepherds. A great many of the in service military dogs around the world have been switched from German Shepherds to Belgian Malinois. Show line breeding of German Shepherds has played a part in this with a common complaint being it is difficult to find a really good German Shepherd. The article below gives our view of the contrast between the two breeds.