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Old 12-13-2013, 02:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Smile Do I have a GSD or Belgian Mal? You be the judge!

Hello everyone,

I recently adopted a dog. He is wonderful and we love him. This is nothing more than curiosity. He is not going anywhere no matter what he is !!!

When we first got him, we thought that he was a GSD (we adopted him from a GSD rescue). When we took him to our vet, he said that he was almost 100% sure that he is a Belgian Mal and not a GSD.

I walk him frequently and take him a lot of places with us on the weekends and I've had a number of military and police officers tell me he is a Mal. I recently had a person from another GSD rescue tell me that he is a GSD and not a Mal.

So just trying to figure out what this beautiful boy is. Either way, he's a keeper! ;-)

Thanks!

He seems to look a lot like the mals in these links:
DogTastic! - Belgian Malinois

Training Belgian Shepherd Dogs - The Sensible Way


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Old 12-13-2013, 03:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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GSD, not a mal. Don't even see any mal in him
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GSD for sure. I don't think he looks anything like the Malinois you linked. The face of your pup is pure GSD.

Though it does take experience to see those differences. To the untrained eye, they can look similar.
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Looking nothing but GSD to me
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Old 12-13-2013, 03:19 PM   #6 (permalink)
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You have a sable GSD...without a doubt...no Mal
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Old 12-13-2013, 03:23 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Great to know. A few people had me convinced he was a Mal. Again, not that it mattered because he is quite simply awesome no matter what he is

From my uneducated point of view:

His build does look more Mal like to me in that his hips are not low like a lot of GSD's I see. He is very slender and extremely agile and fast. His build is more slight than many GSD's I've seen too, so that's why I thought that he might be a Mal (in addition to a couple of people telling me that he was).
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Whomever said that dog is a Malinois is either blowing smoke, or smoking something funny. He doesn't look anything like a Mal, he looks like a working line GSD, which do not typically have "low hips", and are well known for being fast and agile.
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Yeah, I got that huge smile on my face when I looked at your boy's pics, and I only smile like that when I see a GSD
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