Why hello there, see ya'll on the topic about Malinois
Firstly Mali's ARE indeed smaller then your standard GSD, my female WGSD weighed in at 80-85lbs where as Zoey weighs in at 60lbs. They aren't a tiny breed by any means and no, there's not a miniature version of them. There are breeders out there that breed them smaller but it is still standard, a typical Malinois ranges between 45-75 lbs, of course females being on the lower end of the spectrum. I'll try to get some pictures of my neighbors PB Mali's but his older boy weighed in at 90 lbs!
Wildo, I see you your looking into one? What exactly do you want out of a malinois? Although they aren't the size of a gsd, they make up for it with there insane intensity. These dogs are meant to work, simple as that, and you need to be dedicated!
Example, I jog Zoey every morning before work 1/2 hour and play so intense fetch with her 1/2 hour (10 tennis balls constantly going back and forth, you should see my yard, errrr dirt field now!) When I get home I bump everything up to an hour, now if its pouring out, I'm stuck with a dog with energy that you can't quite manage.
I love Zoey, she's an awesome dog and every Mali I know is the same, they just require more work and up until its time for them to cross the bridge, their brain wants them to go go go go go.
What do you mean by settle?