I think the "breed test" for malinois should be ringsport or KNPV. I do not think breeders should breed malinois for flyball or agility only. If an owner feels like doing just flyball with their dog, fine. But that should not be the point of a breeding program- for malinois, anyway.
I can say Im one of the lucky ones that has a GSD in a malinois body. My girl will be 2 in March and she's about 58lbs and pretty short; I actually started posting here concerned that I had an abnormally small dog LOL
Next to a Schraderhaus male her same age
Small enough to get on the counter and hang out comfortably.
Her brother is about 80lbs. Weird stuff, genetics. I've seen most mal's about her size (the 55-65lb mark). She's a high drive dog so I always joke that my breeder found a mal that threw bicolors and sent her to me instead of a normal GSD
Nope. I have absolutely no idea. I was kinda hoping this thread may shed some light on that... One of you guys must know!
Both in the 2011 and 2012 NAFA Championships- there were LOTS of these tiny Mals.
About all I know is that one of these tiny Mals would absolutely rock my agility world.
The dog in the video looks more like a mix to me. Something is off. Not sure if that has been lightened up, I didn't read any further before answering that post.
That being said, MaDeuce is much smaller than my GSD females and also lighter. Nala is small, light and compact. Only has 68 pounds. MaDeuce is ten pounds lighter. Mals are not supposed to be as heavy, big boned and large as GSD's.
A small GSD with high drive is not a malinois or abnormal in any way. Well bred working GSD's have just as high drive as malinois, and 55 - 65 lbs is not out of standard for a female GSD.
I was trying to make a light joke of the conversation, no need to pick it apart. I know it's not out of standard, but it is about the same size as a mal, and combined with the intense drive, we joke about it in training.