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Old 01-08-2013, 10:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Flyball Malinois- miniature?

What's up with the Malinois that you see around flyball tournaments? Why are they so small? Are they miniature or something?

Here's an example: Drastic
Here's another: Rockit FMCh | Awesome Racing Flyball Fanatics

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I have seen Rockit and he is not miniature, he is perfectly normal looking.
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It was hard to tell from the pictures. Regardless- it seems most Mals in flyball are quite small- perhaps as short as 18-20" at the withers.
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He looks like a normal sized malinois to me. This is Loki, who is on our team:



He doesn't look that different on the box than Rockit, but Loki is about halfway between Halo and Keefer in size. I'd guess him at at least 70 pounds, maybe even a little more.
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18 to 20" would be normal size.
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Uh oh, time to start researching bloodlines on an entirely different breed!
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18 to 20" would be normal size.
According to who? I've not see a reference yet that states that a Mal should only be 18-20" tall. I'm seeing 22-26" -similar to the GSD.
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This is what I'm talking about. Here's some footage I required at the 2011 NAFA Championships in Indy. That small Mal is no bigger than the whippet in front of it!

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Willy, do you know if that's a purebred Mal? There are a lot of sport mixes in flyball.
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They all more or less look pretty normal to me too. Out of the 5 female mals I know only one is the same size as a female GSD, the rest are pretty small like 40ish pounds or so (one is only 35 pounds.) They are all from different lines too, some from IPO lines and some from ring sport lines. I have honestly never met a "showline" malinois, maybe they tend to be taller than the working lines?


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