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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 05-28-2017, 04:37 AM Thread Starter
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Question German Shepherd vs. Belgian Malinois

Hello! I am new to this so I apologize if I am posting this in the wrong place, and if so please redirect me!

However, I recently adopted this beautiful 7 month boy and I was told by the original breeder that he is a German Shepherd pure bred (and it says this on his "birth certificate"). But..... the more I look at him the more I see him as Belgian Malinois. Maybe he is a mix. I just wanted to get some other people's opinions on this, if anyone is an expertise in this category

I have grown up with German Shepherds and none of them compare to the amount of energy this boy has. He is currently 7 months and around 60 pounds.

Do you guys think he may be a mix as well? Thanks in advance!
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post #2 of 25 (permalink) Old 05-28-2017, 11:14 AM
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I see German shepherd. Energy levels vary within the breed.
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I really don't see malinois in there. His head doesn't have the refinement, ears are a bit bigger, rear leg has more angulation and the body doesn't have the proportions of the malinois. His coloring is a bit dilute so his black nose and eyes gives the appearance of a malinois. He looks like a GSD. Many GSDs can be very high energy.

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I really don't see Malinois either. He looks like a cute, gangly, teenage German Shepherd to me. At 7 months he's not filled out and I bet when he is an adult, he'll look ALL German Shepherd.
Do you have him involved in any classes or sports? The best way to deplete some of that energy is by making them use their brain. The more physical exercise you give them, the more conditioned they get and the more they require, etc.
Good luck with him. I bet he's a lot of fun!
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Welcome to the forum! He looks like a young GSD to me.
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All GSD. No Malinois.

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It can be tough to tell sometimes for sure. His facial structure screams GSD. He is by no means pure bred mal that is for sure. I have a GSD/mal mix and he looks like this

He could easily pass for purebred GSD, so sometimes it is hard to tell.
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Hey Baillif would be cool to have a couple comparison photos with Crank and your GSD/Mal mix.

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The most telling differences are in the muzzles usually. There are some purebred malinois out there with very GSD like faces but it is pretty rare. They generally have shorter muzzles with a straighter steeper angle to them. The ears are usually shorter on a mal than a GSD too but that isn't necessarily the case.



Malinois usually have a more square look to them rather than the longer GSD bodies but also not necessarily the case. Straight toplines and not much angulation.
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