The Movie MAX PSA - Should I own a Belgian Malinois?

Warner Brothers is releasing a new movie titled "Max".  The movie is about a MWD (Military Working Dog) who is adopted by the handler's family after he passes away.  

Belgian Malinois is not what this movie depicts.

Unfortunately, after OBL was killed by Seal Team 6, news broke that a Malinois was involved in the operation.  This caused a lot of interest in the breed, which led to many families purchasing a dog.  Since then, the number of "Malinois Rescues" has skyrocketed, as families were not prepared for the type of dog they purchased.

The Malinois Breed is one of the most difficult breeds to raise in a home.

These dogs require more attention than infants.  If they are not stimulated or have a job they can perform daily (multiple times) they will become destructive and

PHOTO PROVIDED BY METROPOLITIAN CRIME COMMISSION NOPD K-9 vehicle where police dog Primo tore up inside of vehicle while trying to escape before dying of heat exhaustion.
PHOTO PROVIDED BY METROPOLITIAN CRIME COMMISSION NOPD K-9 vehicle where police dog Primo tore up inside of vehicle while trying to escape before dying of heat exhaustion.
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develop behavior issues.  They naturally have an incredible high "prey drive" which is their desire to subdue anything moving quickly without much thought.  (think kids..)

Any responsible breeder will not sell a Malinois as a family dog.  If the breeder attempts to sell you a dog as a "great family dog" -- We can guarantee you that you're not speaking to a credible breeder.

It's all about how you raise them....

False.  Partially.  However, the genetics are so pronounced in this breed that you will find that your cute new 8 week old Malinois will show it's teeth and engage you if you were to do something such as discipline them for something.  They are strong dogs with strong personalities, requiring a strong handler / owner.

Due to the public interest in the breed in the past few years - there are more Malinois in rescue facilities now than every before.  Please do not add to this list, we ask that you really do your research and make the right decision for the dog.

This PSA sums it up best: