MALINOIS or BELGIAN SHEPHERD DOG, is a breed of dog, sometimes classified as a variety of the Belgian Shepherd Dog classification, rather than as a separate breed. The MALINOIS, is recognised in the US under the name BELGIAN MALINOIS. It’s name is the French word for MECHLINIAN, which , in Dutch, is either MECHELSE herdershond or MECHELSE SCHEPER (both meaning Shepherd Dog from Mechelen). The breed is used as a working dog for tasks, including, detection of odours such as explosives, accelerants (for arson investigation) and narcotics; tracking of humans for suspect apprehension in police work and search and rescue missions.
Like all Belgian Shepherds, the MALINOIS is a medium-sized and square-proportioned dog, in the sheep-dog family. Well-raised and trained MALINOIS are usually active, intelligent, friendly, protective, alert and hard-working. Many have excessively high PREY DRIVE. They are strong dogs that require consistent obedience training and enjoy being challenged with new tasks. They are known to be very easy to train, due to their high drive for rewards.
It has a heavy snout and a big head and detect Suspect Human Presence and improvised explosive devices with PRECISE CORRECTNESS, and it is intelligent enough to communicate signals through a NOD OF THE HEAD and NOT BY BARKING, which could alert the target.
In India, the NSG (National Security Guard) Commando Unit have inducted MALINOIS breed into its K-9 Unit. US Navy SEALS, used a Belgian MALINOIS war dog, named CAIRO, in Operation Neptune Spear, in which Osama Bin Laden was killed.