What breed of dog looks similar to a German shepherd?
The Belgian Malinois (pronounced MAL-in-wah) is a medium-size Belgian shepherd dog that at first glance resembles a German Shepherd Dog. Malinois are shorthaired, fawn-colored dogs with a black mask. They are one of four types of Belgian herding dogs, and have been shown in the U.S. as a separate breed since 1959.
What is a smaller version of a German shepherd?
The Miniature German Shepherd is a cross of a German Shepherd with a Collie or miniature Poodle, also known as Mini Shepherd. It’s a small to medium dog breed at about 15 to 20 inches tall, weighing about 50 pounds. The average lifespan of the Miniature German Shepherd is 9 to 13 years.
How do you tell the difference between a German shepherd and a Belgian Malinois?
German Shepherds have a medium length coat whereas the Belgian Malinois has a shorter thicker coat..The Belgian Malinois is generally considered to have a higher prey drive..Whilst both breeds can suffer from elbow and hip dysplasia, German Shepherds are notorious sufferers.