The Belgian Malinios
The Belgian Malinois is a sturdy dog of square proportion with moderately heavy, but oval, bone.
It is elegant, with very proud head carriage. The overall impression is of power without bulkiness.
The gait is smooth and easy, seemingly effortless rather than hard driving. Such a gait gives the
impression of tirelessness. The Malinois has a tendency to run in a wide circle rather than a
straight line. Its coat is fairly short, straight, and hard, with a dense undercoat. Its expression is
intelligent and questioning.
Intense best describes the Belgian Malinois. This is a high-energy breed with a need for regular
mental and physical stimulation. It is alert, smart and serious, an ideal watchdog and guard dog. It
is aloof with strangers and can be aggressive toward other dogs and animals. Some can be
domineering. When confined, it often runs in sweeping circles in an effort to stay on the move. It is
protective of its home and family.
AKC RANKING 96
FAMILY livestock, herding
AREA OF ORIGIN Belgium
DATE OF ORIGIN 1800s
ORIGINAL FUNCTION stock herding
TODAY'S FUNCTION security, police, contraband detection, assistance, herding trials, shutzhund
AVERAGE SIZE OF MALE Height: 24-26 Weight: 60-65
AVERAGE SIZE OF FEMALE Height: 22-24 Weight: 60-65
OTHER NAME Malinois, chien de berger Belge
The Dutch Shepherd
The breed is an old herding breed of Dutch origin. In the old days shepherds and farmers needed
a versatile dog, a jack-of-all-trades, with few demands and adapted to the harsh and meager
existence of that time.
True to its origins, the Dutch Shepherd Dog has established itself alongside such well-known
breeds as the German Shepherd Dog and the Belgian Shepherd Dog. The Dutch Shepherd Dog
(Hollandse Herdershond for the Dutch) can be found herding sheep, guarding home and hearth, in
rescue work, police work and as drugs detection dogs in international ports and airports.
Very loyal and reliable, always alert, watchful, active, independent, with persistence, intelligence,
prepared to be obedient and gifted with the true shepherding temperament. The Dutch Shepherd
Dog works willingly together with its owner and he deals independently with any task which is
assigned to him. He is neither aggressive nor shy.
He has a strong character and independence passed down from his herding ancestry. In the Dutch
Shepherd we have the combination of a "nice housedog" and "afraid of nothing and nobody",
therefore the owner needs to be a strong and fair leader. While there is a potential for doing police
work, care should be taken that it is not the sole purpose of the dog overshadowing its overall
While there is no perfect dog for everybody, the Dutch Shepherd needs an active life and an
owner willing to make a commitment of proper socialization and training.
K.N.P.V. Stands for: "Koninklijke Nederlandse Politiehond Vereniging:, in English: Royal Dutch Police Dog Association. KNPV I, is
the same as PH I (Police Dog I)
K.N.P.V. was founded in 1907 and has about 10,000 members in the Netherlands. The Board of the K.N.P.V. is seated in
Amersfoort in the province of Utrecht. The Netherlands (Holland) is divided in eleven provinces, K.N.P.V. is also divided in the same
eleven provinces. Each province has its own board and the boards of all the provinces represent all the members of the K.N.P.V. in
the meetings of the Head Board of K.N.P.V.
"KNPV", seen as a suffix on the names of many Dutch dogs, is an abbreviation for "Koninklijke Nederlandse Politiehond
Vereniging" or Royal Dutch Police Dog Association. This organization conducts police dog trials and offers certificates that are
among the most coveted and respected in the world. This test demands a dog of great character, physical strength, agility and
stamina. They are very heavy in protection work, involving distant attacks on a remote adversary who strikes the dog with a stick
before he actually bites and very realistic gun tests. The dog is required to take a man down off a bicycle, the desired procedure
being for the dog to take a leg or to leap high and grab the man's upper arm, so as to avoid entanglement in the wheels. There is a
search for dropped objects (typically 2 or 3 coins )rather than the tracking common in this country. Over all, the KNPV trial
demands very hard, tough dogs.
The KNPV was founded in 1907 and today ( 1996 ) has about 10,000 members in the Netherlands. The KNPV Board of Directors is
seated in Amersfoort in the province of Utrecht. The Netherlands is divided in eleven provinces. KNPV is also divided into these
same provinces. Each province has its own board, and the boards of all the provinces represent all the members of the KNPV in
the meetings of the head board of KNPV.
As of April 1994 there were 509 KNPV clubs in the Netherlands, 140 certified decoys and 64 certified judges. Becoming a KNPV
judge is a very difficult process, with a long series of challenging written and practical examinations. Each trial requires the services
of three judges and two decoys.
In 1993 695 dogs achieved the Police Dog One ( PH-1) certificate, 82 dogs attained PH-II certificate, 117 dogs made
Objectbewakingshoud (Object protection, 21 dogs received a Reddingshound title and four dogs their Speurhond ( tracking ) title. A
dog may repeat an examination, but must first turn in his current certificate. If he fails, he again becomes an uncertified dog.
Repeat certification attempts are unusual, but sometimes a handler feels that his dog is better than the first score and is willing to
take the risk.
The Police Dog One examination has a water exercise where the dog must swim across a canal on command and return on
command. There is also a large object retrieve. Obedience is much less precise but more demanding than other sports. The dog
must heel on and off leash and beside a bicycle. There is a food refusal, an exercise where a dog must remain quiet during gunfire,
and a one meter ( 39 inch ) hedge jump, a 2.25 meter ditch jump and a 1.75 meter wooden wall.
The protection exercises include a guard of object, object search in the woods, a person search in the woods, transport of
prisoners. There is a long attack in which the dog is struck with a long stick before the bite, a call back from a long attack, an
attack against the gun and a long attack to stop a person fleeing on a bicycle.
Every year in the months of May, July and October, the KNPV puts on certification tests. The Head Board of the KNPV and the
board of each province organize these certifications. If there are enough dogs each province can have their own certification in each
of these months. It is normal that you do your certification in your own province. The decoys and the judges are chosen by the Head
Board of the KNPV and they never come to work in the province they live in for a test.
Every year in the month of June the 10 highest scoring dogs form the last three certification tests go to the National Trial for the
"Object Guarding" or Objectbewakingshoud. This trial is normally held in the city of Oostebeek in the eastern part of the country.
Every year on the first Saturday of the month of September, the 10 highest scoring PH-1 dogs are invited to the Nathioal PH-1 trial.
The 10 dogs must have done their certification test in the months of May or July previous to the National Trial.
This means that a dog can only once in his life compete for the most coveted police dog one national championship. For this
reason, many of the best dogs are held back a year or even two to have a shot at every KNPV trainers dream, the national
championship. From this we can see that the KNPV is much less of a sport than say, Schutzhund, where a dog can compete many
times. This also means that a titled dog has value only as a police dog, commercial guard dog or personal protection dog and as a
breeding resource, there is no "used dog market" for trained and titled animals to be taken back into KNPV competition. ( Some
dogs are converted for Schutzhund, but given the age of the dogs and the differences in training and trial procedures they very
seldom become championship level competitors in a new sport.)
Every year on the first Friday in the Month of September, the 12 best PH-II dogs compete in the PH-II Championship. The highest
scoring dog from each of the 11 provinces, plus the National Champion from the previous year are invited. These trials are always in
the city of Den Bosch.
KNPV is most popular, and the competition the most intense, in the southern provinces of the Netherlands, such as Limburg and
|BORES - Belgian
|INCA - Dutch Shepherd
|Breeding Family Home Protection Dogs.
A KNPV Pedigreed Male Malinois BORES and a
KNPV Pedigreed Dutch Shepherd Female INCA.
Bores is a very Civil, Hard, Strong dog with
outstanding working ability.
INCA is a sweet, social easy to handle lady with
perfect working ability.