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Greetings, I am thinking of getting this breed because it suits who I am. Unfortunately I live in an apartment, and a lot of comments I've search gave me the idea that this breed only be bought with somebody who lives in a house with a big backyard to play around. I'm an active individual who goes fishing/hiking/running/biking on my days off from work. Greatly appreciate your help, thanks -------|--- Rudy

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I'm not sure how long ago that you posted this question, but I have an answer to your problem. I have a 8 month old Malinois and we live on 3 un-fenced acres. That means we can't just let her outside on her own. I take my dog out for a long walk most days (4-5 miles) and we run a lot of it. You can also bike ride and let your dog run along side if you don't have that much time for a walk. In the evenings we go to a dog park and throw balls or just play out in front of the house. Exercise is key, and even if you live in an apartment, as long as you keep your dog happy with lots of exercise it should be okay. The only thing I would warn against is don't give your dog too much kennel time. Mine hates being pent up in it, except for at night to go to sleep. During the day she has the run of the house and is very well-behaved (mostly due to exercise and obedience training. But, exercise is key!


I'm not sure how long ago that you posted this question, but I have an answer to your problem. I have a 8 month old Malinois and we live on 3 un-fenced acres. That means we can't just let her outside on her own. I take my dog out for a long walk most days (4-5 miles) and we run a lot of it. You can also bike ride and let your dog run along side if you don't have that much time for a walk. In the evenings we go to a dog park and throw balls or just play out in front of the house. Exercise is key, and even if you live in an apartment, as long as you keep your dog happy with lots of exercise it should be okay. The only thing I would warn against is don't give your dog too much kennel time. Mine hates being pent up in it, except for at night to go to sleep. During the day she has the run of the house and is very well-behaved (mostly due to exercise and obedience training. But, exercise is key!


It really depends on the individual dog. There are always dogs who vary from their "typical" breed characteristics and if a Belgian Malinois is what you have your heart set on I would take some time and try to find one that fits with your lifestyle, it may take a little longer, but it would be worth it. I have owned my "Mal-Pal" for four years and she is very happy in our two bedroom apartment and she is content to lay around all day, she seems quite lazy to be honest, not at all like what most people write about Malinois, but she is also ready to play anytime I am. Good luck on finding the Malinois for you! :)



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