Prey Drive In Belgian Shepherd (Malinois)

7 Feb 2024, 2:57 p.m. by Tracey McLennan


The Malinois (pronounced MAL-in-wah) is one of four closely related Belgian herding dogs. They are still worked as herding dogs but they are an agile, trainable, high energy and high drive breed that has led to them becoming popular in many activities. They are also popular military and police dogs.

Keep Your Malinois Happy

This is a dog who will benefit from having a job to do. These are dogs who have been selectively bred to work closely with people and many will need to have both physical exercise and mental stimulation to keep them happy. While you may get some calmer individuals, on the whole, this is not a breed to choose if you want to stroll through the park, chatting to friends or scrolling through social media on your phone.

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Predatory Motor Sequence statistics for Malinois. The graph shows the percentage of Malinois in my research study that had a strong level of interest in each behaviour.

Bar chart showing the percentage of Malinois intensely interested in each part of the predatory motor sequence

Hunt: 59%

Orient: 53%

Eye: 29%

Stalk: 18%

Chase: 71%

Grab-bite: 59%

Possess: 53%

Kill-bite: 18%

Dissect: 12%

Consume: 12%

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Hi - I'm Tracey.

I am the founder of Best Dog Learning and Stuff and a massive prey drive enthusiast. I've lived with high prey drive dogs for over 20 years and I love them. I run the awesome High Prey Drive Club where I help my members learn to have fabulous walks and happy lives with their high prey drive dogs.

I am a published researcher in my field with both my original research and my review of the literature looking at prey drive in dogs being published in the respected journal Applied Animal Behaviour Science.

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