When buying a Belgian Malinois puppy, it is important to ask the right questions to ensure that you are getting a healthy and well-bred dog. Here are some questions you should ask:

  1. What is the health history of the puppy’s parents? It is important to know if the parents have any genetic health issues that could be passed on to their offspring. The American Belgian Malinois Club recommends that breeders test their dogs for hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, and eye problems ⁷.
  2. What is the temperament of the puppy’s parents? Belgian Malinois are known for their high energy and drive, so it is important to make sure that the puppy’s parents have a stable temperament and are not overly aggressive or fearful ⁵.
  3. What kind of socialization has the puppy received? Socialization is crucial for puppies to develop into well-adjusted adult dogs. Ask the breeder what kind of socialization the puppy has received and if they have been exposed to different people, animals, and environments ⁵.
  4. What kind of training has the puppy received? Belgian Malinois are intelligent dogs that require consistent training and mental stimulation. Ask the breeder what kind of training the puppy has received and if they have started any basic obedience training ⁵.
  5. What is included in the purchase price? Make sure you know exactly what you are paying for when you buy a Belgian Malinois puppy. Some breeders may include things like vaccinations, microchipping, or a health guarantee in the purchase price, while others may charge extra for these services ⁸.

By asking these questions, you can ensure that you are getting a healthy and well-bred Belgian Malinois puppy that will be a great companion for years to come.

For more information on Belgian Malinois breeders and rescues in your area, check out the American Belgian Malinois Club website ¹.

(1) Is the Belgian Malinois a Good Fit for You? – American Kennel Club. https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/dog-breeds/getting-right-belgian-malinois-good-fit/.
(2) ABMC – American Belgian Malinois Club. https://www.malinoisclub.com/abmc/.
(3) American Belgian Malinois Club – ENTIRE US – – 4182 – AKC VetNet. https://www.apps.akc.org/apps/club_search/index_master.cfm?action=refresh_index&club_id=4182.
(6) Belgian Malinois Health Statement – American Kennel Club. http://cdn.akc.org/Marketplace/Health-Statement/Belgian-Malinois.pdf.
(7) Breeders & Rescue – ABMC – Malinois Club. https://www.malinoisclub.com/abmc/abmc-breeder-information/.