Some dogs will throw themselves into water with great enthusiasm whereas others would prefer to avoid even stepping in a small puddle. Different breeds have different tendencies towards liking water and some breeds such as Labrador Retrievers and Newfoundlands are well known for their water-loving traits. But what about the Belgian Malinois? Let’s find out whether Belgian Malinoises like water.
Belgian Malinoises are a breed that is well designed for swimming. Although they do not have the webbed feet of some other water-loving breeds, they are an athletic breed and have lots of stamina, making them ideal swimmers. They are intelligent and can learn quickly, so even if swimming is new to them, they can often be taught to swim without too much difficulty.
Belgian Malinoises are an energetic breed and so usually enjoy anything active and that includes swimming. They are a naturally confident breed and so are more likely than some breeds to willingly accept a new experience such as getting wet. Once they discover a love of swimming, many Belgian Malinoises will eagerly bound into water sources such as lakes and pools. Swimming is a great way for them to burn off energy while keeping cool.
Bear in mind though, that just like any breed, all dogs have individual likes and dislikes and some Belgian Malinoises may not be so keen to get those paws wet. This might be because of a previous negative experience with water, or a naturally more anxious personality. Either way, never force your Malinois into water as this will only make them more worried.
If your Belgian Malinois seems unsure about water or is reluctant to swim, there are several things you can do to help.
Swimming has loads of benefits for dogs, just as it does for humans! Here are just a few of them:
There are a few downsides to swimming when it comes to dogs:
As a general rule, most Belgian Malinoises will like water and enjoy swimming if they are given the opportunity. If they don’t, their intelligence means they can usually be easily trained to enjoy water and to swim. Never force your dog into water and if your Belgian Malinois is still reluctant to get their paws wet, even after lots of encouragement, be prepared to accept that swimming is not the sport for them. If, however, you have a Belgian Malinois that loves the water, enjoy watching their swimming sessions and maybe even join them! Even if you don’t get in, be prepared to get wet when they get out and shake all over you!
Belgian Malinoises are a highly intelligent breed that requires a lot of mental stimulation and physical exercise. This means that they shouldn’t be left alone for more than a couple of hours on a regular basis.
Belgian Malinoises were bred with a double coat which acts to insulate them against the cold. They should never be left outside in extreme cold and if they are to sleep outdoors then they should always have somewhere that provides them with shelter and insulation from the elements.
As an approximate rule, most dogs need 25-50ml per kg of body weight over 24 hours. This can vary based on whether it’s a hot day, how much wet food your dog gets, and whether your dog is lactating and feeding puppies. If your dog is regularly drinking more than this, it can be a sign of an underlying health problem and you should take him to the vet.
Belgian Malinoises are instinctively protective of their owners and without proper socialization can become wary of strangers. It is important to teach them to be accepting of strangers whilst they are young. This will also help to prevent any separation anxiety if they need to be away from their owners.