The Malinois: The History and Development of the Breed in Schutzhund, Detection and Police Work

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Resi Gerritsen and Ruud Haak
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A comprehensive guide to the history and development of the Malinois breed. 

• Specific problems Malinois handlers and trainers may encounter. 
• How the breed developed to become the top choice for police work. 
• Other roles for which the Malinois is perfectly adapted, including tracking, search and rescue, oil and gas detection, and more. 

The Malinois is one of the most effective working dog breeds in the world, prized for their intelligence and high energy level. This breed, which for centuries served as the ultimate sheepdog, has become increasingly popular among police departments and militaries that recognize its unique suitability for detection and police work. 

Beginning with a brief history of Belgian shepherd dogs, Resi Gerritsen and Ruud Haak next explore the emergence of the Malinois as a distinct breed over a century ago and examine the history of the Malinois in police work. They also provide practical tips and information for those who are raising and training a Malinois themselves. 

Dr. Resi Gerritsen and Ruud Haak are internationally recognized experts in training dogs for search and rescue, drug and explosive detection, and IPO Schutzhund. They are currently training directors and international judges for the International Rescue Dog Organisation (IRO) and the Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI).

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    The Malinois: The History & Development...

    Posted by Geoff Stern on 21st Jun 2018

    The latest from the prolific Dutch couple Resi Gerritsen & Ruud Haak -- *The Malinois: History and Development of the Breed in Schutzhund, Detection, and Police Work* -- is quite good. All of their books are good. Interesting how arguments over coat colors and other conformational issues were present even at the inception of the breed. There are some very good, very perceptive comments on temperament & personality and breed traits -- may be very apt for new owners of Belgians. Nice photos too.