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Belgian Malinois Characteristics
Often mistaken for the German Shepherd, the confident and versatile Belgian Malinois is a top-notch worker who is quick to form a tight bond with the humans in its life. Whether herding or assisting those in the police and armed forces, the Belgian Malinois craves purpose and direction but is also capable of being a loving member of the family.
Standing at a moderate 22-26 inches to the shoulder and weighing anywhere between 40-80 lbs, the Belgian Mal is one of the larger herding dogs. These dogs are commonly found in blue, black, and white coats. Often mistaken for the German Shepherd, the Belgian Malinois is smaller and stands with a slightly different profile. Those who work with the dogs often claim the Belgian Malinois is more responsive than the German Shepherd, which may make them easier for newer dog owners.
Because they're herding dogs, Belgian Malinois are a perfect match for active families or individuals. They have a joyful abundance of energy and a longing for purpose. Their families should be aware that if the Belgian Malinois is kept inside all day with no opportunity to spend their energy, they will often act out and become destructive. However, those who are able to accommodate the breed's active tendencies will find a responsive and loving companion.
The Malinois is a breed developed to protect the herd. They’ll be extremely dedicated, loyal companions. If you want them to be friendly with other dogs, make sure you focus on proper socialization and early obedience training. These dogs are considered to be good with children, but if their herding instincts are not addressed early on, they may have a tendency to nip at the children's heels and attempt to herd them while playing. But when trained properly, they’re loving, affectionate, and protective in the right ways.
How dog-friendly is Washington?
A recent WalletHub study has reviewed the 100 biggest US cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In their study, Washington DC is ranked as the 61st most dog-friendly. The city is one of the best for pet health and wellness, ranking 9th out of all major cities.
A similar study from SmartAsset ranked DC as the 22nd most pet-friendly city in the country. The city’s high concentration of dog parks and pet-related businesses is the biggest reason DC is regarded as one of the most pet-friendly cities.
Dog parks and outdoor activities in the District of Columbia
The District of Columbia has a wide variety of pet-friendly places for you to enjoy the outdoors with your dogs. According to the SmartAsset study mentioned above, there are 2.3 dog parks for every 100,000 residents in DC.
Over a dozen of these are off-leash parks where your dog can play to their heart's content. Some of the best off-leash dog parks in the city are S Street Dog Park, Montrose Park, Shaw Dog Park, Newark Street Dog Park, and The Yards Park.
In DC, you’ll find a number of great hiking trails to explore with your dog. A few great spots to explore include Mount Vernon trail, Rock Creek Park, and Tidal Basin Loop Trail.
Life in the District of Columbia with a dog
DC is a big foodie town, so its’ not surprising that the city has over 380 pet-friendly restaurants for you to grab a bite to eat with your furry friend. Some of the most popular pet-friendly restaurants in the city are Empress Lounge, the Bird, Commissary, and Wunder Garten.
The nation’s capital has many other pet-friendly businesses, including groomers, spas, pet stores, and three dog-friendly shopping centers. Plus, every year, there are a variety of local events celebrating dogs and their owners. One of the most fun events is Pups in the Park, where you and your dog can enjoy a Nationals game at Nationals Park.
If your friends or family are in the capital for a visit, they’ll find plenty of pet-friendly hotels where they can stay with their dogs. Many of these hotels will allow their pets for no extra charge. A few of the most popular dog-friendly hotels in the city are Hotel Hive, Hotel Madera, Your Truly DC, Hotel Harrington, and The Line Hotel DC.
Popular dog breeds in Washington D.C.
DC is home to a diverse mix of dog breeds. The most popular breeds in the city are French Bulldogs, Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, Poodles, and Bulldogs. No matter, which breed you decide to add to your family, your pup will find many of its peers across the city.
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