The Belgian Malinois (pronounced MAL-in-wah) is a diligent, loyal, and highly intelligent dog breed. Large in size with a very streamlined, athletic build, this breed is both strong and agile. The intense and hard-working Belgian Malinois is extremely well-suited to become a working dog, especially in police and military operations. This breed can also make an excellent companion for the right person. Though sometimes mistaken for the German shepherd dog, the Belgian Malinois is a distinct breed. The two have several similarities, but the breeds are not directly related.