They are a cross between a German shepherd and a Belgian Malinois, they are classed as a “Designer dog”, Malinois X, Mix or German Malinois. We chose the Shepinois name for it's simplicity. But they are truly the best of both breeds. They typically have the physical characteristics of the Malinois, they tend to be flat coated with a fawn or mahogany coloring with a a dark overlay. The weight for a female is typically 45-65 pounds and a male is 65-85pds. They have the extreme good health and orthopedics of the malinois as well. They have the athleticism of the Malinois, but not the extreme drive. They are good natured and have the general disposition of a German shepherd. They do not seem to inherit the “sharpness” of the malinois in that they don’t seem to be as naturally suspicious of strangers and don’t react as quickly as a malinois would. They tend to be a little more level headed like the German shepherd. They are not as overly active as the malinois and they are much easier to live with as a house pet. They make for an excellent family dog and companion, but also a great protection dog or competition dog. They are a loyal and devoted companion. They are good with children; they do well with other animals. They are very affectionate and love to be the center of attention. They thrive in a family environment and are very protective of their home and family. They love to travel and be a part of any activity that involves their family. They are very quick to pick up anything and tend to train at the level of a malinois. They are more like the malinois in their training ability and pick up any type of training very quickly. They also have the tenacity of the malinois and can work for long periods of time without becoming winded.
Exercise is important in your Shepinois’ life. They need daily exercise not only to stay healthy, but to burn off energy. The Shepinois needs exercise daily, not just once a week. They don’t have the extreme drive of the malinois, but still require Play-time inside and outside and going for walks regularly will be beneficial in helping your Shepinois live a long, healthy life. The Shepinois is quick to alert you of any strangers or visitors making them excellent, loyal Protection dog.
We feel that the overall genetics behind both breeds in very important to making sure this cross turns out the best of both breeds, although the malinois breed does not tend to have hip and elbow problems, we still do the hip and elbow certification on all of our dogs and by doing so we hope to continue to produce the best quality of both breeds as well as this new cross. At Camelot Shepherds we believe in orthopedic soundness, solid nerve and overall temperament. We want your family companion to live a long and healthy life and to bring you many years of love and dedication.
Here are some pictures of the previous Shepinois puppies: