The Mali Dutchie: A Complete Guide

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The Mali Dutchie is a hybrid breed of dog that brings together two rather large breeds, the Belgian Malinois and the Dutch Shepherd.

What you then have is a rather impressive-looking dog that may look rather fierce and intimidating when it is more of a gentle giant than you would perhaps have previously expected.

Some individuals may already be aware of the two parent breeds, but then bringing them together in this way does lead to more questions being asked as to how you correctly care for them.

In that case, our complete guide to the Mali Dutchie is going to prove to be rather useful should you be giving some serious consideration to owning this particular breed.

Throughout our guide, we will cover all of the main aspects connected to looking after this breed.

By the end, you will certainly be in a much better position to correct care for the dog to the absolute best of your abilities.

However, before doing that, we will begin by getting you to spend some time thinking about yourself before we go any further.

Mali Dutchie Puppies – Before You Buy…

A dark colored Mali Dutchie
The Mali Dutchie is a large and strong dog.

Before taking ownership of any breed of dog, you need to be completely honest with yourself when it comes to your ability to look after them to the best of your ability.

After all, you do not want to be responsible for giving them sub-standard care.

In the case of this particular breed, there are several things that we want you to think about before we carry on.

The answers that you have to these questions will certainly prove to be rather important in the grand scheme of things.

As you can see, there is nothing complex here as it is simply a case of being sure that you know what you are going to be letting yourself in for when you take ownership of a Mali Dutchie puppy.

After all, you want to know that you can provide them with the type of life that they deserve.

What Price are Mali Dutchie Puppies?

The price of Mali Dutchie puppies does vary quite considerably, and there are different reasons as to why that is the case.

First, you are probably aware of the role that the pedigree of the parents is going to play when it comes to the price.

The better the pedigree, then the better the puppy that you will be getting, and that always comes with a premium added onto its price.

Of course, quite how much it adds on is going to be at the discretion of the breeder.

The problem with the breeders is that they all have their ideas as to what they wish to charge for their puppies.

They know the market rate, but you then have those that have established a better reputation for the breed that then charge that little bit extra.

Finally, the price will always ebb and flow depending on how popular the breed is at that moment in time.

This is something that varies across the country as well, so it makes it impossible to go ahead and give an accurate price that applies to everyone.

So, instead, there is a general price range for the Mali Dutchie for you to be aware of across the United States which moves between $500 to $800.

In the United Kingdom, the breed will cost from around £500 to £900 depending on the different factors mentioned above.

How to Find Reputable Mali Dutchie Breeders?

The idea of buying a Mali Dutchie puppy from a breeder with a strong reputation makes sense, but you then need to know how to find them in the first place.

There are several things that you can do to make life that bit easier, and the first thing has to be just sitting down on your own and being prepared to carry out your research.

This is easy to do thanks to the Internet as you should be able to locate information relevant to your area in a short period.

What you are aiming for are those groups or associations that are linked to the breed.

They will be more than happy to advise you on the breeders to contact, or even other individuals or groups that could be of more use to you.

It can also be worth your while getting in touch with both the Dog Breeder’s Association for your country along with the Kennel Club.

Often, they can have the names of breeders, and if they provide you with the details then there is no need to doubt their advice.

3 Little-Known Facts About Mali Dutchie Puppies

You are still probably unsure about the breed but these three facts may help to start making things that bit clearer for you.

  • They might not be as cuddly as you like.

This breed might not love as many cuddles as you would like to give to it. However, they are still affectionate and loyal to their owners.

  • They prefer cooler weather.

If you live in a warm and humid climate, then they are not the breed for you. This breed does prefer things to be a bit cooler as it is easier for them to deal with it all.

  • They are exceptionally intelligent.

This breed is more intelligent than the average for dogs. They pick up on things very quickly indeed and ultimately they can impress you with their abilities.

Physical Traits of the Mali Dutchie

A Mali Dutchie sitting on a bench next to a bird
The Mali Dutchie is a wonderful guard dog.

As this is a hybrid breed, it does mean that there are physical traits from both sides.

How those traits are distributed can be rather erratic but there are generally many things that are constant across the Mali Dutchie.

This is a large and strong breed that is very athletic looking. However, they are also agile and built for speed at the same time.

They are often dark in color and have large ears along with a moderately long muzzle. Their eyes are brown and their nose black.

For their fur, they will often have more than one color at a time. They can be either black, white, silver, fawn or brindle.

Overall, this is a physically imposing dog, and you can see why it is a good watchdog.

How Big is a Full-Grown Mali Dutchie?

This is a large dog, and there is a slight difference between the sexes as well, which may very well be something that you wish to take into consideration.

In general, the male is going to grow to a height of 22 to 26 inches while the female grows between 20 and 24 inches.

For their weight, then the male is also the heavier of the two at anywhere from 60 to 80lbs while the female is between 40 to 70lbs.

What is the Life Expectancy of the Mali Dutchie?

The life expectancy of the Mali Dutchie is perfectly reasonable for a dog of this size and stature.

Of course, there are different things that you can do to extend their life expectancy slightly, but there is also a certain sense of luck attributed to their ability to avoid picking up various illnesses.

All in all, the average life expectancy is anywhere from 11 to 14 years.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Mali Dutchie

The Mali Dutchie is an extremely intelligent breed of dog, and they also have a fantastic temperament and personality to match with it.

However, they need to be kept active both physically and mentally or they will get bored. This is a dog that is exceptionally loyal to its owners and they will protect them at all costs.

They do need to be a working dog though, and if their work is protecting you, then that is something that they are going to excel at.

Also, they may look aggressive, but that is not the case. Instead, they are quite calm unless they are protecting you.

Overall, your main concern is going to be keeping them entertained and avoid boredom setting in. If you can achieve that, then you have a wonderful dog.

The Mali Dutchie’s Diet

A side view of a the Mali Dutchie dog
The Mali Dutchie has a rather aggressive appearance.

As a Mali Dutchie is a large dog, it stands to reason that their diet is also going to be on the large side.

For this breed, you are looking at 3 cups of food per day, but then it also depends on the quality of the food that you plan on feeding them.

Never give them cheap food as that will not work well with their digestive system. They use ingredients that are more for filling up the product rather than anything else.

Giving them a high-quality dry food is going to be the better option for them because it will be crammed full of the relevant nutrients that they will need to develop a healthy body.

You should also be looking at giving them two meals a day with them evenly spaced apart.

If you want to give them treats, then you are free to do so but there’s a need to do it sporadically.

You certainly do not want your dog to get used to receiving treats at set times as they will eat them and gain weight, especially if you are unable to provide them with all of the exercises that they require.

Also, some people wonder about table food, and that is absolutely fine as long as you are watching what you feed them.

Giving them fish, lean meat, pasta, rice, and some vegetables but you should never allow it to exceed 15% of their daily intake.

How Much Exercise Does a Mali Dutchie Need?

A Mali Dutchie does have a high activity level, and that does translate into them requiring a substantial amount of exercise on a daily basis.

In actual fact, you are looking at somewhere in the region of 120 minutes per day, which is certainly above the average.

Furthermore, you cannot just take this breed for a gentle stroll around the block.

They need to be let loose and will be great to accompany you on a jog, a fast walk, or even an extended game of fetch where they can burn off an even greater amount of energy.

It is also fair to say that this is not a breed that is suitable for living in an apartment. They will get bored and become destructive with their behavior.

Instead, they need to be able to get outside and into a yard whenever they feel that they want to do that.

Mali Dutchie Health and Conditions

The Mali Dutchie is a healthy breed of dog that has very few health concerns for you to stress about.

There are no major health concerns of note, but there are some minor concerns that you need to pay attention to.

Also, when you buy them as a puppy, always seek confirmation from the breeder about the parents.

There should be no problem in providing you with evidence that they have received a clean bill of health as that can have an impact on the potential future of your puppy.

The health conditions that you need to be aware of in this instance are:

  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Retinal Dysplasia
  • Pannus
  • Hip and Elbow Dysplasia
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Degenerative Myelopathy
  • Cryptorchidism
  • Atrophy

The list does sound rather extensive, but they are only minor concerns which mean they are still relatively rare when it comes to the number of times that they occur.

Also, note that they can suffer from allergies and other illnesses during their life that you also need to be aware of.

My Final Thoughts on the Mali DutchieA Mali Dutchie running

So, a Mali Dutchie is a large and strong dog, but it is certainly not one that is to be feared by you.

They will also make a wonderful family dog, but they do require an owner that is strong in their handling and where the dog knows that they are not the leader of the pack.

They will be a wonderful guard dog due to their rather aggressive appearance, but behind that is a heart of gold and one that they will quite happily reveal to their owners.

Overall, they are a great addition to your household and you will have a fantastic time interacting with them on a daily basis.

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