Belgian Malinois Black Dog Photos
Due to its annals as a employed dog (i.e., being propagated for function over form), the Malinois can alter greatly in appearance. The acceptable colors of pure-bred Malinois are a groundwork color fawn to mahogany and tan with a very dark mask and very dark ears with some degree of very dark tilting on the hairs, giving an overlay appearance. The hue tends to be lighter with less black agouti or overlay on the dog's underside, breeching, and inward leg. White markings are furthermore allowed on the tips of the toes and the barrel, as long as the white on the chest does not continue up to the neck.
The other varieties of Belgian Shepherd are differentiated by their coats and colors: the Tervuren is the same color as the Malinois but has long hair, the wire-coated Laekenois is fawn and lacks the very dark mask and ears, and the Groenendael (registered as Belgian Sheepdog by the American Kennel Club) has long hair and is solid black.