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Dog trainer warns another dog breed could be added to the UK's banned dog list

Belgian Malinois running across field dog-serious

Trainer believes the Belgian Malinois could become a banned breed

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An expert dog trainer is warning dog lovers against buying a certain dog breed that he believes may soon be added to the UK's list of banned dogs.
 

By Zoë Monk

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Jacob Morgan is the founder of Yorkshire Canine Academy and an expert dog trainer, having trained as many as 2,500 dogs during his career. But there's one breed causing him concern, and it's a dog breed that Jacob owns himself.

Belgian Malinois

The Belgian Malinois is a variety of the Belgian Shepherd, but Jacob says that this breed is not a family pet and can be difficult to own, especially if you are out all day.

Jacob has a 15-week-old Belgian Malinois puppy called Stark, who accompanies him when he's training clients' dogs and is kept entertained by Jacob's staff.

Jacob says these highly intelligent, athletic and energetic dogs need constant stimulation. They have a high prey drive, and without appropriate training and socialisation, they will chase vehicles, small animals and even children. They also have strong guarding and herding instincts and a desire to chase and bite.

Find out more about the Belgian Shepherd breed

Potentially dangerous breed

He says that many of these dogs are bred with a "nervy edge" and require thousands of hours of training to ensure a Belgian Malinois is like a regular dog and safe to be around. According to Jacob, if you have a full-time job, you don't have time for this dog breed. They need regular exercise and stimulation to give them an effective outlet, or they can become anxious and even lash out and given their size, this could be very dangerous.

There are currently four dog breeds banned in the UK under the enactment of the Dangerous Dogs Act of 1991. These breeds are the Fila Brasileiro, Dogo Argentino, Japanese Tosa and the Pit Bull Terrier

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