Vilas County Sheriff

330 Court Street
Eagle River, WI 54521
(715) 479-4441
(800) 472-7290

Sheriff Frank Tomlanovich





Commonly asked Questions:


So what exactly is a Malinios?

The Malinios is the short-coated variety of the Belgian Shepherd Dog. They were originally bred in Belgium for herding sheep, and are named after the city in which the breed originated, Malines. They are very intelligent, high-energy dogs, and have been shown in the U.S. as a separate breed since 1959. They are fawn colored with a black mask, with males standing 24 to 26 inches at the shoulder and weighing 60 to 80 pounds. It is generally not a dog for the novice dog owner, for, while it is extremely trainable, it does not do well with poor or insufficient training.

How does a Malinios differ from a German Shepherd Dog (GSD)?

Malinios and Shepherds are significantly different both in body structure and temperament. The Malinios is a somewhat smaller dog with lighter bone. The Malinios stands square, well up on its toes, while the GSD has a long, sloping back and walks flatter on the foot. The Malinios head is more refined and chiseled, with smaller, more triangular ears. The Malinios is a fawn colored dog, with black overlay (the tips of the hair are black), while the GSD is typically tan, with a black saddle. The Malinios is considered to be more alert and faster to respond than the GSD, but also more sensitive, which can make its training more difficult.

How does a Bloodhound find someone?

Bloodhounds have a unique sense of smell. When given a scent they catalog that scent and when given the command they find that scent to its conclusion. The bloodhound works off of the dead skin cells that a person is continually shedding. A bloodhound can find a person by using an article that the person has touch. When trained properly, a bloodhound can scent discriminate, meaning it will only focus on the scent it was commanded to find. Bloodhounds are a large breed canine that has floppy ears, droopy eyes and large amount of skin folds around the face. It is these characteristics that help the bloodhound to track.