This article is from the Malinois Breed FAQ, by email@example.com (Nancy Bennett).
Malinois are generally healthy dogs, living an average of 10 to 12
years. They are susceptible to hip dysplasia, however, which is a
crippling inherited disorder, so it is important when getting a puppy
to make sure that both its parents have had their hips checked and
been certified by the OFA (a canine orthopedic organization) as good
or excellent. Breeders will generally tell you that a sire or dam is
"OFA excellent" or "OFA good." If a sire or dam is not OFA
certified, be sure to ask why.