Mals are squarely built, proud, and alert herders standing 22 to 26 inches at the shoulder. There’s an honest, no-frills look about them, as befit dogs built to work hard for their feed. Mals are strong and well muscled, but more elegant than bulky. A breed hallmark is a proud carriage of the head. Coat colors range from a rich fawn to mahogany. The black ears and mask accentuate the smart, questioning gaze emanating from eyes the color of dark Belgian chocolate.