they do look similar! My little shep is half GSD/half Belgian Malinois. She isn't really mine either. She's a future service dog and we're puppy-raising her. She is absolutely psychotic, being an accident offspring of two European line drug-detection dogs. But she's also the smartest, sweetest, most obedient dog. She's nothing like my two Akitas, and she drives them insane. I actually can't believe how well they tolerate her.