Thinking about purchasing a Brussels Griffon? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Brussels Griffon breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Brussels Griffon owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Brussels Griffon and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Brussels Griffon Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Brussels Griffon and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Brussels Griffon Breed Profile
The Brussels Griffon who is also known as the Griffon Bruxellois, is a toy dog who is intelligent, alert, and has a terrier like disposition. Brussels Griffons attracts attention by their almost humanlike, quizzical expressions. The Brussels Griffon is not an overpopulated dog, and therefore a fine choice for a family pet. There are two types of coat, rough or smooth, and in Europe these distinctions are considered separate breeds. The rough coated breed is called the Brussels Griffon, and the smooth coated breed the Petit Brabonçon. Brussels Griffons owe much of their existence to the Pug, which played a large part in creating the breed. Other terriers, like the Yorkshire and Irish Terriers, also contributed to the Griffon. Brussels Griffons, originating in Belgium, are very short, small dogs. They have small round heads, and short, pointy, drop ears. Some have their ears cropped to a very short point, as is the fashion in Europe. The rough coated Brussels often grow a rather bushy beard that is usually black. Their eyes are dark and small, and they have the likeness of an Ewok. They are round, fuzzy little dogs who are full of personality. They present full confidence and can be challenging to train. The Brussels Griffon is divided into three distinct categories: smooth coated, rough coated reds, and roughs of other colors. The smooth coats are called Petit Brabonçons; the rough reds are called Brussels Griffons, and the roughs of other colors are called Belgian Griffons. Some prefer not to be around children or strangers. However, they are not usually aggressive with people.
Other Names: Griffon Belge, Griffon Bruxellois, Belgian Griffon, Petit Brabonçon, Piccolo Branbantino
Type: Companion Dog
All variations are 7 - 10 inches.
Colors: Red, Belgian
Griffon: Black, black and tan, or red, black and grizzle. Brussels Griffon:
Completely and clearly red. Petit Brabonçon: Red, red
and black, red, black, and grizzle, black and tan, or just black. The Petit
Brabonçon can be any of the Griffon colors, while the
other two varieties are separated by the red color.
Griffons are lively, obedient, and love to be around their owner. They do not
do well by themselves in a backyard, and need to be near their owner much of
the time. They enjoy and need association with people from an early age, and
do not tend to be aggressive. They are an intelligent, cheerful dog, and they
have the disposition of a terrier. They are alert and sometimes too confident.
They can be difficult to train, and some do not get along well with children.
They are mostly a one-person dog.
Watch-dog: High. They are
reserved with strangers, and are very alert.
Brussels Griffon Care and Training:
A Brussels Griffon smooth coat needs brushing two to three times a week. The
rough coat needs to be hand stripped by a professional groomer. Brussels Griffons
can obtain their exercise indoors, but will enjoy daily walks. Training should
start early and needs to be consistent and precise. Although they are stubborn
they are sensitive to being rushed or to overbearing training techniques.
Activity: High. They are
energetic little dogs.
Brussels Griffon Health Issues: Brussels Griffons have difficulty in becoming pregnant and delivering newborns. Only 60 percent of the puppies survive. Other health concerns include brachycephalic syndrome, cleft palate, eye problems, and respiratory problems.
Life Span: 12 - 15 years.
Brussels live well into their teen years.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
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