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Brussels Griffon: Personality, Health, Grooming
Also known as: Griffon
Belge, Griffon Bruxellois, Belgian Griffon
About Brussels Griffon
Country of Origin, History of the breed
The Brussels Griffon breed
originated in Belgium. Once kept by cab drivers
(coachmen) of 17th-century Brussels to rid
their stables of vermin (rats), the Brussels
Griffon became a companion breed by virtue
of its appealing character.
The Smooth-coated Petit
Brabancon probably owes its existence to the
introduction of pug blood. It is reasonably
well documented that the Pug and the King
Charles and the Ruby Spaniels were crossed
with the original Belgian dog. From these
crossings, two distinct types of coat emerge,
the harsh-coated, bewhiskered rough, and the
Some of the colorings also are
attributed to these crosses: rich red, black and
tan, and solid black. The Brussels Griffon was imported
to England and America during the 1880s.
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A General Appearance of
The Brussels Griffon is a sturdy,
compact little dog of squarish proportions. His
thickset body is agile and sporty and serves to
offset his most pronounced feature, a large domed
head. The expressive nature of this breed’s
face is his most noted characteristic.
The breed is sometimes known as
the “Monkey Faced” dog due to its unique,
almost human pout. His eyes are prominent and set
well apart with long lashes and dark edges. His
nose is usually very black and short. It is set
back towards the eyes and up-tipped. The ears are
small and set high on the head and can be cropped
which will give them a pointed look or left natural
giving them a soft fold forward. The jaw is undershot,
and along with a natural beard, gives him a human-like
There are four basic coat colors:
1) Red: reddish brown with a little
black at the whiskers and chin;
2) Belge: black and reddish brown mixed, usually
with black mask and whiskers;
3) Black and Tan: black with uniform reddish brown
markings, appearing under the chin, on the legs,
above each eye, around the edges of the ears and
around the vent;
4) Black: solid black.
The Brussels Griffon coat comes
in two types, rough or smooth. The coat, whether
rough or smooth, should be brushed and trimmed to
maintain a neat appearance while the wired type
should never appear unkempt or over-groomed.
Rough: The rough coat
tends to be dense with a ‘wiry’ texture
but neither woolly nor silky. It can be 1-2”
in length on the body and slightly longer around
the eyes, cheeks and chin, forming a fringe around
Smooth: The smooth coat
has short, straight hair that is glossy in appearance.
and Females: 7-8 “
Weight: 6 –
12 Lbs; ideally 8 – 10 lbs
Temperament of the Dog
The Brussels Griffon is a very-intelligent
lively and entertaining breed. Their terrier like
disposition can make them high strung and demanding,
but a willingness to please will help to temper
these characteristics. They are thought of as even-tempered
and congenial with a loyal nature. Their need for
companionship and attention can make them a great
pet for singles as well as families. This breed
loves to be spoiled.
The Brussels Griffon can be self-conscious
around strangers and appear withdrawn but early
socialization will help to avoid this.
Patience is required with the
Brussels Griffon, as this breed is sometimes difficult
to housebreak. Puppies are known to relieve themselves
quickly and quietly around the home. As a result,
the Brussels Griffon needs to receive consistent
crate training early. The crate serves not only
as a safe place for your pet but also helps in avoiding
mischievous behavior when your Brussels Griffon
The Griffon is good with other
dogs and even with cats. The breed can be vocal,
making them a fine watchdog but early training should
teach the difference between alerting you to strangers
and just wanting to be noticed.
Better suited to an indoor
or outdoor lifestyle?
Griffons are good dogs for apartment
life and will do okay without a yard, but they will
require much indoor play in addition to regular
daily walks. They can be very social on lead and
should be allowed to express this on a regular basis.
Are they suited to homes
Breeders of the Brussels Griffon
recommend placement in a families with older children
who are considerate of the small dog’s stature
and are not teasing in nature.
to take care of the Puppy?
Puppies of this breed need
to be consistently supervised as they can
easily become lost or harmed within an indoor
or outdoor environment. An early trip to the
veterinarian for a general checkup is recommended,
especially if the Brussels Griffon pup was
purchased from a private party.
Litter Size: 1-3
Life Span: 8-10
Patience is required with the Brussels
Griffon, as this breed is difficult to housebreak.
Puppies are known to relieve themselves quickly
and quietly around the home. As a result, the Brussels
Griffon needs to receive consistent crate training.
The actual training should be easy for the pup to
comprehend, and the activities need to be consistent
and precise. The Brussels Griffon learns quickly,
but its ability to obey commands tends to be below
average. Training also needs to be firm to prevent
the Brussels Griffon from becoming demanding or
manipulative towards the trainer.
The activity level of the Brussels
Griffon is high, and these dogs need to have outdoor
exercise on a regular basis. This breed enjoys walking
and has highly developed climbing skills. Care should
be taken to closely supervise any climbing activity;
the Brussels Griffon may fall and sustain severe
injuries if it falls from several feet off the ground.
How Much Exercise Does
the Dog Need at every stage of its Life?
Puppies of the Brussels Griffon
are very active and need lots of toy play to keep
them both physically and mentally exercised. Early
training will serve to enlighten and occupy your
pet. Without proper outlets for energy, this breed
can become mischievous and destructive. Giving your
Brussels Griffon the right direction in the beginning
will not only allow entertainment for you and your
family but give him an enjoyable start.
Adult Brussels Griffon are still
quite active but need less toy play and are happy
with walks or time spent in the yard.
The Brussels Griffon needs to be
brushed two to three times a week.
This breed’s rough coat
requires hand stripping by a professional groomer
and the financial considerations of this service
should be taken into account when choosing this
coat type. The dog’s facial hair should be
combed frequently to remove debris and food remnants.
Owners can use a grooming mitt to remove dead hair
from the dog’s body.
The smooth coated types of the
breed are easily maintained and usually can be done
at home by their owners.
Bathing for either type of coat
should only be when necessary. The Brussels Griffon’s
nails need to be clipped once or twice a month.
This breed sheds little to no
hair and is quite clean and odor free.
Due to its small size, the Brussels
Griffon must receive consistent supervision. In
addition, an owner must be aware of the dog’s
environment, both inside and outside of the home.
A large breed of dog can easily kill a Brussels
Griffon by vigorously shaking the small dog. The
Brussels Griffon breed should always remain in the
house or in a secured yard.
The Brussels Griffon can develop
trachea problems which can result in pulmonary hypertension
and congestive heart failure. Another problem with
this breed is potential facial anatomy abnormalities.
The dog may have a soft palate which results in
breathing difficulty. Also, narrowing of the nostrils
may develop. A physical exam can detect these problems,
and they can be corrected with surgery. Proper breeding
will help to reduce the degree of any of these problems.
Breeding the Dog and any
The Brussels Griffon has difficulty
becoming pregnant and will also have difficulty
delivering its puppies. A Caesarian Section is often
required in this breed.
Unfortunately, approximately only
60 percent of the puppies in a litter will survive.
Consultation with your breeder
is most important if you are considering this breed,
especially if you want to do breeding.
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National Breed Clubs
British – Griffon Bruxellois
Club – www.griffonclub1897.co.uk/index.html
US – American Brussels Griffon Association
The Brussels Griffon was recognized
by the American Kennel Club and The Kennel Club
in the United Kingdom in 1910.
Belgian Griffon CKC, FCI, NKC,
Petit Brabancon CKC, FCI, NKC, APRI
Brussels Griffon CKC, FCI, AKC, UKC, KCGB, CKC,
ANKC, NKC, APRI, ACR
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