This is a small, stocky, terrier style toy dog, with an athletic build and a rough coat. The jaw is undershot but without teeth and tongue showing. The muzzle turns upwards and sports a mustache and full beard.
The History Of The Brussels Griffon
The Brussels Griffon is also known as the Griffon Belge, Griffon Bruxellois and the Griff. They originated in Belgium during the 1800's.
It is believed that the Brussels Griffon is a cross between Affenpinschers and other toy dogs, probably Pugs and Toy Spaniels. It started life working as a ratter in stables and on farms. Nowadays it is primarily a companion and watchdog.
There are three varieties of the breed. In Europe they are shown separately but in the US as a single breed. The smooth coated variety is known as the Petit Brabancon, the red, rough coat variety is called the Brussels Griffon while the black or black and tan variety is called the Belgian Griffon. The Griffon traveled from its native land to England in the 1880's.
Description Of The Brussels Griffon
The ears are cropped to a point in the US and carried erect. The tail is docked and held erect.
The breed averages 7 - 8 inches tall and weighs and 6 - 12 pounds.
Coat & Grooming
The harsh, wiry coat is double and the undercoat is short and soft. Rusty red, black and tan, or solid black are the only allowed colors. Hand stripping required.
Temperament and Brussels Griffon Training
The Griffon is an intelligent dog with a disposition similar to a terrier. They make a fine companion dog. They are sensitive, quite demanding and loves to be spoiled. It must be raised in the house with the family. The Griffon is good with other dogs and even with cats. They are prone to overeating and may be difficult to housebreak. They make fine watchdogs and can be taught to perform tricks. Griffons love to bark.
Life Expectancy and Health
The average life span for a Brussels Griffon is around 12-15 years.
They are difficult to breed. Dams often require Cesarean section for whelping. Some are prone to slipped stifle, eyes and respiratory problems.
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Preferred Environment and Exercise Requirements
Griffons thrive in an apartment and will be fine without a yard.
They are very active indoors and little exercise is needed on the owner's part.
For More Information on the Brussels Griffon
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Griffon in a dog's name depicts a wiry, or rough coat. Both smooth and rough coated varieties may be found within the same litter. Not really suitable for children. Easily become overexcited.
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