Dog Profiles - Description of Brussels Griffon

Brussels Griffon

Description: 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. He attracts attention by his almost humanlike, quizzical expressions. There are two types of coat, rough or smooth, both making a fine companion.

Height: 7-8 inches

Weight: 6-12 lbs.

Colors: Red, black, or black and rich tan with white markings.

Coat: Rough: Harsh, wiry. Smooth: soft, smooth.

Temperament: Lively, obedient. Okay with older children who help train. Good with pets. Good watch-dog. Reserved with strangers. Poor guard-dog.

Care and Exercise: The smooth coat needs brushing two to three times a week. The rough coat needs to be hand stripped by a professional groomer. He can obtain his exercise indoors, but will enjoy daily walks.

Training: Training should start easy and needs to be consistent and precise. Although he is stubborn he is sensitive to being rushed or overbearing training techniques. Learning Rate: High. Obedience: Low. Problem Solving: Very High.

Activity: High

Living Environment: Apartment is suitable if regular exercise is provided. Owners should be patient, precise and enjoy a busy, amusing dog.

Health Issues: Difficult in becoming pregnant and delivering newborns. Only 60 percent of the puppies survive. Eye and respiratory problems.

Life Span: 8-10 years

Litter Size: 1-3

Country of Origin: Belgium

History: Once he was the Belgian street urchin who was often found killing rats in stables. When bread with the Affenpinscher, Dutch Pug, and Ruby English Toy Spaniel two types of coat were developed, the rough and smooth coat. He was imported to England and America in the mid 1880's.

Registration: ACA, AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI (Group 9), KC(GB), UKC