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Brussels Griffon

Quick facts

Brussels Griffon AKC Group: Toy
Height: 7-8 inches
Weight: 6-12 pounds
Colors: reddish brown and black, tan and black, solid black
AKC recognized in: 1910

Looking back to the characters of the Star Wars series, the facial features of the Brussels Griffon breed will probably remind you of Ewok. It is that distinctive growth of fur in the facial area of this dog that will give it away.

Aside from its beard-like facial features, other traits of the Brussels griffon that are also noteworthy are its wide set eyes and flattened face which gives off a somewhat funny and yet adorable monkey appearance.

Effectively, this breed is quite popular for its looks. It is easily attractive with its rich and luxurious fur setting, small and yet sturdy petite stature, and usually cropped ears and tail, although cropping is becoming quite unpopular lately.

There are two types of Brussels Griffon, based on type of coat. There are no advantages or disadvantages to either type, as it is really a matter of personal taste.

One type would have a rather wiry and thick fur coat. It can be somewhat rough to the touch but it creates more body giving the dog a more stout appearance.

The second type would be a Brussels griffon with smooth and almost flat-lying coat. The advantage of this type is that it is softer to the touch and it can gleam with a glossier look. Some claim that it also reveals more of this breed's outstanding physical features.


Brussels Griffon Summary
Affection five paws
Cold Tolerance five paws
Ease of Training four paws
Energy level three paws
Exercise Requirements three paws
Friendliness : Children five paws
Friendliness: Other Animals three paws
Friendliness: Other Pets three paws
Grooming Requirements three paw
Heat Tolerance four paws
Playfulness five paws
Protection Ability one paw
Watchdog Ability three paws

By nature, the Brussels Griffon has an equally loving and affectionate nature as it is adorable and cuddly in appearance. They make very loyal partners and they can be very protective of their master and their companions.

Not that this breed can really provide much protection given its small size, but the Brussels Griffon appears to be unaware of its own size and strength capacity. In fact, they are sometimes seen asserting superiority and authority over their larger dog companions.

One attitude problem that owners need to be aware of is this breed's tendency to assert alpha status in the household. Always remember that your Brussels Griffon, although cute and small in appearance, is still a proud dog to the last inch.

This means, he still holds onto the instinct of working in a pack. If he sees you and other people in the family as submissive, he will exercise authority. This can lead to willfulness, stubbornness, disobedience, and other attitude-related problems.

Health and Exercise

Brussels Griffons live an average lifespan of 12 to 15 years.

As with most show type of dogs possessing a rich set of coat like the Brussels Griffon, there is much attention needed in maintaining its fur. This includes regular brushing, combing, and regular bathing. This will not only reduce shedding problems, but it will also keep the coat shiny and gleaming.

Although it is true that the rough coat type will shed less than the smooth type, the rough type will require extra attention because its coat will regularly need hand stripping sessions.

The medical concerns for the Brussels Griffon are generally similar to most other dog breeds. This means, regular check up with your vet will keep your dog from harm's way.

Medical problems associated with this breed of dog include several eye problems such as cataracts, eyeball lacerations, protopsis, and progressive retinal atrophy. Regular and correct trimming of facial hair will avoid if not completely eliminate these dangers.

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