Brussels Griffon

The Brussels Griffon is possibly a descendant of the Affenpinscher and are very nosey and rather lively with strong hunting instincts.

These small dogs are known to make really good watchdogs, being alert and courageous. If you want a dog that will be devoted to you, this is the one.

Brussels Griffon Facts

Brussels Griffon

Exercise Requirements:      2 star rating

Good with Children:             4 star rating

Easy to Train:                        2 star rating

Good Watchdog:                    4 star rating

Low Shedding:                       4 star rating

Good with Other Pets:         2 star rating

Vital Statistics

Size: 18 – 20 cm (7 – 8 in)

Weight: 2.3 – 5 kg (5 – 11 lb)

Coat: Rough: wiry and harsh. Smooth: tight and short

Colour: Clear red, black or black and rich tan without white markings

Lifespan: 12 – 14 years

Special Characteristics

The Brussels Griffon is considered to be lively and alert, good-natured, determined and persistent, courageous and sensitive at times.

Exercise Requirements

Enjoys exercise and play at home, one walk a day is enough. Considered to be a dog that requires a low amount of exercise.

Attitude Towards:

Owners: Caring and devout towards their owners.

Children: Great around children, although boisterous children can injure puppies and adults.

Other Pets: Not great around small pets, this will be a problem.

Strangers: Can be friendly towards strangers if well socialised from an early age.

Other Unfamiliar Dogs: Most of the time they will be friendly and playful with other dogs, especially if well socialised from an early age.

What to Watch Out For

These small dogs are known to bark excessively and might be fussy eaters. Their rather bulbous eyes are prone to injury. Their short nose makes breathing a problem, they are likely to snore too.

Their coat will need to be hand-stripped or clipped on a fairly regular basis to avoid fur being left all around the house.

Health Risks

Very little to take note of here; Patellar luxation, progressive retinal atrophy.

Ideal Owner

You need to have a lot of time available for play, and being sociable is a must. This good-natured small dog is best suited to a gentle caring person.

More Photos

Brussels Griffon sat on the kitchen floor Brussels Griffon standing up straight in the living room

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