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Brussels Griffon

Brussels Griffon At a Glance

Country of Origin:


Breed Group:

AKC (Toy); ANKC (Toys); CKC (Toys); FCI (Companion and Toy); KC (Toy); UKC (Companion)


Small. Weight: 8-10 lbs. Height: 7-8 inches


Has two varieties: Rough or smooth.


Red, Beige (Mixed Reddish Brown and Black), Black and Tan, or Black

Life Span:

12 to 15 years

Breed Profile

Affection Level – 100
Barking Tendencies – 60
Cat Friendly – 70
Cold Weather Tolerance – 10
Exercise Needs – 70
General Health – 60
Grooming Needs – 60
Hot Weather Tolerance – 10
Intelligence – 80
Kid Friendly – 10
Playfulness – 60
Shedding Level – 10
Social Needs – 100
Watchdog Ability – 80

Did You Know?

This dog breed has been seen in a number of movies such as Spin City, Gosford Park, First Wives Club, and more.

Brussels Griffon Overview

Named for their city of origin, Brussels in Belguim, the Brussels Griffon  may refer to three different breeds, the Griffon Bruxellois, the Griffon Belge and the Petit Brabançon.

Brussels Griffon Characteristics

This dog breed has an almost human-like expression. Brussels Griffons make an awesome and cheerful companion dog. The dog is good with other pets, including cats and smaller animals, but does best with older, considerate children. This dog breed is both sensitive and curious, but demanding. It exudes love and is extremely affectionate towards its owners. This dog breed loves to bark, making them good alarm dogs. The breed is intelligent  and should be trained from an early age.

Brussels Griffon Temperament

Cheerful and friendly, but sometimes moody, the Brussels Griffon breed can be a little finicky. As with many smaller breeds, they can be a challenge to housebreak, but with persistence and consistency, they do learn. The breed tends to be willful and highly-strung  so gentle, but firm handling works best.

Brussels Griffon Care

The coat of this dog breed requires a fair amount of maintenance. Daily brushing to keep the coat shiny and clean, and prevent any matting and tangling is necessary. The beard around the mouth area should be cleaned regularly to prevent caking. They shed little hair.

Brussels Griffon Coat

There are two coat varieties for the breed: rough and smooth. The hair of the rough-coated is harsh, dense and wiry. The smooth-coated Brussels Griffon is the quite the opposite – glossy, straight and short.

Brussels Griffon Training & Activity

This dog breed tends to lose interest fairly quickly and requires consistency and variation in training, and a bit of fun will go a long way. Obedience classes are recommended, but not essential.

Although a lively and hyperactive breed, this breed does not require much exercise in addition to their normal activities.

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