The Brussels Griffon (also called the “Belgian Griffon”) is a toy breed that is often said to resemble a monkey, an elf or an Ewok from Star Wars. The breed features wide set eyes, a flat face, a prominent chin as well as a rough or smooth coat in colors such as red, beige, black and tan or pure black. The Brussels Griffon makes a suitable choice for less active owners with plenty of time to care for and train a sensitive companion dog.
Origins Of The Brussels Griffon
The Brussels Griffon first originated in the city of Brussels in Belgium during the early 1800s and was initially bred for the purpose of catching small vermin but later became popular with coach drivers who used them as a guard dog to deter robbers and attract customers. They were originally created by crossing the Affenpinscher with Belgian street dogs, and later on the Pug was introduced into the breeding program during the late 1800s.
Average Size Of The Brussels Griffon
Brussels Griffons are classified as a small-sized breed of dog. The suggested standard size for the Brussels Griffon male and female is 9-11 inches high from paw to shoulder and a weight of 8-10 pounds.
Temperament Of The Brussels Griffon
The Brussels Griffon is famous for their confident, self-important and protective character. They are usually wary and sometimes even snappy with guests, which makes it very important to socialize them early and often makes them mildly suitable as a guard dog with their protection being limited due to their size.
The Brussels Griffon is also accepted to be fairly intelligent – placing equal 59th in comparison with other dogs in terms of their ability to learn obedience instructions.
They are renowned to be good with older children who will treat them gently – which makes them somewhat suitable as a family pet. The Brussels Griffon is usually very friendly with other dogs or smaller animals and they will often become very good playmates.
Living Requirements Of The Brussels Griffon
The Brussels Griffon doesn’t always need a yard to run around in, so they are very suitable for apartment life so long as they are given daily exercise. They can be sensitive to the heat which means care should be taken to keep them cool.
Health & Life Expectancy Of The Brussels Griffon
As with a lot of small-sized dogs, the Brussels Griffon is commonly long-lived having a life expectancy of 12-15 years. The greatest health concern for Brussels Griffons is universally identified as respiratory problems or eye injuries due to the shape of their face. They can also be prone to conditions such as cataracts, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) and sensitivity to the heat.
Exercise Needs Of The Brussels Griffon
The Brussels Griffon enjoys pastimes like running around the house or occasionally taking part in agility courses. They possess a low to medium amount of energy and need exercise every day in the shape of short walks to keep them happy and healthy.