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Brussels Griffon

The Brussels Griffon has a good bone for its size. Its movement is a purposeful trot and he is smart, alert, sensitive, and full of self-importance.

Overall Status

Height 7 to 10 inches
Temperament Loyal, Alert, Curious
Weight 8 to 12 pounds
Life Expectancy 12 to 15 years
Coat Color Black, Black and Tan, Blue, Brown, Red
Barking Level Medium

Quick Factors

Dog Friendly
Exercise Need
Grooming Needs
Strangers Friendly
Family Affectionate
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Daily Care

Grooming Tips

Rough and smooth coated Brussels Griffons have different grooming needs. Smooth coated Griffons require very little grooming besides weekly brushing and occasional bathing when the dog begins to emit an odor.

Rough coated Griffons, on the other hand, need weekly brushing to remove dead hair and need to be combed afterward with a metal comb.

They must be hand stripped twice per year, which involves removing dead and loose hairs by hand to promote new coat growth. Some owners elect to clip their rough coated Griffon in order to avoid stripping the coat, but this is not acceptable for the show ring and alters the texture of the dog's coat and also causes more shedding.

Exercise Tips

Another great reason why the Brussels breed is good for seniors is that it doesn’t require a lot of exercises. If you live in an apartment or a small home, this breed can get enough exercise indoors, no matter how small space. If you’re feeling up to it, the Brussels Griffon likes to run obstacle courses, which highlights its natural ability as ratters.

Feeding Tips

TheBrussels Griffon should do well on high-quality dog food, whether commercially manufactured or home-prepared with your veterinarian’s supervision and approval.

Any diet should be appropriate to the dog’s age (puppy, adult, or senior). Some dogs are prone to gettingoverweight, so watch your dog’s calorie consumption and weight level.

Treatscan be an important aid in training, but giving too many can cause obesity. Learn about whichhuman foodsare safe for dogs, and which are not. Check with your vet if you have any concerns about your dog’s weight or diet.Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.

Health Tips

The Brussels Griffon has a relatively long life expectancy, with ten to fifteen years being usual. However, it has developed significant reproductive problems.

Bitches in this breed often do not conceive, and when they do they tend to have difficulty giving birth. Cesarean deliveries are common, litters are unusually small and newborn puppies are often delicate.

Often there is only one puppy, with an average mortality rate of 60 percent in the first few weeks. They also may have a breed predisposition to refractory corneal ulceration,cataracts,hip dysplasiaand patellar luxation.


If you’re going to be training a Brussels Griffon, you’re going to need plenty of patience. Sure, this is a pretty smart breed, but you need to treat your dog gently in order to get the job done right.

Housebreaking a Brussels Griffon will require time and patience, as well as flexibility. On the positive side, the Brussels Griffon wants to please you, so it will try its hardest during training sessions.

While training, be aware of your dog’s stress level. As the Brussels Griffon is a sensitive dog, you’ll need to be gentle with your training tactics – if you’re harsh, it will only cause your dog to fear you and you could lose ground on the progress you’ve already made. It will take consistency, sensitivity, and dedication to do the job right.

Remember that new experiences can be a bit overwhelming for the Brussels Griffon. If you’re planning to leash train your dog, start it young, between the ages of four to six weeks of age.


The Brussels Griffon, also known as the Griffon Belge, and Griffon Bruxellois gained its name from its place of origin in Brussels, Belgium.

The Brussels Griffon is one of three variations of Griffon, the other two being the Belgian Griffon and the Petit Brabancon. He was very popular in the 17th century with cab drivers that utilized them in their stables to rid them of vermin.

Several other breeds may have contributed to the Brussels Griffon that you see today, such as theAffenpinscher, English Toy Spaniel, Belgian street dog,Yorkshire TerrierandIrish Terriers. The Brussels Griffon, while a fine companion, is not a terribly popular breed.

It has gained some popularity after the appearance of a Brussels Griffon in the film “As Good As It Gets”, however, it remains a rare breed. As a side note, this breed also had a part in the First Wives Club and Gosford Park.

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