The Brussels Griffon, otherwise known as the Belgian or Petit Griffon, is a loving and loyal companion dog. The breed dates back to the 15th century and was most likely bred from stock such as: Affenpinschers, Belgian Griffons, Pugs, Yorkshire Terriers, King Charles Cavalier Spaniels, and Pekingese. Many of these breeds attributes can be seen in the Brussels of today.
The Brussels Griffon is considered to be a toy breed. Reaching only 12 pounds and a mere 8 inches tall, this little dog makes a wonderful travel companion. The Brussels is a square and solid dog. He usually is wiry and coarse, but sometimes can have a smooth coat. The dogs with a smooth coat do shed a couple of times per year whereas the dogs with a wiry coat are basically shed-free; the hair loss is very minimal. These rough coated varieties need to be stripped in order to keep that wiry charm and while doing it from home is possible, should be done by a professional groomer. If the coat of either type is clipped down, the coat may take on a different type of texture. The colors of Brussels range widely, coming in shades of red, beige, black and tan, or solid black. Their monkey-like faces are unique to the breed and are full of character and spunk.
The Brussels Griffon is a cheerful little companion dog with a heart of gold. He loves his owner but can be stubborn at times. Take caution with this breed around strangers, Brussels have been known to be a bit skittish around strangers and in new situations. If socialized properly, the dog will do quite well in these situations, and no problems should arise.
The zesty little Brussels is a high energy dog. If living in an apartment or somewhere that there is little or no outside yard access, he will do fine. He can keep himself entertained and busy enough to dispel a lot of his pent-up energy. Daily walks are always a good thing, for both you and your pet, but if your health or time does not allow for it, the Brussels is a good fit for you.
Miscellaneous Breed Information
The Brussels Griffon makes a great companion for an elderly person because of its low exercise needs. They are not the best choice for families with children because the Brussels tends to attach to one person and does not make as good of a family dog as many other breeds. The Brussels Griffons health problems are most closely centered on his eyes and nose. Because of his obscure facial structure, he can sometimes experience breathing difficulties and eye disorders. His short muzzle can make it hard to breathe and be comfortable on very hot days so it is important to not let your dog get overheated or to take him out when it is too warm. His eyes protrude more than the average dogs and are prone to being scratched by foreign objects. For this reason, pay attention on walks and outings to not let branches or blowing objects obstruct your dog’s path. Some other eye problems can include cataracts and glaucoma, these can happen to any dog as it gets older.