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Griffon Bruxellois


General Information - Griffon Bruxellois


Group:
Toy

Size:
Small (2.5kg-5.5kg)

Lifespan:
12-15 years

Exercise:
Moderate

Grooming:
Moderate

Trainability:
Moderate

Watchdog Ability:
Very high

Protection Ability:
Very low

Area of Origin:
Belgium

Date of Origin:
1800s

Other Names:
Brussels Griffon, Belgian Griffon

Original Function:
Small vermin hunting, companion



History

The Griffon Bruxellois was bred in Belgium for ratting and owes its existence to a number of breeds, including the Affenpinscher, Pug, Ruby King Charles Spaniel and Yorkshire Terrier. Around the 18th Century, the Griffon became popular with royalty and a breed club was formed in England, which is still active today. Griffon means rough coated, Bruxellois or Brussels is where they came from. The smooth variety was given the name Petite Brabacon, little smooth coat. Once kept by cab drivers of 17th-century Brussels to rid their stables of vermin, the Griffon Bruxellois became a companion breed by virtue of its appealing character.

Temperament

This charming and clever dog makes an excellent companion. A smart, cobby little dog who can be lively and alert, with the disposition of a terrier. They are robust, intelligent and easy to train, but can be determined. You need to earn their respect and work as a partnership, rather than trying to dominate them (or allowing them to dominate you). He has lots of personality, and attracts attention wherever he goes. He is very loyal to his owner.

Upkeep

The Griffon Bruxellois is an active breed, always on the lookout for action. He will enjoy a good walk, keeping up with you all the way. Some enjoy the challenge of agility training. He is a house dog, and enjoys snuggling up on the couch next to you. The rough coat needs combing 2/3 times a week, plus shaping by stripping, and a complete strip out twice a year, although pets can be clipped. Grooming for the smooth coat is minimal, consisting only of occasional brushing to remove dead hair. Toenails should be trimmed regularly.