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Brussels Griffon

WEIGHT: 8 to 10 lbs
HEIGHT: 7 to 8 inches
COLOR(S): Black, black with tan, beige, and red.
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The Brussels Griffon is a sturdy toy dog who is intelligent, alert, and has a terrier like disposition. Brussels Griffon dogs attract attention by their almost humanlike, quizzical expressions. They have square proportions with a domed head which is large in comparison to the body. The Brussels Griffon dog's pout gives him an almost human expression. To some viewers he resembles a miniature Boxer. There are two types: Rough-Coated (harsh wiry and dense), and Smooth-Coated or Petit Brabancon variety (short, straight, glossy), both making a fine companion. The Brabancon needs less grooming. Brussels Griffon dogs come in red, a mixture of red-brown & black, black & tan, and solid black. Ears are generally cropped and the tail is docked and carried high, though cropping the ears is optional.


The Griffon is an intelligent cheerful dog with a terrier-like disposition. They make a fine companion dog. Brussels Griffon puppies and dogs do best with older considerate children. He/she is affectionate, willful and high-strung, but charming. They are lively and curious, love everyone, but can get quite moody. The Griffin is unusually sensitive and quite demanding, loves to be spoiled. They must be raised in the house with the family. This breed is good with other dogs and even with cats. Brussels Griffon puppies and dogs may be gluttonous or picky eaters and may be difficult to housebreak. They make good watchdogs and can be taught to perform tricks. Brussels Griffon puppies and dogs like to bark.


There are two types; rough which is harsh, wiry and smooth: soft. The coat of the Rough requires a lot of attention, however the coat of the pet dogs may be clipped. Brussels Griffon puppies and dogs shed little to no hair.


Brussels Griffon dogs have difficulty in becoming pregnant and delivering newborns. Only 60 percent of the puppies survive. Other health concerns include brachycephalic syndrome, cleft palate, eye problems, and respiratory problems.


Brussels Griffon dogs can obtain their exercise indoors, but will enjoy daily walks.


Training should start early and needs to be consistent and precise. Although they are stubborn, Brussels Griffon puppies and dogs are sensitive to being rushed or to overbearing training techniques.

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