Brussels Griffon is Included in the Toy Group

A spunky and outgoing member of the Toy Group, the Brussels Griffon, is bold and mischievous. These dogs live a life brimming with confidence, and unlike many overly suspicious toy breeds, they tend to befriend new dogs quite fast. Known as creative escape artists, the Brussels Griffon has a climbing habit. You and your family will blast owning one of these dogs if you enjoy a small, entertaining, interactive dog, making a loud and vocally menacing watchdog.

A Brief History Of The Brussels Griffon


The history of the Brussels Griffon dates back to the 1800s, with Belgium being the area of origin. The original function of these anxious little dogs was as companions and small rodent hunting. Today they still enjoy being the center of attention as companions to loving families worldwide.

Researchers claim that the breed’s bloodline probably came from the Belgian street dog (the Griffon d’ Ecurie) and the Affenpinscher. These dogs are said to have been a favorite among cab drivers in Brussels because they were great at attracting new visitors and warding off potential thieves.

During the latter part of the 1800s, these dogs were bred with one of Holland’s favorite small breeds – the Pug. You can easily see Pug characteristics in today’s Brussels Griffon from the shape of its head.

The breed was shown at Belgian dog shows by 1880. Around the turn of the 1900s, the dog’s popularity skyrocketed in Belgium, and the nobility noticed. World War I caused a significant decline in numbers, but the Brussels Griffon slowly rose back to new heights in popularity worldwide after the war.

Taking Care of the Brussels Griffon

Owning and taking care of a Brussels Griffon means enjoying a clownish, outgoing, and energetic toy dog. They can be stubborn and very active, soBrussels Griffon puppy daily exercise and stimulation are necessary. Due to the dog’s small size, they can get plenty of exercise by running around the house.

This breed cannot live outside, but it will have the time of its life if given a chance to play during moderate temperatures in a fenced-in yard. Grooming requirements for the Brussels Griffon consist of an occasional brushing, perhaps only once per week, to remove dead hair.

Brussels Griffon Health Concerns

One of the healthiest breeds of the Toy Group, there are no major health concerns that run every day, nor are there any minor issues that are regularly seen. In rare cases, there have been patellar luxation, weak bladder, CHD, PRA, cataracts, and distichiasis. Veterinarians suggest that Brussels Griffon dogs get tested for potential eye and hip problems. The average life span of the breed is between twelve and fifteen years.