The Brussels Griffon, also known as the Belgian Griffon, is a trendy breed of sturdy lapdog that originated in Belgium. It belongs to the Toy breed family which is adored by their small size and sweet expression. Like any other toy dog, Brussels Griffon pets also embody pure charm. The breed has been developed to become endearing family companions and reliable watchdogs. Brussels Griffons have two coat variants: the rough and smooth. The former is dense and wiry, while the latter is short, glossy, and straight. Coat colors usually include red, belge, black and tan, and solid black.
Height and Weight
Both the male and female members of the Brussels Griffon breed normally stand a height of about 7 to 8 in at the withers, and weigh approximately 6 to 12 lbs.
Griffons, in general, are cheerful, lively, and intelligent dogs that have a terrier-like temperament. They bond well with other dogs and animals, and they make good companions. Griffon pets are curious, charming, and affectionate. They love everyone, and are easy to teach to perform tricks. The breed makes excellent watch dogs. They are intolerant with kennel-living, and have the propensity to become greedy and picky eaters if fed on table scraps. Because Griffons are likely to develop the Small Dog Syndrome, owners have to be firm yet gentle, self-assured and consistent at disciplining them. Otherwise, the breed will develop behavior problems such as obsessive barking, snapping, willfulness, separation anxiety, and even biting. Lack of exercise may also make the pet rather high-strung and overly sensitive.
Brussels Griffons, like other lapdogs, are no exception to pampering rituals. The pet needs to be brushed every other day, and their ears have to be cleaned regularly. Trimming as well as coat-shaping is oftentimes scheduled on a quarterly basis. Wiping their beard every after feeding session is also necessary to keep the part from being bound to cake.
Some of the health complications associated with this toy breed are luxating patella, cataracts, and Legg Perthes. Griffons are also prone to suffer from slipped stifle and respiratory problems. Nevertheless, with proper attention, diet, and exercise, the breed can live for as long as 12 to 15 years.
Although Griffons are quite hyperactive; the breed can already be adequately exercised indoors. A yard is not a requirement for this little fellow. Nonetheless, constant human companionship is highly necessary. Indeed, Griffons are completely meant to become indoor pets. Because the breed is intolerant to both hot and chilly climates, owners have to always monitor the room temperature. Daily short walks are already enough to meet Griffons’ minimal exercise needs. A couple of brief indoor games may also suffice.