Griffon Belge

The Griffons have rough, upstanding, tousled hair that is longer below the eyes, on foreface, cheeks and chin, forming head furnishings.
Griffon belge adult black and white

About the Griffon Belge

These intelligent, well balanced dogs are alert, proud and robust. Virtually square, they have good bone structure, but are nevertheless elegantly built, moving graciously. Their almost human expression catches the eye. Neither timid nor aggressive they are very vigilant and highly attached to their human companion.

All the three breeds (Griffon Bruxellois, Griffon Belge and Petit Brabançon are descended from a small rough-coated dog that went by the name Smousje, which had been found in the Brussels region for centuries. These little dogs were bred to guard carriages and keep stables free from rodents. The two Griffons are rough-coated and can be distinguished by colour, whereas the Petit Brabançon has short hair.

Source: key facts and characteristics sourced from Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)

Breed specifics

Country: Belgium
Size category: Small
Avg life expectancy: 12-15 years
Loving / Alert / Friendly / Intelligent / Loyal / Quiet / Sensitive

Key facts

Requires moderate grooming
Suitable for small homes
Makes a great family dog
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