Brussels Griffon adult in black and white

Brussels Griffon

With a smart, enthusiastic personality, the Brussels Griffon has won over dog lovers across the globe.

About the Brussels Griffon

Originating in Belgium as ratters, the Brussels Griffon soon became a much-loved house pet. Sometimes highly strung, sensitive and often the center of attention, this breed requires an owner who is prepared to devote their time fully to their new companion.

Although small, the Brussels Griffon is in no way a handbag dog, instead this sturdy breed enjoys agility and obedience training and often excels at performance sports.

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

Breed specifics

Group
FCI Group 9, AKC Toy Group
Size category
Small
Avg life expectancy
12–15 years

Intelligent / Even-tempered / Alert / Resilient / Loyal / Confident

Key facts

  • May not get along well with children
  • Needs moderate training
  • Yard not essential

Health condition

Brussels Griffons belong to the brachycephalic family that have physical features such as a flat face and short nose due to their flat and wide skull shape. These anatomical attributes can cause some health issues like skin, eye and breathing problems as well as a poor ability to tolerate heat. For all brachycephalic breeds, we advise you to choose a dog with physical features that are not over-exaggerated, to acquire from a responsible breeder or shelter and to seek advice from your veterinarian as needed.

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