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Griffon Belges

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

About the Griffon Belges

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 Brabancon) 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 color, whereas the Petit Brabancon has short hair.

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

Breed specifics

Country
Belgium
Group
FCI Group 9
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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