Brussels Griffon

Fast Facts

Country of Origin:Belgium
AKC Group:Toy Group
UKC Group:Companion
Use today:Companion
Life Span:12 to 15 years
Color:Belge (red hairs banded with black), black and tan, red or black.
Coat:Two coat types: Smooth - short, straight and glossy. Rough - wiry and dense.
Grooming:Smooth: brush weekly. Rough: hand strip or clip twice yearly; brush weekly
Size:Small Dog Breed
Height:No height standards
Weight:8 to 12 pounds

Thanks to the movie "As Good As It Gets," the Brussels Griffon is in the spotlight. It's easy to understand the appeal of this snub-nosed imp with remarkable intelligence. Brussels Griffons are small, weighing less than 12 pounds. They need little space and seem to get plenty of exercise hopping on and off laps. The breed is curious and an outstanding watchdog for its size. Small wonder, then, that the demand for this breed always seems to exceed the supply. The coat, which sheds little, may be harsh and wiry or smooth and tight. The rough variety needs hand stripping, but the smooth takes minimal grooming care. Weekly brushing will keep the coat in condition. Ears may be cropped to a sharp point or natural, carried semi-erect. While the Brussels Griffon is generally obedient, leash-training can be difficult, so start at an early age. This sensitive, good-natured breed is best suited to adults and older children who will treat it with the respect it deserves.

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