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Brussels Griffon

Brussels Griffon are active, playful and intelligent dogs who make one of the best canine companions. . The “monkey face”, as it is known by some, originated in Belgium where they were used for hunting rodents in stables.

Average sizes and life expectancy of the breed


7-8 in


3-5 kg


10-15 years


Brussels, Belgium





Characteristics of the Brussels Griffon

There is an air of naughtiness that always revolves around Brussels Griffon dogs. This nature can mainly be attributed to their terrier ancestry where they were once a constant amusement to people approximately 200 years ago. Brussels Griffon in general is an extremely intelligent dog having a bit of sense of humour and a fair share of bossiness associated with them. Although, he is still a Marshmallow who loves being with his family and also someone who constantly tries to crave their attention. Keep in mind that if you are not giving him affection, he can resort to mischief like constantly chewing stuff and running all over the house aimlessly.

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The Brussels Griffon generally has a rough, dense and medium-length coat, including on the face, hence the resemblance to primates. Keeping the coat up to date takes some work, as it must be brushed twice a week. Facial hair also deserves attention and must be brushed thoroughly and regularly, especially care with the hairs in the corners of the eyes, which need to be removed to prevent them from irritating the furry's eyeballs. It is suggested to dog owners that they use a natural bristle brush or a hound glove to remove dead hair effectively. Also, you may consider stripping your Rough-Coated Brussels Griffon's coat by a professional groomer, which basically involves plucking their loose hair by hand. This assists new growth of hair having more strong roots. Smooth-Coated Brussels on the other hand need only a little grooming involving weekly brushing and occasional bathing.

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Best Dog Foods For Brussels Griffon

Brussels Griffon are known to quickly gain weight and hence, their diet should consist of biologically appropriate protein, ground bones and vegetables. Green veggies especially, are filled with essential vitamins and minerals and they help in bolstering the defence mechanism of Brussels Griffons. It would be best if you can give them some good commercial dog food having the right amount of protein, fats, carbohydrates in it. When it comes to the feeding amount, puppies should be fed at least 3 times a day. They need maximum amount of calories during this phase to support their physical growth and overall development. For adult dogs, it would be best if you can give 1/4 to 1/2 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. Also, there are certain dog foods which you should strictly avoid feeding the Brussels Griffon. Some of them are Chocolate, Avocado, Citrus Fruits, Garlic etc which are highly toxic to them.

Grooming Your Brussels Griffon

This joyful dog should be groomed on a regular basis. As they come in two varieties namely, rough coat and smooth coat, their grooming requirements too change accordingly. The rough coated one's hair should be hand stripped and plucked in order to maintain harsh texture and colour. While the smooth coated variety should have a straight, short and glossy coat. When it comes to frequency of their bathing, wired or rough coated Brussels Griffon should be bathed once in every 2-3 weeks owing to their thick coat. As smooth coated ones have short hair, they only need bathing once in every 6-8 weeks.

Taking Care of a Brussels Griffon

Because they are very docile, these puppies do not deal well with rudeness and can react with bites when they feel threatened, as a form of protection, as they feel threatened. Even though they are home dogs, they have a lot of energy and need regular activities to keep their health up to date. Since their short nose cannot refresh the air they breathe, they suffer doubled over on hot days, needing fresh water and a pleasant temperature environment. No constant supply of food, as they tend to be very greedy.


History of Brussels Griffons

About 200 years ago, Brussels Griffon was first cross bred from a blend of English Toy Spaniel, Pug and Affenpinscher type of German Stable Ratter. Back in those days, Brussels Griffon were popular in farm and peasant homes for his amazing ratting abilities. He mainly lived in stables and on the streets and was known to withstand the harshest of weathers. Fast forward to the 19th century, these dogs began to be crossed with Pug, thereby producing a smooth coat variety. Their official entry to the American Kennel Club was in 1910 and they are now one of the popular dogs in the toy breed category.

Frequently Asked Questions


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