Brussels Griffon Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Brussels Griffon so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginBelgium flagBelgium
Other Names
What other names does the Brussels Griffon have?
Belgian GriffonBrussels GriffonGriffonGriffon BruxelloisPetit BrabanconGriffon Belge
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

Brussels Griffon Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Brussels Griffon puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? How much money is a Brussels Griffon?
$600-$1200
If you choose to purchase the Brussels Griffon, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Brussels Griffon for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Brussels Griffon gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Brussels Griffon? How many Brussels Griffon are there in the world?
Very frequent: The Brussels Griffon is quite easy to get. There is a risk of overbreeding, as it is an extremely popular breed.

Inbreeding is common because of its popularity. A new study suggests that inbreeding contributes to the incidence of disease and health problems.

So be careful, buy from a trustworthy place or kennel and seek the help of an experienced person, a professional, to make the right decision.

Brussels Griffon Size

Size
Is a Brussels Griffon small, medium or large dog?

How big do Brussels Griffon get?

Small
Weight
How much does the Brussels Griffon weigh? How much should the Brussels Griffon breed weight? What is the normal weight of a Brussels Griffon?
6-12 pounds (2.5-5.5 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of a Brussels Griffon?
9 pounds (4 kg)
Height
How tall is the Brussels Griffon? Brussels Griffon height:
7-8 inches (18-20 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of a Brussels Griffon?
7.5 inches (19 cm)

Brussels Griffon Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Brussels Griffon have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
RoughSmooth
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Brussels Griffon's coat?
BelgeBlackBlack & TanRed
Grooming
How to groom the Brussels Griffon and how often?
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition. The Brussels Griffon requires grooming on a daily basis.

Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer is essential. Everyday brushing of the dog's coat is necessary to reduce shedding.

Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath should be on a weekly schedule.

Taking good care of your Brussels Griffon is time-consuming and requires excellent grooming skills. If you don't have the time and skill search for the best dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment.

Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk-in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Brussels Griffon dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Belgian Griffon?
Brussels Griffons shed none to minimal. Having a puppy from this breed you don't have to be afraid of your couch or car being covered by dog hair. Brussels Griffon dogs could be the best choice if you don't tolerate dog hair.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Brussels Griffon need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Brussels Griffon every day?
4-6 weeks
Average. Experts recommended at least every 4-6 weeks for this family pup. According to a study, 56% of pet parents don’t bathe their dogs as frequently as they should, and 60% use the sniff test when deciding when it’s bath time.

Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible.

Brussels Griffon Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Brussels Griffon have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
AlertInquisitiveSensitiveCompanionableSelfishWatchful
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Brussels Griffon? Is the Brussels Griffon breed dumb or smart?
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one. Keep in mind that if you want to teach them any tricks, they understand and memorize new commands in 40-80 repetitions. Brussels Griffon obey the first command 30% of the time or better. So if you want to have a smart dog, you might have to reconsider your choice with this breed.

The Brussels Griffon ranks below average in the intelligence ranking of dogs.

Trainability
Are Brussels Griffon dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Brussels Griffons are hard to train. They don't really get the association between commands and actions. If you want them to obey, you should be very consistent and patient while teaching.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Average: Brussels Griffons, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark in excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Brussels Griffon sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Brussels Griffons don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits really well.

They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is a Brussels Griffon a good family dog?
High: Brussels Griffons are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Belgian Griffon need? Brussels Griffon social needs:
Brussels Griffons are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Brussels Griffon dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Belgian Griffon bark?
Average: The Brussels Griffon barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and the same barks could have different meanings.

Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.

Watchdog Ability
Is Brussels Griffon good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Brussels Griffons are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered their main job.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Brussels Griffon dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Brussels Griffons are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect its territory so the Brussels Griffon can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Brussels Griffon will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do Brussels Griffon bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Belgian Griffon? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Brussels Griffon? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Brussels Griffon has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Brussels Griffon has a hard bite? What is the bite force of a Brussels Griffon? How much bite force does a Brussels Griffon have?

Between 100 and 200 PSI 🔽

Brussels Griffon bite force: Weak. Dogs that have the weakest bite force below 200 PSI.

However, it is important to note that despite the fact that their bite force is considered the “weakest” it can still be very dangerous as all dog bites are.

They are usually not aggressive and very friendly towards children and other animals.

Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Brussels Griffon do?
Brussels Griffons have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Brussels Griffons need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Brussels Griffon to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Brussels Griffon roam?
The wanderlust potential of the Brussels Griffon is strong enough to escape from home. They have a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Brussels Griffon have high prey drive?
Their prey drive is low. Brussels Griffons don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals.
Apartment Friendly
Is Brussels Griffon good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Very house-friendly dog the Brussels Griffon breed. It's good if you have a small garden where he can go out and do his business, but it's not important at all. You can get enough exercise with one or two walks a day, so keeping them indoors shouldn't be a problem.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Brussels Griffons adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can a Brussels Griffon be left alone?
Brussels Griffons do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.

Brussels Griffon Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Brussels Griffon temperament with other people:
Brussels Griffons are average friendly towards strangers.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Brussels Griffon dogs get along with other pets? Are Brussels Griffon dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Brussels Griffons are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Child Friendly
Are Brussels Griffon dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Brussels Griffon temperament with children:
Brussels Griffons are not kid-friendly dogs. This breed is not recommended for families with children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Brussels Griffon dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Brussels Griffon breed live with a cat?
Brussels Griffons are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Brussels Griffon good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Brussels Griffon dogs get along with other dogs?
Brussels Griffons are average friendly towards other dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Brussels Griffon breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Brussels Griffon breed suitable for first-time owners?
No
Brussels Griffons are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Office Friendly
Are Brussels Griffons good office dogs? Do Brussels Griffons make good office friendly dogs? Can Brussels Griffons be office dogs?
No
Brussels Griffon is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Brussels Griffon dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Belgian Griffon temperament with senior people? Are Brussels Griffon dogs good for elderly owners?
Brussels Griffons are not recommended for elderly people.

Brussels Griffon Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Brussels Griffon dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
The Brussels Griffon is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Brussels Griffon breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Brussels Griffon breed? Most common health risks of Brussels Griffon:
AllergiesHip DysplasiaPatellar Luxation
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Brussels Griffon breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Brussels Griffon see the vet?
Average
The Brussels Griffon should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Brussels Griffon dogs live? How old can a Brussels Griffon be? What is the age limit of the Brussels Griffon? How many years can the oldest Brussels Griffon live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a Brussels Griffon?

13-15 years
The average lifespan of Brussels Griffon: 14 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Brussels Griffon breed hypoallergenic?
Yes
Brussels Griffons do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction. However there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs in the world, there are a variety of breeds that are considered to reduce or minimize the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Brussels Griffon have? What is the activity level of the Brussels Griffon?
Brussels Griffons have a lower energy level than other dogs. If you live a chilled life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does a Brussels Griffon need? How much exercise do Brussels Griffon dogs require per day?
Brussels Griffons exercise need is minimal. If you live a slow life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does the Brussels Griffon breed need?
Brussels Griffons like sleeping so they do sleep a lot. They're not the most active dog breed. If you live an active life, this breed can be a bad choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does a Brussels Griffon need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Brussels Griffon breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Brussels Griffon? How much food should I feed my Brussels Griffon?
1/4 to 1/2 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Brussels Griffon risk for obesity:
Average: The Brussels Griffon has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding.

If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Brussels Griffon's weight regularly.

Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Brussels Griffon can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Medium

The Brussels Griffon has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Brussels Griffon drool?
The Brussels Griffon is an average drooler. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem.

If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Brussels Griffon As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Brussels Griffon be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

Brussels Griffon is not the best breed for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Brussels Griffon be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Brussels Griffon be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and people with anxiety disorders or autism.

Brussels Griffon is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Brussels Griffon be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.

Brussels Griffon is not the best breed for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Brussels Griffon be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Brussels Griffon is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Brussels Griffon be a boat dog?

Not really

Brussels Griffon breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Brussels Griffon be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination.

Brussels Griffon is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Brussels Griffon dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Brussels Griffon Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is a Brussels Griffon pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Brussels Griffon breed is pregnant?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Brussels Griffon: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days.

During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge.

The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days.

The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color.

The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating.

The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.

Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Brussels Griffon have in a litter? How many puppies can the Brussels Griffon breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Brussels Griffon have? How many puppies can a Brussels Griffon give birth to?
1-3 puppies

Brussels Griffon Recognition

AKC Group
Is Brussels Griffon recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1910 as a Toy breed.
FCI Group
Is Brussels Griffon recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Small Belgian Dogs section.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Brussels Griffon breed?
American Canine RegistryAmerican Kennel ClubAmerica's Pet RegistryCanadian Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleKennel Club of Great BritainNorth American Purebred Registry, Inc.American Canine Association, Inc.Australian National Kennel CouncilContinental Kennel ClubNational Kennel ClubNew Zealand Kennel ClubUnited Kennel Club

Brussels Griffon Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Hypoallergenic: Brussels Griffons do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Very house-friendly dog the Brussels Griffon breed.
  • Shedding Level: Brussels Griffons shed none to minimal.
  • Adaptability: Brussels Griffons adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
  • Cat Friendly: Brussels Griffons are very cat-friendly dogs.
Cons
  • Intelligent Rank: Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
  • Trainability: Brussels Griffons are hard to train.
  • Grooming: Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: The wanderlust potential of the Brussels Griffon is strong enough to escape from home.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Brussels Griffons do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Child Friendly: Brussels Griffons are not kid-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Brussels Griffon is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Brussels Griffons are not recommended for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Brussels Griffons are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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Brussels Griffon Comments, Reviews and Questions

  • Sharon

    Jun 1, 2021, 9:34:36 PM:

    She looks like my Brussels Lola :-) Lola is 15.

  • Brittany

    May 25, 2021, 8:39:09 AM: