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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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Brussels Griffon
OriginBelgium
Other Names
What other names does the Brussels Griffon have? The dog breed also known as...
Griffon Belge, Griffon Bruxellois, Brussels Griffon, Petit Brabancon, Belgian Griffon, Griffon
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
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
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? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Brussels Griffon price:
$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.

Brussels Griffon General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Brussels Griffon size:
Small
Weight
How much does the Brussels Griffon weigh? Brussels Griffon weight:
6-12 pounds (2.5-5.5 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Brussels Griffon? Brussels Griffon average weight:
9 pounds (4 kg)
Height
How tall is the Brussels Griffon? Brussels Griffon height:
7-8 inches (18-20 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Brussels Griffon average height:
7.5 inches (19 cm)

Brussels Griffon Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Brussels Griffon have? What does this canine coat 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 Griffon Belge? Brussels Griffon shedding level:
Brussels Griffons shed none to minimal. Having a puppy from this breed you don't have to be afraid of your couch or car covered by dog hair. Brussels Griffon dogs could be the best choice if you don't tolerate dog hair.

Brussels Griffon Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Brussels Griffon have? What characteristics does the breed have?
AlertInquisitiveSensitiveCompanionableSelfishWatchful
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Brussels Griffon? Are they intelligent?
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 for 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.
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?
Brussels Griffons, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark as 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?
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 considered as a 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 Griffon Belge 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? Why does my Griffon Bruxellois 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 same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Brussels Griffon good as a watchdog?
Brussels Griffons are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered as their main job.
Territorial
Do Brussels Griffon dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Brussels Griffons are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect their 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 Griffon Belge? 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.)
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?
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?
Brussels Griffons don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals. Their prey drive is low.
Apartment Friendly
Is Brussels Griffon good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Brussels Griffons are very apartment-friendly dogs. Besides the daily walk outside they don't require a big garden.
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
Can you leave this breed home 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.
Fighting Dog
Where Brussels Griffon dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Brussels Griffon Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Brussels Griffons are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Are Brussels Griffon dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Brussels Griffon and 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?
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? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Brussels Griffons are average friendly towards other dogs.
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 Griffon Belge temperament with senior people? Are Brussels Griffon dogs good for elderly owners?
Brussels Griffons are not recommended for elderly people.
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.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Brussels Griffon breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Brussels Griffons are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Brussels Griffon be a service dog?
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?
Not really
This breed 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 to 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
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
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Brussels Griffon is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat 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.
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.

Brussels Griffon Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Brussels Griffon dogs have health problems?
The Brussels Griffon is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems
What health problems does the Brussels Griffon breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Brussels Griffon breed? Health risks of Brussels Griffon:
AllergiesHip DysplasiaPatellar Luxation
Life Expectancy
How long do Brussels Griffon dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Brussels Griffon be?
13-15 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?
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.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog 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 this fido 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.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Brussels Griffon need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1/4 to 1/2 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
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 & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & 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 Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?
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 bitch 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 bitch’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.
How often can the Brussels Griffon have a litter? 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? What is the average litter size of this fido?
1-3 puppies

Brussels Griffon Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Hypoallergenic: Brussels Griffons do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Brussels Griffons are very apartment-friendly dogs.
  • 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: 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 & 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: