The Brussels Griffon, as indicated by its name, emerged out of Brussels, Belgium. Its ancestors were used by coachmen during the 19th century as ratters in the stables. These Belgian dogs were similar to Affenpinschers, but their exact further development is not quite clear. It is believed that these dogs were crossed with Pugs and English Toy Spaniels, eventually resulting in two types: the rough, wiry coat variety and the smooth coat (called the Brabancon).
The Brussels Griffon was first recognized by the AKC in 1910. Though they are no longer needed as workers, they have become known as wonderful companions.
Colors and Coats:
Red, black and tan, solid black, or belge (black and reddish brown mixed)
Smooth coat or rough coat
Responsible breeders strive to maintain the highest breed standards as established by kennel clubs like the AKC. Dogs bred by these standards are less likely to inherit health conditions. However, some hereditary health problems can occur in the breed. The following are some conditions to be aware of:
- Brachycephalic Syndrome
- Patellar Luxation
- Corneal Ulcers
About the Breed:
The Brussels Griffon is a compact and sturdy dog that is often considered to possess a humanlike facial expression. Lively and alert, the Brussels Griffon is a pleasure to know!
The smooth coat Brussels Griffon requires little more than routine grooming, but the rough coat variety needs to be brushed regularly to keep its coat healthy.
The Brussels Griffon is a smart little dog, and therefore quite receptive to training. Like many small dogs, this breed may possess a feisty streak, but is not at all considered aggressive. Firm, consistent training can help your Brussels Griffon become obedient and attentive.
Like all dogs, the Brussels Griffons should receive routine exercise.
Plan a daily walk at the very least. This will help your dog to burn energy and better focus.
Brussels Griffons are joyful and loyal companions that, with proper care and training, can become excellent family dogs.
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