Two types of coat - rough is wiry and dense; smooth is short, straight and glossy.
Red, belge, black and tan, and black.
The Brussels Griffon is a fun, confident, adaptable breed with an almost human expression. He is quite intelligent and sensitive, with a vital and lively disposition that belies his size. Affectionate and loyal, he bonds strongly with his owner. He has a tendency to be shy with strangers, though, and needs early socializing.
The Brussels Griffon is comfortable in just about any living situation. He is short-faced, which makes breathing difficult in the heat, so don't allow him to become overheated in warmer months. During very cold weather, he may benefit from a sweater or jacket.
Brussels Griffons can do well in obedience, showing and therapy.
This toy Griffon is a sturdy fellow who needs a daily walk alongside his devoted owner. His curiosity keeps him active around the house, which provides him with additional exercise.
The Brussels Griffon requires a high-quality diet. This small dog can gain weight easily, so monitor his food intake.
The Brussels Griffon is intelligent and sensitive, so he needs positive training methods to bring out the best in him. He gets bored easily, so keeping training interesting is a must. He can be hard to housetrain.
Brussels Griffons do well with older children who understand how to handle a smaller dog. They get along well with other pets, including other dogs. However, they sometimes forget their size, so they should be monitored with much larger dogs.
The average life expectancy of the Brussels Griffons is 12 to 15 years. Breed health concerns may include eye problems; hip dysplasia; patellar luxation; Poodle eye; and respiratory problems.
The rough-coated Brussels Griffon needs professional grooming to keep his coat from becoming disheveled and coarse. Like a terrier's coat, it must be hand-stripped so that it lies just so. Special attention should be paid to the face, with its pushed-in nose and somewhat bulging eyes.
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