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Brussels Griffon

Origin: Belgium

AKC Group: Toy

Height: 7 inches (Male)

Weight: 8 pounds (Male)

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Male height: 
7 inches
Male weight: 
8 pounds
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 small terrier who most likely descended, in part, from the Affenpinscher. He has been around for a long time - since the 13th century. Back then, he was a peasant's dog and quite a bit larger than modern specimens (more like the size of a Fox Terrier). In early times, he was known as the Griffon Ecurie (Stable Griffon) because he earned his keep by killing rats and mice in stables. His personality earned him a place on the driver's seat of carriages, where he gained a wider exposure, including the affection and patronage of King Henry II of France and Queens Henrietta Maria and Astrid of Belgium. He was eventually bred smaller, probably by crossing with English Toy Spaniels, Pugs and other toy breeds, until he became the small dog familiar to us today.

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.
At home: 
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.
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.
Fun fact: 

The Brussels Griffon is actually one of three small terriers from Belgium, which include the Belgian Griffon and the Petite Braban. The American Kennel Club (AKC) recognizes only the Brussels Griffon.

Grooming blurb: 
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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