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Brussels Griffon


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Dog Breed Group
Toy Dogs 
Origin of Breed
Belgium in the 1800's to hunt vermin 
Life Expectancy
8 - 10 years 
Red, black, or black and rich tan with no white markings 
There are two types of coats. The Rough Coat is harsh and wiry while the Smooth Coat is soft and smooth 
Exercise Needs
He can obtain his exercise indoors, but will enjoy daily walks. Training should start easy and needs to be consistent and precis 
Lively, obedient. Although they are stubborn they are sensitive to being rushed or overbearing training techniques.Owners should 
Good with Children
Good with chidlren and other pets. Is reserved with strangers. Does not make a good guard dog. 
Grooming Needs
The smooth coat needs brushing two to three times a week. The rough coat needs to be hand stripped by a professional groomer. 
Average Size - Male (in)
7 - 8 
Average Size - Female (in)
8 - 10 
Average Weight - Male (lbs)
6 - 12 
Average Weight - Female (lbs)
6 - 12 
Health Issues
Difficult in becoming pregnant and delivering newborns. Only 60 percent of the puppies survive. Eye and respiratory problems.v
Living Conditions
Apartment is suitable if regular exercise is provided. 

Breed Description

The Brussels Griffonwho is also known as the Griffon Bruxellois, is a toy dog who is intelligent, alert, and has a terrier like disposition. He attracts attention by his almost humanlike, quizzical expressions. There are two types of coat rough or smooth both making a fine companion. Once they were considered to be the Belgian street urchin who was often found killing rats in stables. They bred with the Affenpinscher, Dutch Pug, and Ruby English Toy Spaniel which resulted in the development of the two types of coat. They were imported to England and America in the mid 1880's.

Breed Infobits

The Brussels Griffon is also known as Griffon Bruxellois.
The Brussels Griffon is also known as the Griffon Bruxellois and was developed in the 1800s by the artisans and cab drivers of Brussels.
The Brussels Griffon makes a wonderful companion animal but they are not profuse in numbers as they are difficult to breed successfully.

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