Handsome, Loyal, and Keen to Please!
If you are single, a senior citizen, or a city dweller, the Brussels Griffon would be the ideal pet. They are confident, enthusiastic, and are commonly kept indoors due to their size. If any owner is looking for a dog that needs a lot of attention and affection, the Brussels Griffon would be a perfect match. They are very curious, so it is important to ensure they get the playtime that they need.
Behavior common of the Brussels Griffon
Less noted for their aggression, the Brussels Griffons are strongly affectionate and love to cuddle. While they are not hostile in any way, they are emotionally sensitive, so it is important to socialize them in an early age, especially with children. They tend to bond with only one master, so patience for anyone outside of that is something to be aware of.
They are okay with other smaller pets, such as cats, ferrets, and other small dogs. Because of their high energy, they have a more difficult realizing that their size may affect those that they play with. In addition to this, they may also try to match the mindset and weight of a bigger dog, and in fact, try to fight with them. This is a display of a dog with a huge heart and a load of confidence contained in a small body. Because of their energy and attachment to one person, they are not ideal as a family pet.
Appearance of the Brussels Griffon (Rough)
Brussels Griffons come in both long and short hair, that can also be wiry or smooth. Their hair can be black/brown, brown, red, or a mixture of any of the aforementioned.
The more notable features other than their fur is their slightly squashed in faces that look like monkeys (or, even more comparable to Ewoks, the creatures from Star Wars.) They also have triangular drooping ears.
They vary in size, from 9-11 inches, and 8-10 pounds. They are thick-boned, sturdy, and compact.
Their faces have a tendency to display almost human-like expressions, making them a particular favourite for dog breeders.
Grooming your Brussels Griffon (Rough)
Like other smaller breeds of dogs, the first and foremost focus of grooming for style is the head of the dog. Most owners prefer to shape the fur around the head and neck in a mane, similar to that of a lion.
The remainder of the dog can be combed and brushed as normal (twice a week), with trimming of both the fur and the nails.
They live from twelve to fifteen years old, and like many other breeds of dogs, display a series of health problems. These include hip dysplasia, cataract problems in old age, and bladder issues. However, with several trips to the veterinarian and proper tests, they should live a relatively healthy life.
History of the Brussels Griffon
Named after the city of Brussels in Belgium, they were bred to eliminate rodents in the stables that they lived in. They are a mix of the German Affenpinscher and the Belgian Street Dog. Later on, they first were attempted as dogs to scare carriage robbers away. However, because of both their size and enthusiasm, they wound up sitting in carriages as riding companions and raised business for the people driving.