Brussel Griffon

Description

The Brussel Griffon is an average-sized breed with a compact and well-muscled body. The breed has a coat of two types. The most common type is a wiry coat similar in texture to a Terrier’s coat. This type is rough to the touch and thick. The other type of coat this breed may have is the complete opposite. Instead of being rough, the coat is soft and smooth. This softer coat tends to be shorter than the wiry coat. The breed has a unique mustache and beard that give it a distinguished look. The ears are small in size and stand erect on its head. Its head is larger than average and is round in shape. The breed has a neck that is not too long. The neck transitions to its back that is strong and level. The breed’s legs are muscular. The front legs are straight under the breed. From its profile, the back legs are seen as well angled.

Temperament

Very few breeds can compare to the high-spirited Brussels Griffon. This breed is more energetic than most breeds. It has self-assurance of a watchdog, but also has a playful side that is compatible with children. However, this breed should not be left alone with very young or small children. Its energy level is not easily controlled and it could become excited to the point of scaring or injuring a child in its family. Barking may be a problem with this breed. It typically gets along with other dogs.

Height and Weight

The Brussels Griffon stands 9-11 inches tall and weighs 8-10 pounds.

Health Problems

The Brussel Griffon is a healthy breed. There are no serious health problems associated with this breed. However, on rare occasions, the breed may develop patellar luxation.

Ideal Living Conditions

The Brussel Griffon adapts to both indoor and outdoor living conditions. Since this breed is very active, it is best to allow it to alternate between both living conditions. The breed will do fine in a small to average size yard.

Exercise

The Brussel Griffon is a breed with a high energy level. It should be exercised on a regular basis. Playing with the breed or taking it for a walk are examples of the types of physical exercise this breed needs.

Life Expectancy

The Brussel Griffon has an average life expectancy of 12-15 years.

Litter Size

The Brussel Griffon has an average of 1-3 puppies.

Grooming

The amount of grooming that is required for the Brussel Griffon depends on the type of coat. Types with the softer coat only require infrequent brushing. Types with a coarse coat need to be brushed more often. This coat type also should be trimmed and stripped by a professional groomer.

Origin

The Brussel Griffon was developed in Belgium in the late 1880s.

Group

Terrier

Color

The Brussel Griffon is typically a combination of red and brown. Other acceptable colors for the breed include solid colors of light brown and black and a combination of black and light brown. The breed may have markings of reddish-brown and a black mask.