Brussels Griffon (Toy Group)
A spunky and outgoing member of the Toy Group, the Brussels Griffon is as bold and mischievous as they come. These dogs live life brimming with confidence and unlike many overly suspicious toy breeds, they tend to befriend new dogs quite fast. Known to be creative escape artists, the Brussels Griffon has a habit of climbing. You and your family will have a blast owning one of these breeds if you enjoy a small, entertaining and interactive dog, of which also makes a loud and vocally menacing watchdog.
A Brief History Of The Brussels Griffon
The history of the Brussels Griffon dates back to the 1800s with Belgium being the area of origin. The original function of these anxious little dogs were as companions and small rodent hunting. Today they still enjoy being the center of attention as companions to loving families around the world.
Researchers claim that the bloodline of the breed probably came from the Belgian street dog (known as the Griffon d’ Ecurie) and the Affenpinscher. These dogs are said to have been seen as a favorite among cab drivers in Brussels, because they were great at attracting new visitors and warding off potential thieves.
Sometime during the latter part of the 1800s these dogs were crossed with one of Holland’s favorite small breeds at the time – the Pug. You can easily see Pug characteristics in today’s Brussels Griffon from the shape of its head.
The breed was officially established enough to be shown at Belgian dog shows by the year 1880. Around the turn of the 1900s, the dog’s popularity had skyrocketed in Belgium and the nobility took notice. World War I caused a great decline in numbers, but after the war the Brussels Griffon slowly rose back to new heights in popularity around the world.
Upkeep Requirements For The Brussels Griffon
To own and take care of a Brussels Griffon means enjoying a clownish, outgoing, and vivacious toy dog. They can be stubborn and very active so daily exercise and stimulation is a must. Due to the dog’s small size they can get plenty of exercise by running around the house.
This breed cannot live outside, but if given the chance to play during moderate temperatures in a fenced-in yard it will have the time of its life. Grooming requirements for the Brussels Griffon consist of an occasional brushing, perhaps only once per week to remove dead hair.
The average life span of the breed is between twelve and fifteen years. One of the healthiest breeds of the Toy Group, there are no major Health Concerns that run common, nor are there any minor issues that are regularly seen. On rare cases there have been patellar luxation, weak bladder, CHD, PRA, cataracts, and distichiasis. Veterinarians suggest that Brussels Griffon dogs get tested for potential eye and hip problems.