Brussels GriffonThe Brussels Griffon is also known as: Belgian Griffon, Griffon Belge, Griffon Bruxellois
|Group classification: Toy||Country of origin: Belgium||Date of origin: 19th century|
|Weight (M): 8 - 10 lb||Height (M): 9 - 11"||Life expectancy: 13 - 15 years|
|Weight (F): 8 - 10 lb||Height (F): 9 - 11"|
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General Description of the Brussels Griffon
The Brussels Griffon is a short, thick Toy breed. Prominent black eyes are set far apart, large and wide, with what has been described as almost a humanlike expression of intelligence and energy. The high-set ears are small and high on the head. Whether or not they are cropped is the owner or breeder's choice. The skull is round and the forehead is domed. The nose is short and black, with large nostrils. Jaws are undershot, which means the lower incisors protrude over the upper. The gently arched neck is medium in length and leads to a level, short back and compact yet thick body. There are two different kinds of coats found on the Brussels Griffon, rough and smooth. The rough coat is wiry in texture, with no wooly or silky texture. The smooth coat is short and close to the body with no indication of wiriness. Coat color for the Brussels Griffon can be black, red, or black and tan. Some breeders refer to black Griffons as Belgian Griffons and reserve the Brussels Griffon title for red Griffons.
Brussels Griffon Temperament
The Brussels Griffon is intelligent, affectionate and at times stubborn. Their personality is often described as similar to that of a terrier. This breed makes an excellent companion because it always wants to be where its family members are. Brussels Griffons can be a bit nerrvous in temperament and sometimes hard to train. However, they make great watchdogs and don't need a whole lot of exercise. This makes them a great choice for people who want a small indoor dog. Because the Brussels Griffon can be rather high-strung they are not recommended for households with small children.
Caring for a Brussels Griffon
The grooming required for your Brussels Griffon will depend on the type of coat it has. For smooth coated dogs, very little grooming is required. Simply brush periodically and bathe when necessary. For wire coated Griffons, many owners choose to go to a professional groomer to have the coat hand stripped. Wire coats will need a bit more brushing than the smooth coated variety. One great thing about Brussels Griffons is that they shed very little. Make sure you keep your Brussels Griffon's nails trimmed, ears cleaned and vaccinations up to date. Exercise requirements for the Brussels Griffon are modest and can be satisfied with a short walk every day. The dog is generally very healthy, and the only health problems to really watch out for are eye problems such as cataracts, distichiasis and progressive retinal atrophy, canine hip dysplasia, patellar luxation and weak bladder.
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