The Brussels Griffon may actually be referring to three varieties of Griffon: the Griffon Bruxellois, the Betit Brabancon, and the Griffon Belge. These are all identical in body shape but differ in coat color and length. In the U.S., only the Brussels Griffon is recognized and the different coats lengths and colors are considered varieties within the same breed. These dogs are small but not pampered. Their expressions are often categorized as almost human.
History of the Breed:
The Brussels Griffon was named after the city of Brussels, Belgium where they were developed from the Affenpinscher and the Belgian street dog. The dogs made good ratters and watchdogs. The breed is considered to be rare. One was featured in the movie, "As Good As It Gets."
The Brussels Griffon is a lively small dog that is not a typical pampered small breed. It has a cheerful terrier-like personality. This dog makes an excellent companion if not overly coddled or allowed to become the pack leader (which is a temptation with such a personable, expressive tiny dog.) Gets along with other dogs, cats, and children if socialized well. May be difficult to housebreak. These dogs often bond especially well to one person, so care must be exercised to socialize them with many types of people and situations.
Care and Health:
Breed Club Links: National Brussels Griffon Club
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Photos courtesy of Ger Dekker.