Brussels Griffon Dogs

Griffons are intelligent and lively companions with tons of personality. Energetic and inquisitive, they will follow you around the house all day and then jump in your lap the moment you sit down. They love nothing more than a good long cuddle on the couch. They also love to be spoiled.

Brussels Griffon

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Quick Facts

  • 6 - 9 pounds
  • 9 - 11 inches

Ideal Human Companions

    • Retirees
    • Families
    • Singles
    • Experienced dog handlers

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Trademark Traits

    • Lively
    • Excitable
    • Energetic
    • Inquisitive
    • Friendly
    • Sensitive

What They Are Like to Live With

Brussels Griffons blend with the whole family—children and other pets included. They may seem a little aloof at times, but that quickly melts away—especially when the snuggling or games begin. They may have moments of headstrong bossiness, but nine times out of ten they’d rather get along and have fun.

Things You Should Know

Brussels Griffons need a lot of patience while being raised and trained. They can be shy, and their feelings can easily get hurt. Griffons need to feel like true members of the family—even if the family is just you. Lots of love and attention will make them happy, neglect or solitude will not.

These dogs do lots of running around indoors, making them a good apartment dog. A daily walk and game or two on the carpet will satisfy them. Small children should be taught to handle these dogs with care. Brussels Griffons can be fragile and sensitive when it comes to rough play.

A healthy Brussels Griffon can live as long as 15 years. Common health issues include respiratory problems, eye problems and issues while breeding and giving birth. Puppies, often delivered by Cesarean section, are very fragile. Rough-coated Griffons need a good daily brushing.

Brussels Griffon History

Brussels Griffons were originally bred in 19th century Belgium to help coachmen keep rats out of their stables. Brussels Griffons have long been categorized along with the Petit Brabançon and the Belgian Griffon, creating some confusion about their heritage. Some dog experts believe that, over time, crosses with the Affenpinscher, Ruby Spaniel and Pug caused these variations. The AKC, however, recognizes them as a single breed with different coat lengths.

The Look of a Brussels Griffon

Brussels Griffons have compact, thickset bodies with either rough or smooth coats. Their large, rounded heads have heavy beards and almost human-looking frowns. Their eyes are large, dark and widely set. Their ears are set high and their tails—normally docked—also point up. The rough variety has a coarse and wiry coat, while the smooth-coated Brussels Griffon—sometimes called a Petit Brabançon—has a short and glossy covering. They can come in black, black & tan, red and a tricolor of red, brown & black.

Talk About Brussels Griffons 

No two are the same!

My favorite breed is the Brussels Griffon. They are uncommon and are unique - no two are the same in appearance. What I notice most are their expressive facial features. My BG gets attention whenever we go out for a walk. Most people want to know what type of dog she is, then will comment on her cuteness...followed by how similar she looks to an "Ewok" or "Wookie."

Brussels Griffons have a big dog attitude in a small package. They are great watchdogs and will alert you to unfamiliar noises and they love to be near their owners. My BG tends to prefer adults over children. Her coat is easy to care for - very little shedding, which I appreciate. BGs don't need a lot of exercise, but they do like walks around the neighborhood and running around in a dog park is a real treat since they enjoy socializing with other dogs.

They can be trained with some patience - I've been able to teach my BG almost 10 tricks. I know my BG loves me very much just by looking into her eyes, the hard part is trying not to spoil her.

~Shirley E., owner of a Brussels Griffon

Very human expressions

I am so glad we decided to go with the Brussels Griffon breed! He will be five in January, and all the time we still marvel at how perfect of a dog he is.

They have such human-like expressions, but if you are considering this breed, please do be sensitive to how very sensitive (emotionally) they can be! You have to understand you are their world. When deciding which gender to go with, the advice our breeder gave us was that a female BG will love you, but a male will be in love with you.

~Elle, owner of a Brussels Griffon

A loving, compassionate buddy

I love my Brussels Griffon's compassion. When I sneeze, she comes running, and when I am tired and lie down, she is right there. She's also always ready for a game of catch. Since I am hard of hearing, she barks when the phone or the doorbell rings.

They make great companions. I brush her every day, especially in the summer months, and only have to take her to professional groomers twice a year. Other than that, I strip her myself every three months.

~Carol S., owner of a Brussels Griffon