Brussels Griffons

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Brussels Griffons come from Belgium, as the name implies. With a strong, terrier-like temperament and the face of a little old man, they are cheerful and self-confident and make excellent watch-dogs.

They are either short coated, (also called a Braboncon) or wire coated and can be various shades of brown, black and tan or black. The wire coated variety requires regular stripping or clippering. 


Developed from the Affenpinscher and a Belgian street dog resembling a heavy-set Fox Terrier, they were used in stables as clever and independent rat catchers. They have a charming personality and do well in apartments but need vigorous daily walks.

Brussels were popularized in the late 19th century by the artist Mary Cassatt who owned, bred and painted them, specializing in the black and tan wire variety.

By the Numbers

Size: 8 to 10 pounds.
Coat Care: 4 – low. The short-coated variety only needs a bath after an encounter with a skunk or a mud hole. The wire coated variety needs regular stripping or clippering.

The wire coat has the typical "old man whiskers" of the breed.

Trainability: 7 – medium. They learn easily but are quite independent. 
Energy level: 7. They are a highly adaptable dog but do enjoy plenty of exercise.

Good with Children: 6 – medium. They do well with older, gentle children 
Noise level: medium to high – 7: They alert quickly to strangers and can be noisy.

Low Shedding/hypoallergenic: – 4, low. The wire coated variety sheds very little, while the short-coats do shed some. 

To get a better idea of what kind of breeder to look for, check out:

What is a Responsible Breeder.

And to make sure you have what it takes, read What Makes a Responsible Pet Owner. To get more information or to find a puppy, contact the American Brussels Griffon Association.

Brussels Griffons make good kid dogs, as long as they are raised to respect wiggly children -- and the kids are raised to respect them.

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