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Griffon Bruxellois (Short/rough coat)

The Griffon Bruxellois dog breed comes in two types: rough- or smooth-coated. The distinctive feature of a Griffon is its Pug-like face. The nose is quite short and turned up. Large, prominent eyes are another Pug-like feature as is the undershot jaw. This has led some people to liken the Griffon dog face to a monkey. This dog comes in red, black, or black and tan. Adults measure 18-20cm and weigh 2-5kg.

The need-to-know
  • Dog suitable for non-experienced owners
  • Basic training required
  • Enjoys gentle walks
  • Enjoys walking half an hour a day
  • Little toy dog
  • Minimum drool
  • Requires grooming every other day
  • Non hypoallergenic breed
  • Chatty and vocal dog
  • Guard dog. Barks and alerts
  • May require training to live with other pets
  • May require training to live with kids
Two Griffon Bruxellois are standing

Personality

The Griffon dog is not suggested as a companion for children, as their sometimes rough play can be misconstrued and make the dog fearful and unpredictable around children. Griffons can be stubborn but they are quick to learn and have been trained to do very well in various dog sports. They like to be close to their owner and can be destructive if left alone for long periods of time.

Griffon Bruxellois is lying on the road

History and Origins

The Griffon Bruxellois is a Belgian breed that was created in the 19th century by crossing Affenpinschers, Pugs and Belgian stable dogs. Hansom cab drivers needed a small, intelligent dog to guard their cabs and dispense with vermin in the stables. The toughness of the street dogs, mixed with the cleverness of the Affenpinschers, proved useful to the cab drivers. Later, English Toy Spaniels were bred in to create an almost human-like face for the Griffon dog and possibly some Yorkshire Terrier was added into the mix.

Dog with red collar looking out the window
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