Brussels Griffon Dog Breed

The Brussels Griffon is a robust Belgian breed distinguished by a facial expression that is nearly human.


The energetic, perceptive, and sensitive Brussels Griffon does not enjoy spending extended periods of time alone. They make beautiful companions for adults and make fantastic watchdogs thanks to their personality and commitment.

The Brussels Griffon, an active indoor dog, can live peacefully in an apartment but still need daily walks.


The almost human-like faces of Brussels Griffons, who belong to the Toy group, set them apart. They have the appearance of comically serious little guys with their big eyes, short muzzles, and unkempt beards and moustaches.


12 to 15 years

Colour Collection

The coat of a Brussels Griffon can be red, beige, black, or black and tan.

Hair fall

The coat of a Brussels Griffon can be either rough or smooth.

The seasonal shedding of smooth-coated Griffons, which typically lasts for a week or two in the spring and fall, calls for regular brushing. This will keep Griffs with smooth coats well kept, along with the occasional bath.

Griffons with a rough coat don’t shed. With the exception of their distinctive beards, their coats are typically trimmed short by their owner or a groomer.


Due in part to responsible breeders who check for conditions including heart problems, cataracts, patella luxation, and hip dysplasia, Brussels Griffons are typically healthy dogs. Griffons typically snore and can have breathing issues in hot or humid weather because of their flat faces.

Breed History

Early in the nineteenth century, coachmen in Brussels raised powerful tiny terrier dogs to manage the rodent populations in their horse stables. This resulted in the development of the Brussels Griffon breed as we know it today. These dogs, which were generally Affenpinscher-like, were called griffons d’ecurie or “wire-coated stable dogs.”

Due to a paucity of recorded breeding records, it is impossible to establish the Griffon’s breed pedigree; nonetheless, it has been suggested that the Pug, English Toy Spaniel, an ancient Belgian breed known as the Brabancon, and possibly the Yorkshire Terrier may have been some of his forebears.

Henrietta Maria, Queen of the Belgians, was instrumental in the Griffon’s social advancement from the stables to the royal court. The dog-loving king fell in love with the breed, securing its protection.

It is a location steeped in history and grandeur.

The Queen’s court and upper classes adopted griffons overnight, and subsequent breeding improvements produced canines with smaller bodies and more human-like faces. The popularity of the breed spread beyond of Belgium, introducing Griffons to England and America.


The American Kennel Club (AKC) first recognised the Brussels Griffon in 1910. This breed was able to survive the two world wars that wiped off a large portion of its population because of the efforts of breed lovers in the United States and Great Britain.


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