These interesting looking dogs (think: Chewbacca meets the Gremlins) are true characters. And while aesthetically, they’re not for everyone…they’ve got great personalities. No, really! Just get to know a Brussels Griffon and the breed will likely grow on you. Compact but not delicate, these dogs make great family companions.
Like most breeds, these small, energetic dogs need to be walked every day–30 minutes to an hour should do the trick. They are talented climbers, but by tiring them out you may reduce your odds of coming home to find them on top of your fridge. Runs in the dog park are a great way to release energy.
With regular brushing, shedding can be kept to a minimum for rough-coated Brussels. For the smooth-coated type you can expect heavier shedding two times a year.
Barking and Volume:
Brussels Griffons have a tendency to bark.
These little dogs are confident and can be very assertive, but they are eager to please and easy to train. You should be fine teaching them the basics yourself if you are clear and consistent.
Health Factors: Hip dysplasia and patellar luxation. Their prominent eyes can get scratched or irritated, rather easily.
*A responsible breeder can help minimize the risk of genetic disorders.
Grooming: Professional grooming every three months is recommended.
Training: A manageable do-it-yourselfer.
Smooth-coated Brussles Griffons require only occasional brushing to remove loose hair. Rough coats require more upkeep—brushing two or three times a week and shaping at the groomer every three months.
Brussles Griffons are generally good with youngsters, but due to their small size prefer the company of older children and teenagers.
Friendliness: Towards Animals
Usually good with other dogs and smaller animals.
Friendliness: Towards People
Brussels Griffons are very self-important and can be a tad snobbish with strangers. Give them a chance to warm up and they will soon be their usual entertaining selves.
BE PREPARED FOR: An entertaining, spunky little dog with a knack for getting into trouble.