Brussels Griffon

History/Evolution:

The Brussels Griffon originated in Belgium in the early 1800s, the result of crossing the Affenpinscher and the Belgian street dog. The breed’s cocky demeanor served it well as a guard of cabs in Brussels, attracting customers and deterring robbers. It was crossed with the Pug in the late 1800s, accounting for the head type and the breed’s smooth-coated individuals, known as Petit Brabancon. Recognized by the AKC in 1910, the Brussels Griffon is known for its sensitive nature and comical ways.


Size:

Small, 9 to 11 inches, 8 to 10 pounds.

Color:

Red, beige, black and tan, black.

Temperament:

Intelligent and confident, sometimes to the point of self-importance. Usually enjoys other pets; protects with a fierce bark. May experience separation anxiety.

Energy level:

Low to medium.

Best owner:

Upbeat, patient trainer; a family, preferably with older children.

Needs:

Exercise and mental stimulation, fenced yard, some brushing, patience with housetraining.

Life expectancy:

12 to 15 years.