Brussels Griffon


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.


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


Red, beige, black and tan, black.


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.


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

Life expectancy:

12 to 15 years.