This toy dog breed got its name from its place of origin: Brussels, Belgium.
The Brussels Griffon or Griffon Bruxellois was originally bred for hunting vermin in countryside homes and ranches, but its funny and dignified personality quickly made this dog very popular as a companion dog.
The spunky Brussels griffon is full of itself, brimming with self-confidence and gusto. It is bold, playful, stubborn and mischievous. It is usually good with other dogs and pets. It tends to bark and climb, and some Brussels griffons can be escape artists. This breed makes a saucy companion for a family wanting an entertaining, sensitive pet.
The breed has three variations: the Belgian Griffon, Brussels Griffon and the Petit Brabançon, all descending from the same small, vermin hunting dog. This was their original purpose, but they quickly became very popular as companion dogs, because of their curious and cheerful personalities. They were even popular among the nobility of the 19th century.
These dogs are usually nicknamed «monkey face» because of the similarity between their face and the human appearance. Their faces are quite expressive mainly due to their big, round eyes, so they may become really spoiled if you don’t display proper leadership.
The Brussels Griffon, also known as the Griffon Belge, and Griffon Bruxellois gained its name from its place of origin in Brussels, Belgium. The Brussels Griffon is one of three variations of Griffon, the other two being the Belgian Griffon and the Petit Brabancon. The Brussels Griffon is the only one of the three that is currently recognized by the American Kennel Club.
They are perfect dogs for the right owners: they demand a lot of time and attention, but also a firm leader, who is able to set clear rules. These affectionate dogs would keep acting like children for a long time and also live quite long, so only consider this breed if you can commit to a long-time relationship.
These energetic little dogs have high exercise demands, so make sure you take them out for at least 30 minutes of intense play daily. They adapt well to apartment life if given enough exercise, but the best home for them would be a house with at least a small yard.
There are two types of coats in a Griffon Bruxellois: rough and smooth.
Very important, only consider adopting such a dog if you can take a long time commitment, as they easily live up to 15 years old or even above!