The mischievous and playful Brussels Griffon is a compact breed of dog that is vigorous and enthusiastic. This terrier-like dog is cheerful and intelligent breed originally developed to hunt and kill rats. Self-sufficient this breed gets along well with other pets including dogs. The courageous Brussels are escape artists, they can jump over the fence and can dig down; they can climb to escape too. Lively and humorously cheeky pet this dog can prove ideal dog for active families. They make good watchdogs and can also be trained to perform tricks.
Solid and compact Brussels Griffons are square-proportioned sturdy dogs of small size. Flexible and powerful muscles aid them in good reach and drive. The gait is easy and moderate; its carriage is graceful and reflects its attitude. Sensible to human attractions, they achieve admiration and attention of human around them. The coat is hard and wiry with coarser look, longer near neck and head area. The breed is termed as ‘monkey face’, quite often and seems human-like in expressions.
The breed is developed in Belgium, most prominently by cross fertilization of Affenpinscher and Belgian street dogs, some evidences suggest the cross with fox terriers resulted in Brussel’s development. Early uses include rat catcher, vermin repellant and small game hunter in farm houses. With the pace of time the dog got prominent position in native houses. In 1880 the breed was established quite well, yet the need to cross with Yorkshire Terriers and English Toy Spaniels to reduce down in size was felt. During and after World War I the breed faced a great extinction but lucky to survive by the efforts of ardent breeders and dog lovers. The AKC officially recognized this breed in 1900.
Its charming and affectionate personality makes a perfect companion and valued house dog. The indoors life style of this toy breed is much suited for apartment livings yet need exercises. They can be greedy eaters and will get clumsy physique, monitoring of their food intakes is much important to control overfeeding. Some of its hard temperaments make it difficult to housetrain. They may develop small dog syndrome, do not let the dog to dominate the house rather, owner should act as leader of the house and do not give any chance to dog for such attitude.
Puppies are much demanding, thus need experienced owner to build positive norms in them. The breed is prone to some common behavioral problems which include obsessive barking, chewing, digging, snapping, biting and willfulness. The dog is untrustworthy sometimes and should not be trusted with children. Unlike Griffons, they tend lack in steadiness, confidence and obedience.
The active Brussels Griffon always seeks for any job to do. The little but highly energetic, they need regular physical and mental exercises for satisfaction. The activities can be scheduled in the yard of house in form of vigorous play, running and walk round ups. The small toy Brussels Griffons cannot survive outside, but can continue the activities with full zeal and zest within the yard. The hairs are well sported by body and shed minimum, the dog needs average efforts for grooming usually brushing twice a week is enough.
Owner Should Know
The toy Griffons would get overweight if the food intake is not monitored.
They need consistent and patient training; they tend to be a little stubborn.
They can alarm the owner for any threat to its family, usually they bark a lot, during socialization the dog should be taught not to bark without reasons.
Griffons may bite if treated roughly. Young kids should be avoided as the dog has very low tolerance against childish rowdy irritation. They tend to snap and growl, some can totally ignore children.
Small and very fine boned, they can be graded as fragile dogs; rough handling can damage the dog permanently.
The Griffons cannot tolerate severe cold and hot weathers; keep them indoors to an average temperature according to season.
Seek for reputed and trustworthy breeders and suppliers to get healthy puppies, ensure puppies are clinically checked and are disease free.