Griffon Bruxellois Info & Griffon Bruxellois Breeders
The name Griffon Bruxellois (pronounced Griffon Broos-ell-wa) means a rough-coated dog from Brussels. They are a small cobby dog that developed in Belgium. The Griffon is a small, sturdy dog and should weigh between 3.2 – 5.5 kg. They come in rough and smooth coats and in 3 colours- red, black and black & tan. Griffons can trace their ancestry back over 600 years with the modern Griffon going back for 200 years. This means that when you buy a purebred pedigreed dog you know the type of personality to expect.
Griffon Bruxellois Temperament
The Griffon is a well-balanced little dog, alert, proud, very watchful. Neither timid nor aggressive. The Griffon is a very loveable little dog. They are very loyal and devoted to their owner. They tend to select one person in a family to be their favourite. They want to be with the people they love and they follow you everywhere.
Griffons need to be with people. Because of this they are not a dog that can be left alone for hours in a yard. They are lively, with a happy outgoing personality and they love going out and about with their owners. They get on well with other animals.
The ideal owner for a Griffon
Owners of Griffons vary in style. Older people are excellent as they have the time to spend with them as they do not like to be alone. Families with older children can have lots of fun with their cheeky personality! Singles who have the flexibility to work from home or take a Griff to work are very devoted owners. They do best with older considerate children.
Training and Socialisation for Griffon Bruxellois
They are ideal as city dogs because they are small enough to take anywhere and some really do like to travel in a bag. They love to go to coffee shops and watch the passers by.
Griffons are very intelligent and respond to positive training methods but can be stubborn if the owner tries to force them into something they don't' want. They are playful with other dogs and even cats.
How much space and exercise does a Griffon need?
Griffons are a great apartment dog as do not need a lot of space. They will be ok without a yard. Griffons love to be part of the family activities, and because of this, they cannot be left alone for hours in a yard. They are an ideal house dog and can also fit well into apartments as long as they get some regular outdoor exercise.
Care: The Griffon is a short nosed breed. This means that they feel the heat and should never be exercised in hot weather. It is important that they always have somewhere cool in summer with plenty of water so that they do not over heat.
Griffon Bruxellois and Grooming
Rough coated Griffons do not shed coat which is why they are often popular as pets with people who have allergies. But like every single dog breed in existence, they do change coat. This is how a dog regulates their body from summer to winter. At the end of summer/beginning of Autumn they will change from their summer coat into the heavier winter coat. At the end of winter and early Spring, they will change from the heavy winter coat into a lighter summer coat. Rough coat Griffons will need maintenance to look smart with the correct harsh coat, therefore have to be hand stripped or clipped off. Their nose rolled trimmed and feet, nails, bottom, tail, and ears attended to.
Even after a clip it is important to give the dog some vigorous brushing to loosen any dead hairs remaining. Washing the Griffon and giving a vigorous massage as you lather can also be beneficial to loosen the dead coat and promote healthy new coat growth. Smooth coats take little grooming and need only a wash and feet, nails, tail, and ears attended to. Petit Brabancon, smooth coats, shed seasonally.
Show Griffons need to be hand stripped in order to maintain the correct coat texture and colour.
Potential Health Issues in Griffon Bruxellois
A Griffon bought from an ethical reputable breeder and loved and well cared for by their owner, will generally have a long and healthy life of 14 years or more.
Things to be aware of : Breathing: Griffons are a brachycephalic breed; Slipping Patella; Eye issues: ulcers and cataracts.
Griffons are difficult to breed and dams often require Cesaerian section for whelping.
How much does a Griffon Bruxellois cost?
At the moment (mid 2020) a reputable ethical breeder in Australia is charging $4500 for a healthy, pedigree Griffon Bruxellois.
Griffon Bruxellois General Facts and Information
Griffons are in the Toy Group. The head is large in comparison to the body. The nose is black, set at the same level as the eyes. Nose leather is broad with wide-open nostrils. The muzzle is relatively short and wide, neat lips, with good turn-up. Chin is prominent, in roughs furnished with a beard. In Australia, the ears are not cropped, or tails docked.
Weight: 2.5-5.5 kg
Coat: Rough or Smooth coats( Petit Brabancon) Colours: Griffons come in red, solid black and Black and Tan.
Fun Facts about Griffon Bruxellois
- They can act like spoilt aristocrats being stubborn and then a complete about face displaying love and sensitivity.
- In terms of numbers, they are a very small rare breed and breeders receive far more enquiries than they have puppies. If you are lucky enough to find a puppy then you will not be sorry, they are a totally loveable dog with a character all of their own.
- Griffons are addictive almost everyone who starts with one ends up with 2 or 3 or.... They are As Good as it Gets!
- Petit Brabancon needs less grooming.
- Griffons make good watch dogs and can be taught to perform tricks.
- They have an almost human facial expression which has earned them the nickname “ monkey face.”
Special thanks to Jane Wistuba - Beaufox Kennels for help with this breed information and photos.
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