AKC PuppyFinder: Brussels Griffon Puppies

Breed Traits
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  • Personality: Alert, curious, and loyal
  • Energy Level: Somewhat Active; Griffs are spunky and love to play and to share long, daily walks with their owners
  • Good with Children: Better with Supervision
  • Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Weekly
  • Trainability: Responds Well
  • Height: 7-10 inches
  • Weight: 8-10 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-15 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
Breed Description
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If you think that toy dog breeds are docile, pampered lap dogs, you haven't met the Brussels Griffon. Bred from terriers who excelled as ratters, the breed is charming, trainable and absolutely devoted to his people. He thrives on interaction, activity and mental stimulation. His small size makes him a good apartment dweller as long as you give him a chance burn off some energy. Your Brussels Griffon puppy will take easily to training, even learning tricks. He's extremely social and needs time with his family, so will be happiest in a family that's home most of the time.

History & Job
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Origin: Belgium

Year Recognized: 1910

Breed History & Job Description: Since you’re probably wondering: This dog got its name from the city, not the sprout. Developed in Brussels, Griffs were bred from a combination of the Affenpinscher and a Belgian street dog, as well as the Pug and the Ruby Spaniel. Some believe they may have a bit of the spunky Yorkshire Terrier in them as well. They were used to catch rats in the stables of horse-drawn cabs (and often rode alongside the driver), but eventually their endearing personality paved their way into households and later overseas to the United States.

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There is always a possibility of congenital (present at birth but not necessarily heritable) or genetic (heritable) defects in any living creature and that includes Griffons. Brussels Griffons should be checked as puppies and adults for heart problems, eye defects such as cataracts, and orthopedic problems such as patella luxation (slipping knee caps) and hip dysplaysia.

Read the Official Breed Club Health Statement.


Recommended Health Tests from the National Breed Club:

  • Ophthalmologist Evaluation
  • Patella Evaluation
  • Hips Evaluation
Breed Club
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  • Breed Club: American Bussels Griffon Association
  • Breed Club Link: https://abga.club/
  • Breed Standard: View
  • Group: Toy
  • 2016 Popularity: 97
  • Breed Referral Contact: Katherine Braukman - 727-789-9666
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  • Breed Club Rescue: National Brussels Griffon Rescue, Inc.
  • Breed Club Rescue Email: vboneill@optonline.net (Vicki O'Neill)
  • Breed Club Rescue Phone: 203-219-4380
  • Breed Club Rescue Link: http://www.brusselsgriffonrescue.org/
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