Brussels Griffon

Toy Group

Brussels Griffon dog lying down in front of white background

Height at Shoulders

7-10 in

Weight

8-10 lbs

Life Expectancy

12-15 yrs

History

The Brussels Griffon originated in Brussels in the early 1800's, bred by coachmen to keep rats out of their stables. In the 1870's, Henrietta Maria, Queen of the Belgians, took a liking to them and boosted their popularity amongst the upper class. Kennel keepers refined the Brussels Griffon to make the body smaller and face more human-like.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Brussels Griffons will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★☆

★★★★★

★★★☆☆

★★★★☆

★★★☆☆

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★★★★★

★☆

★★★☆

★☆

Intelligence

★★★★


Affection Towards Family

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★★


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★★★☆


Exercise Needs

★★★☆☆


Energy Level


Sensitivity

★★★★★


Noise Level

★☆


Prey Drive

★★★☆


Shedding

★☆

Common Traits

Cheerful, lively, and goofy

Very affectionate and want lots of attention in return- usually bond especially close with one family member

Vocal dogs that will bark at almost everything

Known to be "velcro dogs", following you around the house and begging for attention if ignored

Can be stubborn, bossy, and difficult to train