Griffon Bruxellois

Other name: Brussels Griffon

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The Griffon Bruxellois is a sturdy little companion dog, with good bone, elegant appearance and almost human expression. He is one of the small Belgian dogs, along with the Griffon Belge and the Petit Brabançon. It differs from the latter by its harder and longer coat.



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Hypoallergenic breed Hypoallergenic breed

Hair type Half-long
Origin Belgium
Template Small
Head shape Round
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 3 kg to 6 kg From 23 cm to 27 cm
Male From 3 kg to 6 kg From 23 cm to 27 cm
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History of the breed

Like its 2 close cousins (the Belgian Griffon and the Petit Brabançon), the Brussels Griffon is descended from a small wire-haired dog: the Smousje . The latter finds its origins in the Brussels region. The Griffon Bruxellois benefited from contributions from other small breeds, such as the King Charles Spaniel Ruby and the Carlin, to get closer to its current standard. 2 Griffons Bruxellois named Topsy and Foxine are the first representatives of the breed to be registered in the St. Hubert Book of Origins in 1883. The Griffon Bruxellois subsequently enjoyed great success in the kingdom and elsewhere in the world. It was definitively recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) on October 26, 1954. Its official FCI standard in force was published in March 2003.

Griffon Bruxellois Pictures

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Physical features

His coat: double (top coat and undercoat),   hard, of medium length, but not too much so as not to alter the silhouette of the dog. Slightly wavy, but not curly.
Its color: red, russet, with possibly a little black on the head.
His head: rather large compared to the body, displaying an almost human expression, covered with a harsh and tousled hair, rather thick above the eyes, on the muzzle, the cheeks and the chin. The skull is broad and round, the stop very marked, the forehead is well rounded. The nose is very black, wide and the nostrils well open. The jaw is characterized by lower prognathism.
His ears: small in size, set high, set wide apart, semi-erect and falling forward.
His eyes: large, well rounded, wide apart, brown in color (as dark as possible), bordered in black. The white of the eyeball is not visible.
His body: writable in a square, powerful. The withers are slightly extended, the back straight and strong, the loins short and muscular, the croup wide and very slightly sloping, the chest wide, the belly slightly raised.
Its tail: attached and carried high, with the point directed towards the back, but never curled.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Griffon Bruxellois is a happy , intelligent , proud and curious dog. Very attached to his master , never fearful or aggressive, he is particularly alert. He gets along quite well with children and other dogs.

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the   Griffon Bruxellois is relatively easy to train . Provided, of course, to do it early and to know how to combine firmness and affection. He simply needs his master to be the leader of the pack to be reframed and become an excellent companion dog.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

Companion dog above all else, the Griffon Bruxellois appreciates being able to stay close to his master and his family. It is perfectly suited to apartment living, but also to a rural environment.


Ease of gaining weight


Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size


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Life expectancy

The life expectancy of a Griffon Bruxellois is, on average, less than 0 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The Griffon Bruxellois remains subject to moderate moulting with just as slight hair loss . Her dress requires a minimum of maintenance to maintain its appearance and cleanliness.

It is recommended to brush the dog every week , or even more often during the moult. A few grooming sessions can be done, especially for hair removal.

Price and budget

Purchase price

1000 €
1500 €

The purchase price of a Griffon Bruxellois is between € 1,000 and € 1,500.

Annual maintenance cost


The annual maintenance cost of a Griffon Bruxellois is between NC and NC.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

He just needs a good daily outing , supplemented with a little exercise. He is not a huge athlete, but must still be able to exercise regularly.


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