We could describe the Brussels Griffon with only two words - tiny toy. But for those who do not know him well, it is best to read the lines below.
Homeland of the Brussels Griffon is Brussels, Belgium. In the 80s of the 19th century, he was brought to England and America. His main purpose was to protect the carriages and stables from rodents. Today the Brussels Griffon is a good company and a house guard. For the first time the breed was registered in the AKC in 1910.
The Brussels Griffon reaches 20-30 cm in height, and weighs about 3-5kg. This little dog has two varieties - shaggy griffon and smooth coat griffon. The first variety has a brittle, hard coat and the second - short and dense. The color of the coat is black, red or black and tan with white patterns. These dogs have bulging eyes and calm expression.
Character and behavior
Alert and intelligent, the Brussels Griffon is a delightful dog toy and an ideal companion. Energetic and curious, this is a dog that can be funny and playful, but could also be happy while sitting in the lap of his owner.
The puppy is obedient, but does not like to be teased. This breed is suitable for owners with experience in growing dogs. Griffons sometimes can be jealous, especially when it comes to toys and food.
Training and education
The Brussels Griffon is an independent animal and there may be manipulative traits in his character, but at the same time is sensitive, intelligent and always fun to be around. Dressage would not be a problem if you are confident enough and use the right methods of training, but the creation of the domestic habits of the griffon may cause you difficulties.
The lifespan of the Brussels Griffon is around 12-15 years. There are a number of health problems that are associated with the breed - fainting, heart problems, cataracts and others. It is necessary to make sure that the parents of puppies for sale have OFA and CERF certificates. The important thing you need to know is that these dogs cannot withstand heat and can easily get a heat stroke. The cold is also a problem for the puppies and their owners should not leave them outdoors without protection.
Grooming and care
The maintenance requirements of the Brussels griffon depend on the variety of your puppy. Griffon with brittle hair needs more care – brushing at least twice a week and cutting the hair around the but due to hygienic reasons. Dogs with a smooth coat could be combed occasionally.
Children and other pets
This dog gets along well with children, but it is better to be among older and educated ones, because smaller and lush kids can hurt him.
When it comes to strangers Brussels Griffon can be friendly or nervous depending on his nature. He behaves nicely with other animals, although can become aggressive if he feels provoked by foreign dogs.
The Brussels Griffon was best known at the time of Queen Henrietta Maria, who honored the breed by bringing the pets with her all the time.
During the First and Second World War, the breed almost disappeared and specialists think that its rescue was a miracle.
Images of the ancestors of the Brussels griffon can be seen on one of the paintings of Jean Van Eyck „detachment Arnolfini" painted in 1434 year. The lane, located in the London National Gallery, depicted cloudy little puppy with long tousled coat. This dog is a full copy of today's Brussels griffon. Another picture confirms the antiquity of griffons - a portrait of Henry III with a puppy painted by Jacob December Empoli / 1554-1640 /.