FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 


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  1. What breeds did the Brussels Griffon originate from?
  2. What is their general appearance?
  3. How much grooming is required?
  4. What is the life span?
  5. Are they easy to train?
  6. What health problems does the breed have?
  7. How hearty is the Brussels Griffon?
  8. Is this a breed for everyone?

What breeds did the Brussels Griffon originate from?

It is known that the Belgium street dog similar to a German Affenpinscher, the Pug, and the English Toy Spaniel are in the background.  Depending on which publication you read you will find mixed opinions on the other breeds involved in the making of the Brussels Griffon.  Some think the Yorkshire Terrier is in the background due to the silky heads that some of the Griffs have. 

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What is their general appearance?

The breed standard in the U.S. is 8-12 pounds. There are some smaller dogs being shown and some pet owners report sizes up to 28 pounds although that is undesirable to most breeders. 

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How much grooming is required?

The smooth coated griffon only needs bathing, brushing and very little trimming.
The rough coated griffon needs to be hand stripped if the desired wiry coat is to be maintained. Griffons not being shown are sometimes trimmed with clippers but the coat softens and lightens in color.

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What is the life span?

With proper care most Brussels Griffons will live well into their teens.

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Are they easy to train?

The Brussels Griffon is extremely intelligent and can be a little stubborn to train due to their intelligence. They will try to train you before you get them trained and very often they will accomplish their feat. They will test you to see how far they can get. 

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What health problems does the breed have?

Toy breeds sometimes have luxating patellas (slipped kneecaps), cataracts, hip dysplasia, cleft palates, seizures and heart murmurs. 

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How hearty is the Brussels Griffon?

They are sometimes called a big dog in a small package. The Brussels Griffon can and will do anything that a large breed dog will do.  I refer to them as a Terrier in a body of a Toy Dog.

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Is this a breed for everyone?

The Brussels Griffon is like a two year old child.  They get into mischief on a regular basis.  A person must have lots of love, time, and patience to enjoy this darling little creature.

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If you have comments or suggestions, email me at Cheryl@brusselsgriffon.com