Introducing the Brussels Griffon

Belgium has produced several breed of dogs that have become very popular across the globe including Griffon Belge, Petit Brabancon and the Brussels Griffon. The latter is a small breed of dog that is identical to the other two even though coat and color differs.

All the three are believed to have descended from a small terrier dog that was kept for its efficiency in hunting down rodents. The Brussels Griffon performs very well as a house pet. It makes a good companion dog. It grows to attain a height of between 7 and 8 inches and can weigh between 8 and 10 pounds. It has a life span of between 10 and 15 years.

Appearance

The Brussels Griffon can have a red, black, red/brown or tan coat. It can have white hair on its muzzle. The coat can be smooth or rough and dense. It has a large rounded skull with a domed forehead. The eyes are also large and appear to set apart. It however has small ears set high on the forehead. Its body appears to be square in shape. Unlike other small breed of dogs, the Brussels Griffon is powerfully built with its front legs standing straight and very muscular.

Temperament

The Brussels Griffon is a vey intelligent and affectionate dog. It remains alert, but very cheerful most of the time. It constantly seeks attention and tends to develop a close relationship with a family member it considers his/her master. This breed of dog is always curious and will want to understand its surrounding. Although it gets along very well with other house pets, it has a tendency to dominate other pets including those larger in size.

Health

Although the Brussels Griffon has no known heredity health problems, it has several health issues. It is highly susceptible to such eye problems as lacerations, cataracts and glaucoma. These must be addressed in good time to prevent blindness. This breed of dog has a short muzzle, which causes respiratory problems when exposed to heat for a long time.

A serious health problem with this breed of dog is what is referred to as Syringomyelia. This is a brain and spine condition associated with severe pain and in some cases paralysis. The condition is brought about by fluid filling spinal cord cavities.

Care

Because of its curiosity and playful nature, the Brussels Griffon requires close monitoring especially when in the presence of small children. Because it can have a rough coat, regular grooming is necessary. Brush the dog twice per week and every three months you can trim it. Regular bath and proper nutrition is required to prevent occurrence of common diseases. Daily walking is beneficial for the dog and the dog will love to get out there with you.
If you feel that the Brussels Griffon is the right kind of dog for you, find a breeder that is local to you and go take a look at some puppies. Be sure that the breeder has excellent references, as you want your puppy to come from a loving and respectable home.