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Breed:

Brussels Griffon

Group (AKC):

Toy

Country of OriginBelgium
Type of coatRough: Harsh, wiry. Smooth: soft, smooth.
GroomingThe smooth coat needs brushing two to three times a week. The rough coat needs to be hand stripped by a professional groomer.
Average height7 - 8 inches
Average weight6 - 12 lbs.
Activity levelHigh
WatchdogHigh, reserved with strangers.
ProtectionLow
IntelligenceHigh, Obedience - Low, Problem Solving - Very High
TrainabilityTraining should start easy and needs to be consistent and precise. Although he is stubborn he is sensitive to being rushed or overbearing training techniques.
Compatibility with childrenYes, older children who help train are okay.
CharacterLively, obedient
Ideal home environmentApartment is suitable if regular exercise is provided.
Ideal ownerOwners should be patient, precise and enjoy a busy, amusing dog.
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Additional notes:

The Brussels Griffon who is also known as the Griffon Bruxellois, is a toy dog who is intelligent, alert, and has a terrier-like disposition. It attracts attention by his almost humanlike, quizzical expressions. There are two types of coats: rough & smooth (obviously). Both make fine companions. The Brussels Griffon has nothing whatsoever to do with Brussel Sprouts.

Short History:

Once it was the Belgian street urchin who was often found killing rats in stables. Bred with the Affenpinscher, Dutch Pug, and Ruby English Toy Spaniel, two types of coat were developed, the rough and smooth coat. It was imported to England and America in the mid 1880's.

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