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|Country of Origin||Belgium|
|Type of coat||Rough: Harsh, wiry. Smooth: soft, smooth.|
|Grooming||The smooth coat needs brushing two to three times a week. The rough coat needs to be hand stripped by a professional groomer.|
|Average height||7 - 8 inches|
|Average weight||6 - 12 lbs.|
|Watchdog||High, reserved with strangers.|
|Intelligence||High, Obedience - Low, Problem Solving - Very High|
|Trainability||Training 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 children||Yes, older children who help train are okay.|
|Ideal home environment||Apartment is suitable if regular exercise is provided.|
|Ideal owner||Owners should be patient, precise and enjoy a busy, amusing dog.|
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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.
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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