Life Span
A typical lifespan of a Brussels
Griffon is somewhere in the range
of 12-15 years.
The Brussels Griffon is named for the city of
their origin, Brussels, Belgium. History
indicates that they were used to
help keep rats away, Belgian coachmen
used to keep small terriers called Griffons d’
Ecurie in their stables. These
Affenpinscher-like dogs were friendly and
popular. At some point in the 1800s, these
coachmen bred their Griffons
with imported toy dogs, such as the Pug,
and the King Charles Spaniel, bringing about
the change in coat types that
lead to the Petits Brabançon, which was
originally a fault of the breed. The spaniels
also brought the rich red and
black and tan colour of the modern Griffon
Bruxellois and Griffon Belge.
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The smooth coat requires little grooming, but like many smooth coated breeds, it has a seasonal shed. The
rough coat does shed some and needs regular grooming. A Griffon headed for the show ring requires
stripping to maintain texture, color, and that typical Brussels Griffon appearance. Pets that are not hand
stripped need to be clipped 3-4 times a year to maintain a neat look. Grooming a Brussels Griffon for a pet :
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The Griffon Bruxellois grew in popularity in the late 1800s with both workers and noblemen in
Belgium. Queen Marie Henriette was a dog enthusiast who visited the annual dog shows in
Belgium religiously, often with her daughter,  and became a breeder and booster of Griffon
Bruxellois, giving them international fame and popularity and indirectly  leading to two Griffon
Bruxellois clubs starting in England and America.
The First World War and Second World War proved to be a disastrous time for the
breed. War time is difficult on any dog breed, and the recovering numbers after the
First World War were set back by increased vigilance in breeding  faults such as
webbed toes. By the end of the Second World War, Belgium had almost no native
Griffon Bruxellois left, and it was only through the vigilance of dedicated breeders (in
England particularly) that the breed survived at all.
There has been a recent increase in interest in the
United States due to appearance of a Griffon in the
movie, As  Good as It Gets, Sweet November and on
the sitcom Spin City and also because of a general
increase in interest in toy dogs.

The dogs were naturally red with some black in their
masks. But Hollywood wanted a solid colored black
mask so  they colored the dogs beards solid black.
However, this is not the norm or typical breed
Brussels Griffons are intelligent, alert and sensitive. The
easily attract attention by an almost human expression.
Their face makes this breed unique. They are known to have
a huge heart, and a strong desire to snuggle and be with his
or her master. They are also known for their complete
devotion to their immediate families, they thrive on affection
as well. They display a visible air of self-importance. A
Griffon should not be shy or aggressive; however, they are
very emotionally sensitive, and because of this, should be
socialized carefully at a young age. Griffons are alert,
inquisitive and interested in their surroundings.

Brussels Griffons tend to get along well with other animals
in the house, including cats, ferrets, and other dogs.
However, they can get into trouble because they have no
concept of their own relative size and may attempt to
dominate dogs much larger than themselves.
The usually weight between 8 to 10 pounds,
and should not exceed 12 pounds. Type
and quality are of greater importance than
weight, and a smaller dog that is sturdy and
well-proportioned should not be penalized in
the show ring. They are sturdy, square and
compact with short backs.