Brussels Griffon

The Brussels Griffon originally hails from...Brussels, Belgium, where it was used to
guard the stables belonging to the nobility.

During the 1880s, the dog was brought to England and then to America, first
appearing on official registries in 1910.

An alert and intelligent dog, the Brussels Griffon is a delightful dog and an ideal
companion. Energetic and curious, this is a dog that can be happy when its out
playing games and having fun as well as when it is sitting quietly in its owner's lap.

The Brussels Griffon is an independent animal, and some say that they have a bit of a manipulative streak in its character...this makes it even more important that the dog be trained properly and that it receives corrective instructions when it displays undersirable behavior.

At the same time, these dogs are sensitive, intelligent and always fun to be around. They are good with children, but it is usually better for them to be around older children that may be more considerate and thoughtful than younger, unruly children (mainly because younger children may harm it if they are not properly taught on how to treat animals).

When it comes to strangers, the Brussels Griffon can be either friendly or nervous, depending on its particular nature. These dogs tend to be good with other animals, although they may become aggressive if they feel threatened by other dogs.

The Brussels Griffon is a vital yet docile dog, but doesn't like to be teased (which is why they are not always great around younger children). This breed is best suited for owners with experience in raising dogs. Sometimes the Griffon can be jealous, especially when it comes to toys and food. Training should not be a problem if you're confident and use the right methods, but developing proper household habits in a Griffon may prove to be a bit of a challenge - especially for those who are inexperienced with dog training.

The lifespan of the Brussels Griffon is about 12 to 15 years. Health problems associated with the breed include seizures, heart problems and cataracts. It is recommended that when getting a puppy, both parents have OFA and CERF certificates.