Brussels Griffon – The Toy Sized Dog With The Full Sized Attitude

Brussels Griffon Short Hair: A Brief History Of The Breed

The brussels griffon was developed from the dachshund. There are two types of these dogs: those with long hair and those with short hair. Both have their advantages and disadvantages.

Long haired brussels griffons are popular because they look good on men or women, but not so much on children (or anyone else). They are usually smaller than the short haired varieties.

Short haired brussels griffons were originally bred for show purposes. Their popularity decreased when it became apparent that they could not compete with larger breeds such as pugs, bulldogs, or even miniature schnauzers. The breed was then re-bred to make them suitable for all ages and sizes.

The brussels griffon is one of the most popular toy breeds in the world. It’s popularity began in Germany where they were first produced. They were later imported into England and America.

Today there are many different types of brussels griffons available, including those with short hair and those with long hair.

The brussels griffon is a very rare dog in the Unites States. There are only about 15 to 20 lines of them in existence (Mostly owned by one woman). It would be wise to research all the available lines and find out exactly where they came from before purchasing one.

This will help maintain the traits that make this dog what it is today.

What does a brussels griffon look like?

The brussels griffon is a small dog. The average height of the male is 10 to 12 inches and the weight is usually between 12 and 14 pounds. Females are typically 2 to 3 inches shorter and weigh 2 to 4 pounds less. Contrary to popular belief, these dogs do not have curly hair. It tends to be wavy and quite dense.

The dogs have a square shaped head with either a pointy or round shaped muzzle. They have large brown eyes and round, medium sized ears. The ears are set low on their heads.

Their tail is usually curled and their legs are slightly bowed. Their back is always slightly curved (similar to a bow-legged cowboy) and they have a thick coat of curly hair.

What is the personality of a brussels griffon like?

The brussels griffon is an intelligent, playful, and sometimes mischievous breed of dog. It likes to play games and is very good with children (as long as they know how to act around dogs). These dogs do not like being left alone for long periods of time. They are prone to becoming depressed or even developing stress related illnesses if left by themselves all day. Taking one for a walk or just leaving it out to play on a regular basis is all it really needs. These dogs do not bark too much and usually get along with other household pets.

Brussels griffons are very clean animals and usually make their messes in the same spot every time (if raised properly). They can be trained to go outside like a normal dog, or they can be trained to go inside a specific area (like a litter box). If they are not properly trained they will make their messes wherever they feel like it.

These dogs do well in most households (as long as they get the attention they need). They do not do well in urban areas with loud noises and big buildings. The breed tends to be sensitive and does not do well in hot weather.

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If the dog gets too hot, it is not unlikely that it will develop heat stroke. Owners must keep an eye on their pets and make sure they are not over-heating.

Brussels griffon health

The brussels griffon does not have many specific health problems. They can suffer from all the normal canine diseases such as parvo, distemper, and rabies. They also may develop hip dysplasia and eye problems as they get older.

Eye problems are usually corrected by surgery if caught in time.

One major concern with the breed is their tendency to become overweight and lazy. If overfed or not given enough physical activity, the dog will most likely become a couch potato. They will sit around and be lazy all day.

This can lead to other health concerns such as diabetes, heart problems, and even skin problems.

Brussels griffons are prone to developing cataracts as early as 3 years old. The bloodlines from which the breed is descended from (the bumble bee and miniature poodle) are also prone to eye problems, so it is very important for potential owners to get their pets tested as early as 6 months in some cases.

Cataracts can be surgically removed but the cost is very expensive and not all dogs can go through with the surgery due to the pain (especially if both eyes are affected). The other alternative is to remove the eye and let the dog live out the rest of its days as a “half-blind” pet.

Brussels griffon personality

The brussels griffon personality is very gentle. It is not a guard dog and it tends to get along with everyone. However, it is also not a push over.

It will let people know when something is upsetting or bothering it.

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These dogs tend to get along with cats and other pets as long as they are introduced to them at a young age. They can also get along with older children, but may not be a good idea for younger ones. These dogs do have a tendency to jump and if they are not properly trained they may jump up on someone and cause them to fall.

Brussels griffons make great pets for the elderly and disabled as long as their needs are met. They like to be around people and do not usually like being left alone for long periods of time. The dog will let everyone know it if its needs are not being met.

Brussels griffons are very loving, loyal, and intelligent. They tend to bond closely with one person in a family, but are accepting of everyone else. They are sweet and playful, but they are also very stubborn and will let everyone know when they don’t like something or don’t want to do something.

They are independent thinkers and may resist your efforts to train them if you use harsh methods. They respond well to positive reinforcement. A daily walk is important to their well-being and they need a yard to play in or plenty of opportunities to run around.

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