Dog Breed

Griffon Bruxellois

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Full Name
Griffon Bruxellois
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Life Span
10 – 15 years
Weight
9 - 14 pounds
Description

Self-important, Inquisitive, Alert, Companionable, Sensitive, Watchful

Origin
Belgium
Bred For
Hunt and kill vermin in stables
Attachments
    Family Considerations
    Child Friendly

    Is the Griffon Bruxellois good with children?

    Unfortunately, the Griffon Bruxellois is not automatically well suited with children and we would not recommend for homes with very small children unless early socialization with children is taken seriously.
    Stranger Friendly

    Is the Griffon Bruxellois friendly with strangers?

    The Griffon Bruxellois is about average in how friendly they are with strangers. They can be timid or protective, but with proper training and socialization can be fine for any household.
    Dog Friendly

    Is the Griffon Bruxellois friendly with other dogs?

    The Griffon Bruxellois is not naturally friendly with other dogs, but with a good amount of early socialization as a puppy they can learn to get along with most breeds of dog. Proper training is required before letting the Griffon Bruxellois go off-leash or to dog parks.
    Likes to Cuddle

    Does the Griffon Bruxellois like to cuddle?

    The Griffon Bruxellois loves physical affection and cuddles. If you're looking for a cuddle partner you may have found the one!
    Playfulness

    Does the Griffon Bruxellois like to play?

    The Griffon Bruxellois will almost always be ready for play! The Griffon Bruxellois is great for a family with children, or otherwise, an environment that is always ready for play.
    Service Dog Ability

    Does the Griffon Bruxellois make a good service dog?

    Historically, the Griffon Bruxellois has never been used as a service dog and really would not be a good fit.
    Overall Ease of Breed
    Ease for Novice

    Is the Griffon Bruxellois good for first-time owners?

    The Griffon Bruxellois is not the easiest breed for first-time owners, but can certainly still work out if the owner is willing to put the time into training and exercise.
    Training Potential

    How well can the Griffon Bruxellois be trained?

    The Griffon Bruxellois is about average when it comes to training potential. The Griffon Bruxellois can be seen in competitions and can have advanced training, but it would require much dedication and oftentimes professional training.
    Amount of Shedding

    Does the Griffon Bruxellois shed a lot?

    The Griffon Bruxellois does shed, but less than average.
    Ease of Grooming

    Is the Griffon Bruxellois easy to groom?

    The Griffon Bruxellois requires a good amount of grooming work. It is possible to do it yourself, but you need to plan on dedicating weekly grooming sessions at the minimum.
    Exercise Need

    Does the Griffon Bruxellois need a lot of exercise?

    The Griffon Bruxellois requires some daily exercise, but daily walks should be enough. The Griffon Bruxellois appreciates going outside and on daily walks, but they will be ok without anything overly athletic.
    Personality
    Intelligence

    How smart is the Griffon Bruxellois?

    The Griffon Bruxellois has average intelligence. They are smart and witty, but do not need to be constantly challenged mentally, as some other breeds.
    Amount of Barking

    How much does the Griffon Bruxellois bark? Does the Griffon Bruxellois bark too much?

    The Griffon Bruxellois barks a lot. This is important to consider with your living situation- will it be ok when you leave them at home alone or will they disrupt the neighbors? The Griffon Bruxellois will oftentimes bark just to express their thoughts... even just to be heard!
    Guard Dog Ability

    Is the Griffon Bruxellois a good guard dog?

    The Griffon Bruxellois is not typically used as a guard dog, although they can be alert and oftentimes notify you if there is a stranger at the door or otherwise something to be concerned over.
    Tolerates Being Alone

    Is the Griffon Bruxellois good at staying alone? Is the Griffon Bruxellois independent?

    The Griffon Bruxellois considers their owner part of the "pack" and hates being left behind. This can be a good thing for someone looking for an emotional support dog who is loyal and always by their side, but bad if the dog will need to be left at home alone for extended periods.
    Home and Environment Considerations
    Good for Apartment Living

    Is the Griffon Bruxellois a good apartment dog?

    The Griffon Bruxellois is an excellent dog breed for an apartment. Some daily exercise is still important, but if they get that then the apartment will be more than enough for them to call home.
    Size

    How big is the Griffon Bruxellois?

    The Griffon Bruxellois is one of the smallest dog breeds- suited well for apartment living and very convenient for travel.
    Tolerates Heat

    How much does the Griffon Bruxellois tolerate hot weather? When is it too hot for a Griffon Bruxellois?

    The Griffon Bruxellois can tolerate some heat, but should not be over-exposed to hot weather. In general, they can live in hot weather climates, but would do best with air conditioning or at least a fan in their home, especially where they sleep.
    Tolerates Cold

    How much does the Griffon Bruxellois tolerate cold weather? When is it too cold for a Griffon Bruxellois?

    The Griffon Bruxellois does not tolerate cold weather at all, and we would not recommend having a Griffon Bruxellois if you live in a cold weather climate.
    Potential to Run Away

    Does the Griffon Bruxellois try to run away?

    The Griffon Bruxellois is very unlikely to run away. Of course, precautions should always be taken, and every dog is unique, but with a Griffon Bruxellois it is very likely they will naturally follow you, even when they are off-leash.
    Physical Characteristics
    General Health

    Is the Griffon Bruxellois a healthy dog? The health of a Griffon Bruxellois should be measured not just by how many years they live, but also by how many health issues they've had. It is important to know which health conditions your breed is prone to- hip problems, eye problems, bloating, and arthritis are all common dog health problems.

    The Griffon Bruxellois is very healthy, but it is still important to feed the Griffon Bruxellois high-quality food and to live a healthy lifestyle.
    Energy Level

    How energetic is the Griffon Bruxellois?

    The Griffon Bruxellois has some energy and requires daily walks, but overall the Griffon Bruxellois has less energy than average.
    Amount of Drooling

    How much does the Griffon Bruxellois drool?

    The Griffon Bruxellois does not drool at all.
    Prey Drive

    Does the Griffon Bruxellois have a large prey drive? Does the Griffon Bruxellois like to chase birds, cats, and other small animals?

    The Griffon Bruxellois has some prey drive, so should not be left alone with very small animals such as birds, mice, or gerbils, but with some gradual introduction should be fine living with a cat in the same home.
    Athleticism

    Is the Griffon Bruxellois atheltic?

    The Griffon Bruxellois can have athletic moments, and bursts of speed, but does not have the endurance as other highly athletic dog breeds. They would do great for occasional jogs, but probably not the best for long-distance runs or anything more athletic than that.
  1. Toy
  2. Griffon Bruxellois
The Griffon Bruxellois is a purebred dog that falls within the larger Toy dog breed group.
Toy group: Toy dogs are primarily characterized by their very small size. But don't let that fool you- if anything their personality and tenacity is higher than the average dog. In fact, even their protective instincts are above average! In fact, because of that it is crucial they get socialization with children and other dogs from an early age. Because the toy dog is both small and primarily bred for home companionship, they make excellent additions for a wide range of families. There are also practical benefits with toy dogs- they are great for apartment living, and traveling. Toy dogs are also loyal and love to cuddle, making them the ideal lap dog.

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