A toy dog, intelligent, alert, sturdy, with a thickset, short body, a smart carriage and set-up, attracting attention by an almost human expression. There are two distinct types of coat: rough or smooth. Except for coat, there is no difference between the two.
There is always a possibility of congenital (present at birth but not necessarily heritable) or genetic (heritable) defects in any living creature and that includes Griffons. Brussels Griffons should be checked as puppies and adults for heart problems, eye defects such as cataracts, and orthopedic problems such as patella luxation (slipping knee caps) and hip dysplaysia. Information on other health concerns can be found at www.brussels-griffon.info, click on Breed Health Information.
Many national breed club members individually or collectively support health research and related studies for the breed through donations to the Brussels Griffon Fund at the AKC Canine Health Foundation and the American Brussels Griffon Association Health Foundation. Supporting canine health helps ensure a healthy future for all dogs.
Brussels Griffons are like Velcro with four legs. They prefer being close to their owners—that is, when they’re not tearing around the house or yard to burn off his excessive energy. Griffs are social, friendly, and easily trained and will usually get along well with other family pets and well-behaved children. They have a low threshold for loneliness, though, so families who are home often will be the best fit for this breed.
Each coat needs twice-weekly brushing and shaping every three months. The smooth-coated variety requires very little care other than seasonal raking of the undercoat. The rough-coated variety must be hand-stripped to keep tidy for showing. Clipping can be an alternative for companion dogs. Their nails should be trimmed regularly to avoid overgrowth and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.