A rather unusual breed in both appearance and personality, the Griffon Bruxellois (Griffon for short) originated out of Belgium, where it was bred primarily to hunt and kill vermin. Don’t let their small size fool you, Griffons have a distinct air of self-confidence which comes off as arrogant yet is at the same time adorable. Monkey-like in appearance, Griffons can be equally as mischievous. In terms of temperament, Griffons love nothing more than snuggling up to their owners, and are in general a quite affectionate breed. With this said, they may snap occasionally if irked, and so it is important to not be too rough when playing with these dogs.
Lifestyle and Living Environment
Extremely small in stature, the Griffon makes for a perfect apartment dog. Their exercise needs are quite minimal, with only around 30 minutes of exercise per day required. Due to this lack of required exercise, it is important that portion sizes are measured carefully when feeding these dogs. Griffons are known to be particularly gluttonous, and overfeeding can lead to severe health problems as they grow older. Despite their strong affection, at times Griffons need their own space, and are known to become snappy if this space is invaded. As such, these dogs are not usually all too fond of children, families with young kids encouraged to consider other breeds. It is also important to note that Griffons can be quite persistent barkers, and so obedience training during their development is essential in curbing this habit.
Common Health Issues
Hip Dysplasia, Patella Luxation, Eye Problems, Skin Allergies.