The three modifications of this dog, the Brussels Griffon (Griffon bruxellois), the Belgian Griffon (Griffon belge), and the Petit Brabançon, all descend from a classic sort of dog named a Smousje, a rough-coated, tiny terrier-like dog held in stables to eliminate rodents, similar to the Dutch Smoushond. Coachmen in Belgium wery very fond of their very alert Griffons d’Ecurie (wiry coated stable dogs). In the nineteenth century, the coachmen would breed their dogs with imported toy dogs.
Head: Broad and round. Well-domed forehead. Prominent chin. Lower incisors cover upper incisors in an underbite. Hard, tousled hair, long around the eyes, nose, cheeks, and chin. Wide, black nose.
Ears: Very straight, always cropped to a point.
Eyes: Very large, round,and black. Eyelids lined with black.
Body: Square build. Chest fairly broad and deep.
Tail: Raised, docked by one-third.
Hair: Brussels and Griffon Bruxellois: medium in length, hard, tousled, dense.- Small Brabant: short.
Coat: Brussels Griffon: Reddish-brown. Minimal black markings on the mustache and chin are tolerated.- Belgian Griffon: Black, black and tan, and a combination of black and reddish-brown are the only colors allowed.- Small Brabant: reddish-brown and black and tan are the only colors allowed. A black mask is not a fault.
Size: Large variety: approx. 28 cm.Small variety: approx. 24 cm.
Weight: 3-5 kg
The Griffon Bruxellois is known to have a large heart, as well as a strong need to cuddle and be with his family. They show an obvious air of self-importance. A Griffon should not be timid or ambitious; nonetheless, they’re incredibly emotionally delicate, and due to this, should be socialized carefully at a young age. Griffons should also be inquisitive, attentive and interested their environments.
Griffons are inclined build relationships with one individual a lot more than others. In fact, Griffons are extremely great with children provided they’re not teased. They’re not so patient but do love to play and enjoy life. Griffons have a tendency to go along well with additional animals in the home, including cats, ferrets, as well as other pets and dogs. However, they are able to enter into trouble since they may try to master pets much larger than themselves and have no concept of their own relative-size.
Griffons have relatively few inherited health problems, but should be screened for genetic defects, the most critical is Syringomyelia (SM) and Chiari-like malformation (CM). The typical lifespan of the Griffon is somewhere while in the range of 10 to 15 years.