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Meet the breed: Brussels Griffon

Choosing to add a furry friend to your growing household is a long-term commitment, and picking a breed that fits your lifestyle presents the key to a happy home. With over 160 American Kennel Club-recognized breeds, that decision can seem overwhelming. We’re here to help you meet the breed that’s right for you. If you’re looking for an affectionate companion to bring into your home, find out everything you need to know about the Brussels Griffon.


  • Sensitive
  • Affectionate
  • Curious
  • Companion
  • Good for apartment life


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Often referred to as monkey-faced due to their unique look, the Brussels Griffon is a rare yet popular breed, known for being affectionate, curious and very loving to both humans and other animals. Somewhat difficult to housebreak, the dog will need training, walking and attention to keep him from getting into trouble. Good with small spaces, the Brussels Griffon is well-suited for apartment life and makes an excellent companion or family dog.

Breed standards

  • AKC group: Toy Group
  • UKC group: Terrier
  • Average lifespan: 10 -15 years
  • Average size: 8 – 10 pounds
  • Coat appearance: Either smooth or rough
  • Coloration: Tan, tan and black, black, red
  • Hypoallergenic: Yes
  • Other identifiers: Short muzzle; short black nose; straight-boned legs; overbite with over-sized tongue; black eyes with long eyelashes; high-set ears and erect tail
  • Possible alterations: Occasionally groomed to have a beard

Is this breed right for you?

If you’re looking for a breed that doesn’t shed and requires little grooming, the Brussels Griffon is right for you. A comedic dog, he’s sure to entertain any member of the family. Due to his knack for climbing, he’ll need a properly fenced-in yard to avoid attempting escape. Requiring both mental and physical stimulation, he’ll need to be with a family that can provide him both daily activity and time to engage in play. Best for children older than 5, the Brussels Griffon believes himself to be the baby of the family.

A dream day in the life of a Brussels Griffon

A dog truly meant for the indoors due to health and mental reasons, the Brussels Griffon loves to wake up on the bed of his master. After taking a quick stroll around the neighborhood, he’ll need a well-balanced meal of dog chow. Once he plays a nice game of catch, he’ll be completely content with sniffing out his home turf and ending his day with cuddles.

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