Brussels Griffon

Available Pets

Weight: 20–25 pounds

Height: 18–25 inches

Clubs, Registries & Associations

  • American Canine Association
  • Continental Kennel Club
  • Universal Kennel Club International
  • American Kennel Club
  • United All Breed Registry
  • America's Pet Registry, Inc.
  • United Kennel Club

(Based on breed recognition. See store for details on this particular puppy.)




The Brussels Griffon was popular in the 17th century with cab drivers in Brussels, used to keep the stables free of vermin. Likely to be a cross of the Affenpinscher, English Toy Spaniel, Irish Terrier and Yorkshire Terrier, the engaging personality of the Brussels Griffon soon made them a highly desired companion dog.


Very small, 7-9” at the shoulders, weighing anywhere from 8-12 pounds. The Brussels Griffon is a sturdy little dog with a wiry coat that comes in red, white, black, and black with tan.

Health Awareness

The Brussels Griffon has a life expectancy of 12-15 years and is prone to eye problems, respiratory disorders, and slipped patellas.


Your Brussels Griffon will want to be with you wherever you go. Although a terrier with terrier-like determination, this is not a breed that does well when left alone a lot. Your Brussels Griffon will need your companionship, and if you work then best hire a pet sitter to come in for mid-day visits! They are charming, curious, lively, and intelligent. They also need a lot of socialization because they are sensitive and can easily become shy and fearful around strangers. They are great trick performers and love to learn, although require your patience with training. Your Brussels Griffon needs your clear and consistent communication using only humane motivational methods.

Exercise/Energy Level

The Brussels Griffon requires a short daily walk with off-leash play in a safe area

Additional Information

 Grooming Requirements:   Requires regular brushing and bathing.
 Coat: Short and rough
 Shedding: Little to no shedding
 Hypoallergenic: Yes
 Apartment Living: Good for apartment living if given sufficient exercise; very active indoors.
 Lap Dog: Yes
 Good With Children: Good with older children who understand how to respect such a small dog.
 Good With Other Pets: Generally good with other pets when well socialized at an early age

General Appearance

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.

Size, Proportion, Substance

Size - Weight usually 8 to 10 pounds, and should not exceed 12 pounds. Type and quality are of greater importance than weight, and a smaller dog that is sturdy and well proportioned should not be penalized. Proportion - Square, as measured from point of shoulder to rearmost projection of upper thigh and from withers to ground. Substance - Thickset, compact with good balance. Well boned


A very important feature. An almost human expression. Eyes set well apart, very large, black, prominent, and well open. The eyelashes long and black. Eyelids edged with black. Ears small and set rather high on the head. May be shown cropped or natural. If natural they are carried semi-erect. Skull large and round, with a domed forehead. The stop deep. Nose---very black, extremely short, its tip being set back deeply between the eyes so as to form a lay-back. The nostrils large. Disqualifications - Dudley or butterfly nose. Lips edged with black, not pendulous but well brought together, giving a clean finish to the mouth. Jaws must be undershot. The incisors of the lower jaw should protrude over the upper incisors. The lower jaw is prominent, rather broad with an upward sweep. Neither teeth nor tongue should show when the mouth is closed. A wry mouth is a serious fault. Disqualifications - Bite overshot. Hanging tongue.

Neck, Topline, Body

Neck--medium length, gracefully arched. Topline - Back level and short. Body - A thickset, short body. Brisket should be broad and deep, ribs well sprung. Short-coupled. Tail - set and held high, docked to about one-third.


Forelegs medium length, straight in bone, well muscled, set moderately wide apart and straight from the point of the shoulders as viewed from the front. Pasterns short and strong. Feet round, small, and compact, turned neither in nor out. Toes well arched. Black pads and toenails preferred.


Hind legs set true, thighs strong and well muscled, stifles bent, hocks well let down, turning neither in nor out.


The rough coat is wiry and dense, the harder and more wiry the better. On no account should the dog look or feel woolly, and there should be no silky hair anywhere. The coat should not be so long as to give a shaggy appearance, but should be distinctly different all over from the smooth coat. The head should be covered with wiry hair, slightly longer around the eyes, nose, cheeks, and chin, thus forming a fringe. The rough coat is hand-stripped and should never appear unkempt. Body coat of sufficient length to determine texture. The coat may be tidied for neatness of appearance, but coats prepared with scissors and/or clippers should be severely penalized. The smooth coat is straight, short, tight and glossy, with no trace of wiry hair.


Either 1) Red: reddish brown with a little black at the whiskers and chin allowable; 2) Belge: black and reddish brown mixed, usually with black mask and whiskers; 3) Black and Tan: black with uniform reddish brown markings, appearing under the chin, on the legs, above each eye, around the edges of the ears and around the vent; or 4) Black: solid black.

Any white hairs are a serious fault, except for "frost" on the muzzle of a mature dog, which is natural. Disqualification – White spot or blaze any where on coat.


Movement is a straightforward, purposeful trot, showing moderate reach and drive, and maintaining a steady topline.


Intelligent, alert and sensitive. Full of self-importance.


Dudley or butterfly nose. Bite overshot. Hanging tongue. White spot or blaze anywhere on coat.

Did you know?

  • There are three varieties of Griffon: The Brussles Griffon has a wiry coat longer than the Belgian Griffon. The Belgian Griffon has a long, wiry coat with fringe around the face. The Petit Griffon has a short, smooth coat.
  • The AKC recognizes only the Brussels Griffon.
  • A Brussels Griffon was in the movie, "As Good As It Gets", playing Verdell. Verdell was actually six different Brussels Griffons: Timer, Sprout, Debbie, Billy, Parfait, and Jill.