Brussels Griffons

Affectionate and lively, these intelligent pooches have lots of love to spread around. Read on for all the details on this breed.

These expressive dogs have very human-like personalities — they’re oftentimes cheerful, curious and affectionate, but have a sensitive and moody streak when they’re feeling lonely (don’t we all!). Perfectly suited for any lifestyle, your Brussels Griffon will quickly become your new best friend.

The Brussels Griffon breed comes with two distinct coat types: rough and smooth. The smooth-coated pups have a straight, glossy coat that requires little upkeep. The rough coat, on the other hand, will require a bit more work. They have longer, wiry hair around their faces and eyes, and, although they’re more friendly to those with allergies, this coat type will need weekly brushing and special grooming twice a year to remove old, loose hairs.

Why We Love the Brussels Griffon Breed

  • These dogs love their families, and want to be wherever you are — in fact, they’re nicknamed “velcro dogs” because they stick right by your side!
  • Griffons are small in size, which makes them perfectly suited to any type of residence, from high-rise condos to country farms.
  • These little guys have plenty of energy, so they’ll love to go on walks with you and will look forward to playtime all day! But when it’s all over, they’ll be more than happy to snuggle up with you for a nap.

Things to Consider

  • Brussels Griffons are quite loving, but sometimes confuse the “hugs and kisses” of small children with an unwanted attack and may respond negatively out of fear. For this reason, they aren’t the best dogs to have around children who aren’t old enough to give these dogs space and respect.
  • Like other short-nosed dogs, the Brussels Griffon breed is vulnerable to heat stroke; and their short coats make them vulnerable to the cold as well! These pups do best when kept indoors with their families.
  • Griffons do have a stubborn streak —  your Brussels Griffon puppy might be difficult to housetrain, so patience and use of a crate are a must.

Why Rescue? 

The Brussels Griffon is a great family pet that’s well suited to any lifestyle, and it’s cute as can be — which is probably why one was featured in the movie As Good As It Gets. After it’s Hollywood debut, demand for these pups skyrocketed, and with it, careless breeding practices.

Many breeders aren’t as careful about the health of their dogs as they should be, which leads to Brussels Griffon dogs passing on genetic diseases to their puppies, from skin allergies to patella luxation (a leg issue that can cause lameness in you pup).

If you’re looking to bring one of these energetic dogs into your family, take a look at local shelters and rescue groups before shopping around with a breeder!

Brussels Griffon Rescues

Whether you’re hoping for playful Brussels Griffon puppy or an adult that’s a champion at agility sports, there are plenty of these sweet dogs waiting to find a forever home! Here are just a few:

Alert, curious & loyal
Avg. Weight
7 - 12 lbs
Weekly brushing required; occasional professional grooming for rough-coated breeds
Avg. Life Span
12 - 15 Years
Brussels Griffons near 20149
Animal Rescues near 20149
Organization City, State Contact
Persian Rescue of Virginia
Ashburn, VA
The Cats at Longstreet
Sterling, VA
Save The Tails Rescue Group, Inc.
Leesburg, VA 1 888 379 5558 x1
Humane Society of Loudoun County
Leesburg, VA (703) 777-2912
Little Buddies Adoption and Humane Society
Reston, VA
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