Brussels Griffon (Griffon Belge)

Breed Characteristics

Active. Due to shortened muzzle, some snore or wheeze. Brussels Griffons make good watchdogs and can be taught to perform tricks. Because of this dog’s almost human looking facial expression, they have often been nicknamed "monkey face". The Brussels Griffon does not tolerate heat well.

Is the Brussels Griffon (Griffon Belge) approved as a pet in a Singapore HDB flat?



Belgium, 1800s. Possible ancestors include Affenpinschers, Pugs, English Toy Spaniel, Belgian street dog, Yorkshire Terrier and Irish Terrier. The Brussels Griffon was first shown at the Brussels Exhibition in 1880. An early example of the breed is depicted in a Van Eyck, the Flemish painter. Once kept by cab drivers of 17th century Brussels to rid their stables of vermin, the Brussels Griffon became a companion breed by virtue of its appealing character. Also know as the Belgian Griffon or the Griffon Bruxellois.

Original Purpose

Vermin exterminators.

Behaviour and Temperament

Cheeky, self-confident, bold, sensitive, lively, affectionate, curious.

What are some Physical Features of the Brussels Griffon (Griffon Belge)?

18 to 20 cm; 3.5 to 5 kg. Colours are red, beige, black, black-and-tan.

Coat Type and Recommended Grooming

Two coat types: rough (Griffon Bruxellois) and smooth (Petit Brabaçon). Smooth coats require minimal care with weekly brushing. Rough-coated coats should be hard and wiry and require combing several times a week and stripping a couple of times a year. Professional grooming is recommended every alternate week for the rough coat; stripping for show dogs, clipping for pets. Smooth coats can be groomed every six weeks. Light shedding can be expected. Estimated grooming charges in Singapore: Basic, S$40-45, Full, S$55-60.

Life Expectancy of the Brussels Griffon (Griffon Belge)

12 to 15 years.

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Health Concerns

Patellar luxation, PRA, prone to slipped stifle.

Exercise Needs

Fairly low but loves to play, however, a daily walk is still required.


Ideal for apartment life. Brussels Griffons can be very active indoors, however a yard is not required.


A one-person dog. Not very good with young children but good with older kids. Good with other pets.


Average to high; good problem solvers; many, however, are hard to housetrain.

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