|Group:||Toys (Group 1)|
|Club:||Griffon Bruxellois Club Of Victoria Inc|
|Contact:||Mrs Robin Simpson|
|Phone:||0409 255 369|
Background This little dog was originally the rodent catcher of the stables in Brussels and rode on the hansom cabs as the driver’s friend. Various breeds are mentioned as having been used to produce the Griffon of today.
Average Lifespan When considering a dog, please realise that you are taking it on for its lifetime. Griffon live from between 10 to 16 years of age.
Breed Personality/Characteristics/Temperament The Griffon Bruxellois is a small dog with definite terrier instincts and an inflated sense of self worth, however its arrogant expression belies its loving and amiable disposition. The Griffon is very much what you make it. If you have children, the dog will enjoy their games and going for energetic walks. As with all dogs, young children and pets should always be supervised when together. If you are older and your daily pursuits are more leisurely, the dog will grow up more sedate and become a close and loving friend. Griffons are very trainable and many have obedience and agility titles.
Compatibility with other pets Excellent.
Care Requirements There are two distinct types of Griffon: the Griffon Bruxellois, the rough-coated variety with the whiskers and beard, and the smooth-coated Petit Brabancon. The rough coated Griffin requires regular grooming with a brush and comb. Twice a year it will need its coat either hand stripped (for showing) or perhaps clipped if it is a pet. Smooth-coated Griffons do not need the same coat care as do the Roughs, so if you are taken with the Griffon character but feel you could not manage the longer coat, then a Smooth is the right dog for you. Fussy feeders are generally made that way by their owners, so decide what you want your Griffon to eat and do not give in to its pleading looks. A good small-sized dry food mixed with canned food is ideal. Griffons will take just about as much exercise as most owners are willing to give, but are also content to be couch potatoes.
Please Take Note Be very careful about using flea collars on your Griffon and always air them out well before putting them on your dog. Potential breeders should be aware that rearing Griffon puppies is often not easy - but once they reach six weeks of age they develop into tough little dogs with few problems.
Ideal Owner/s A Griffon is a very adaptable little dog that will fit very well into considerate families with young children, as well as being the ideal companion for older people.
In Conclusion Now you know a little about the Griffon Bruxellois and have decided this is the dog for you or you want more information, make contact with the breed club or your State controlling body for purebred dogs. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog shows where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs.