Brussels Griffon

Wiki: Griffon Bruxellois

The Brussels Griffon has probably been developed within the last half century. The name implies that this dog is of Belgian origin, and such, is the popular belief, yet it is very probable that the breed owes considerable, if not all, of its ancestry to a number of English dogs. A toy, pocket-size terrier of similar type, which may or may not have been the original Brussels Griffon, is known to have been present in Yorkshire, England, about 1870. The ancestry is not considered of great consequence, however, because the breed is still in that stage of development where type has not become permanently fixed. There are three distinct types of Brussels Griffons, any one or all of which may be present in the same litter. The distinction between types is one of color and hair character. Grriffons Bruxellois and Griffons Beiges are both wire haired, but the Petit Brabangons are smooth coated.

Colors for Brussels Griffons vary with the types as follows; Griffons Bruxellois, red; Griffons Beiges, preferably black and tan, but also gray or fawn: Petit Brabangons, red or black and tan. lightweight individuals can not exceed a maximum of 5 pounds in weight; the maximum for the heavyweight class is 10 pounds. No standard heights have been set for this breed. The Brussels Griffon is essentially a miniature terrier, a cobby, compact dog characterized by larare eyes, a short, turned-up nose, small ears, and prominent chin. The whole expression has been likened to a “monkey face.” The breed is used principally as a lady’s pet and should be active, robust, and intelligent. Brussels Oriffons have no great degree of popularity in the United States and their distribution, accordingly, is somewhat restricted.