Griffon Bruxellois

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The Full Griffon Bruxellois Description

The Brussels Griffon is known for the almost human expression on his face. He is highly intelligent and sensitive. Even though he requires the protections need by any toy breed, the Brussels Griffon is a total companion, bright and alert. If he feels threatened, he kicks up a big fuss.

Did you know?

Personality plus is the first impression you will receive when meeting a Griffon.
The Brussels Griffon makes lasting friends with whom ever he knows.

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The Brussels Griffon's coat can be either rough or smooth. The rough coat is wirey and dense, the smooth coat is straight, short, and glossy.
The Brussels Griffon is alert and full of self-importance.

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General Appearance

A cobby, well-balanced, square little dog, giving appearance of measuring the same from withers to tail root as from withers to ground.


Smart little dog with disposition of a terrier. Two varieties, rough coated, Griffon Bruxellois and smooth coated, Petit Brabançon. Both with pert, monkey-like expression, heavy for size.


Lively and alert.

Head and Skull

Head large in comparison to body, rounded but in no way domed, wide between the ears. Hair on skull, in roughs rather coarse. Nose always black, as short as possible with large open nostrils, high set sloping back to skull with deep stop between nose and skull. Wide muzzle, neat lips, with good turn-up. Chin prominent, in roughs furnished with beard.


Black-rimmed, very dark, large, round, clear and alert.


Semi-erect, high-set, the smaller the better.


Slightly undershot with even teeth, not showing teeth or tongue.


Medium length, slightly arched, springing from well laid back shoulders.


Chest rather wide and deep, legs straight of medium length and bone.


Short back, level from withers to tail root, neither roaching nor dipping; deep; well-sprung ribs; short, strong loin.


Well muscled thighs of good length, hocks low to ground, turning neither in nor out, stifles well bent.


Small, thick, cat-like with black toenails.


Customarily docked. Docked: Docked short, high set, emerging at right angles from level topline. Undocked: High set, emerging at right angles from level topline. Of moderate length, curved gently over back when moving.


Free with good drive from rear. Moving true coming and going. High stepping front movement undesirable.


Roughs: harsh, wiry, free from curl, preferably with undercoat. Smooths: short and tight.


Clear red, black or black and rich tan without white markings. In clear red, a darker shade on mask and ears desirable. Ideally each hair should be an even red from tip to root. Frosting on muzzles of mature smooths should not be penalised.


From 2.3-5 kgs (5-11 lbs); most desirable 2.7-4.5 kgs (6-10 lbs).

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