Griffon Bruxellois

Griffon Bruxellois Dog Breed | The Dog Lovers Festival Breed Directory


The three variations of this dog, the Brussels Griffon (Griffon bruxellois), the Belgian Griffon (Griffon belge), and the Petit Brabançon, all descend from an old type of dog called a Smousje. A rough coated, small terrier-like dog kept in stables to eliminate rodents.

By the end of the Second World War, Belgium had almost no native Griffon Bruxellois left. It was only through the vigilance of dedicated breeders that the breed survived at all.


A cobby well balanced, square little dog, terrier-like disposition & pert monkey-like expression, the Griffon is solidly built for its size.

Grooming and Physical Needs

  • Grooming Needs: Smooth-coated Griffons need only a rub with a hound glove occasionally. Rough-coated dogs need to be clipped or stripped 3-4 times a year. Rough-coated dogs should be brushed twice weekly at least.
  • Coat Type: Smooths – short and tight. Roughs – harsh, wiry, free from curl, preferably with undercoat.
  • Moulting: Medium shedding.
  • Exercise Needs: Minimal exercise required.
  • Average Life Span: 13 years.


  • Family: They are devoted to their owners & get along well with each other & children.
  • Temperament: Adaptable dog, willing to play rough and tumble with children or be a couch potato with a less mobile or older person.
  • Trainability: Respond to positive training but can be stubborn if harsh training is used and may resist lead training.
  • Sociability (Other Pets): Good with other pets.
  • Barking: Medium tendency.


Griffons can make good watchdogs as they bark and will alert you.


Narrow jaws which need to be kept strong and exercised by chewing bones. They can snuffle and snort if excited or agitated.