Non-sporting Breeds

Brussels Griffon

Brussels Griffon
Pedigree Points
Recognized: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: 7-8 in (18-20.5cm)
Weight: 5-11 lb (2.2-5kg), but 6-10 lb (2.7-4.5kg) most desirable
Coat: Rough: harsh and wiry Smooth: soft and smooth
Color: Red, black, or black and rich tan with white markings; FCI classifies the black, black/tan, or red/black as Belgian Griffon

An early example of the Brussels Griffon is depicted in a painting of 1434 by the Flemish painter, Jan Van Eyck. Once kept by hansom 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. When Pug blood was added to the rough-coated Brussels Griffon, the infusion resulted in a smooth-haired variety, which is recognized as a distinct breed in Europe known as the Petit Brabancon. Other breeds, including Yorkshire and Irish Terriers, have undoubtedly contributed to the modern griffons. This intelligent, cheerful little dog, with its terrierlike disposition, makes a fine companion. The Griffon has never suffered from the overpopularity of some breeds and is a good family choice. The coat of the rough requires a lot of attention, but the coats of pet dogs may be clipped.
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