About this group
These little dogs have a personality much bigger than their humble proportions. With exceptionally expressive faces, bags of energy and a social, affectionate nature, the Griffon Bruxellois is a joy to be around.
Originating in Brussels in the 1800s (the breed’s name translates to the Brussels Griffon), they were first bred to hunt rats in their owner’s stables. It is thought that over time they were bred with several types of small dog, including the Black Pug and the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and, by the end of the 19th century, they became a favourite with Belgian nobility. These days, they are considered quite rare.
The Griffon Bruxellois is a favourite with Hollywood big-shots, appearing in various films, including As God as it Gets, The First Wives Club and Godferd Park.
They may be small, but they are a steardy, alert dogs. They need daily walks, but are suitable for apartment living. Health wise, they are robust, but can suffer from slipped stifle, eye and respiratory problems. They are sensitive to the heat and may require a caesarean section to have puppies.
By joining this group, you club together with other Griffon Bruxellois owners to get a great deal on pet insurance.