All About The Breed: Brussels Griffon

Alert, intelligent, curious and loyal, Brussels Griffons are a pleasure to own. Plus, if you are allergic to dogs this hypoallergenic breed offers a great option. Introduced as an official breed by the AKC in 1910, the Brussels Griffon is a small dog with medium energy levels.

Getting a dog means adding another member to your family, which is why this dog makes a great fit. They’re part of the pack, thanks to their adorable human-like expressions!

How Popular Is The Brussels Griffon?
This breed ranks as the 99th most popular dog in the world (out of 184 AKC-recognized breeds). The Brussels Griffon is not considered a common dog breed, but remains highly popular amongst those that know one personally.

They have gained some popularity in recent years thanks to appearances in the media. A mix between a Brussels Griffon and a Chihuahua appears on the show Mike and Molly. A purebred Brussels Griffon stars in As Good As It Gets.

The real star of As Good As It Gets – amiright?

Personality & Exercise Needs: Is A Brussels Griffon Right For You?
The Brussels Griffon prefers to be close to their owner(s) as often as possible. They make a good couch buddy but they also have bursts of energy where they fly around the room or yard like a little rocket. This breed needs daily walks, plenty of playtime – and lots of cuddles, too.

Their small size and moderate energy levels make them great apartment dogs, as long as you have time to play with them and take them for daily walks. Because of their loyal and loving nature this breed makes a great family dog. Like many breeds, they are not recommended for families with children younger than five.

History Of Brussels Griffon
Tblack-brussels-griffon-puppyhe Brussels Griffon originated in Belgium and is one of three variations: the Brussels Griffon, the Belgian Griffon, and the Petit Brabancon. All three of these dogs originated from the Smousje, a rough-coated dog that looks like a terrier.

Brussels Griffons gained a lot of popularity towards the end of the 19th century amongst workers and noblemen from Belgium. When Queen Marie Henriette fell crown over heels for the breed she propelled them into international popularity. As a result, the breed was exported around the world and Brussels Griffon clubs originated in England and the US.

Do Brussels Griffons Shed?
There are two different types of coats this dog may possess, either rough or smooth. Both require brushing twice per week. Smooth coats tend to shed more, although the rough coat requires more shaping and overall maintenance. Shedding is seasonal and the thick of it generally only lasts around 2-weeks. Keeping up with regular brushing and grooming will reduce shedding around the house.

Brussels Griffon Dry Paw Pads
If a Brussels Griffon regularly walks on hot pavement, sand, or any rough surfaces it’s important to check their paws for signs of dryness, cracking or roughness. If your dog’s paw pads are not smooth to the touch they need some assistance to prevent discomfort and pain.

Paw Soother is specially formulated to naturally reduce uncomfortably dry and cracked paws by restoring moisture and providing a protective barrier against the elements.401.300.0_rpttn8xtgxxb

Brussels Griffon Dry Nose
While this huggable breed is less susceptible to heat stroke compared with other short snout breeds, Brussels Griffons are still prone to developing a dry, cracked or crusty nose.

If your dog’s nose is dry and/or cracked this can cause serious discomfort and negatively impact sense of smell. A dog that can’t smell properly is not able to analyze their environment, potentially causing them to become anxious, moody, etc.

You don’t have to let your dog suffer in silence. Snout Soother has already healed dry, cracked dog noses all around the world! We would love to help your dog too. The easy to apply all-natural balm made from carefully sourced ingredients is 100% safe. Your dog can lick it all they want; it’s just as good for his or her insides as it is a dry nose.

Sources:

http://www.brussels-griffon.info/publiced.htm

http://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/brussels-griffon/

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