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The Griffon Bruxellois, a small dog with a singular appearance

In the range of the small dogs with a singular aspect, you are not at the end of your surprises. Among those that stand out is the Griffon Bruxellois. It is distinguished by its face, often likened to that of a man. This lively and funny dog is a pleasant companion for the whole family.

Characteristics of the Griffon Bruxellois

All the particularity of the Griffon Bruxellois is based on its unconventional physique. One point to specify: it is a dog of small size, making between 23 and 27 cm at the withers for a weight of 3 to 6 kg. With an elegant look and a strong bone structure, the Griffon Bruxellois has a solid and powerful body that can be fitted into a square. Its head is recognizable among thousand, because it reminds the human expression. With a crushed face, it is voluminous compared to the rest of the body and provided with a ruffled and hard hair. The hair becomes denser and fuller on the chin and cheeks and forms a kind of thick mustache. The muzzle and the eyes are also covered with hair. Small, the ears are well spaced one of the other and attached high. The eyes are round, large, brown, preferably very dark. Elsewhere, the hair is semi-long and has slight waves. The dress is generally red with the presence of black on the head.

History of the Griffon Bruxellois breed

Coming from Belgium like its cousins the Petit Brabançon and the Griffon Belge, the Griffon Bruxellois is also a descendant of the Smousje which comes from the Brussels region. It was mainly used by the coachmen of Brussels to watch over the carts and horses or to eliminate the rats in the stables. In order to perfect his physique, the Griffon Bruxellois was mixed with other breeds such as the Pug and the King Charles Spaniel Ruby. From then on, it became a very popular pet that even won the heart of Queen Marie-Henriette who introduced it into the royal court.

Necessary living conditions and behavior of the Griffon Bruxellois

The Griffon Bruxellois has an exemplary temperament. It is cheerful, curious and has a fine intelligence. It develops a strong character and is funny, lively and expressive at the same time. With children, the hours of play are likely to be endless. In addition, this dog will never balk at the idea of a little walk even if he prefers to be pampered in the lap of his owners. As he is small, living in an apartment is not a problem for him. However, as it is a very dynamic animal, it will be necessary to leave it as regularly as possible.

Food and main health problems of the Griffon Bruxellois

The Griffon Bruxellois can be subject to a number of diseases. Its crushed face can lead to an obstructive syndrome that manifests itself by regurgitation, snoring and even breathing problems. This dog can also be a victim of patella luxation or elbow dysplasia. Other diseases include skin diseases with allergies. Otherwise, the Griffon Bruxellois may suffer from hydrocephalus.