The Brussels Griffon is a part of three varieties of Griffon, the other two being Belgian Griffon and Petit Griffon. The earliest depiction of the breed in history is in Flemish painter van Eyck’s works in the 14th century. In the 17th century, Flemish coachmen kept Brussels Griffon to get rid of vermin in their stables. After a near extinction during the first and second World Wars, the breed was revived by dedicated breeders. However, it still remains a rather uncommon breed.
Brussels Griffon is small and flat-faced, with thick set, strong body. The striking physical feature in this breed is that the nose and eyes set at the same level. A domed head; high set, well apart ears; dark, black-rimmed, wide set eyes; a pronounced stop; nose angling upwards; wiry, long coat in shades of red and brown; are some of the other characteristics.
The Griffon comes in red, black or black and tan, with no particular color being more popular than the other.
Intelligent, alert, and self-important, Brussels Griffon can be curious and moody, yet charming and sensitive. The breed loves to be close to the family and to be spoilt. They are good with other canine and non-canine pets. Brussels Griffon can be difficult to housebreak as well as to feed as they are likely to be either picky or overeaters. They are good with older, affectionate kids. Brussels Griffon loves to bark.
Birthing problems leading to caesarean section; cleft palate resulting in improper feeding after birth and hence starvation; eye problems such as cataracts, lacerations, glaucoma and lens luxations; and heat stroke because of its short snout and therefore improper breathing are health problems associated with Brussels Griffon. They are active indoors and need only a daily walk to remain happy. They do best when kept in apartments, with walks when the temperatures are down.
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