Brussels Griffon can trace their roots back to Belgium, and were originally bred to hunt vermin some 200 years ago. Some say they are a blend of English Toy Spaniel, Pug and a type of small German terrier. They are very individualistic, and the Brussel’s temperament ranges from outgoing and active to reserved, verging on shy. They have a short, rough wiry coat that does not require a whole lot of grooming. A Brussels Griffon who feels ignored may resort to misbehavior to get your attention.
Common Health Conditions
- The Brussels Griffon's prominent eyes are prone to being scratched and becoming irritated. Be sure to check with your vet if your dog's eyes are red or he is rubbing them excessively.
- Brachycephalic syndrome, affects dogs with a short nose, like your Brussels Griffon. He has the same amount of tissue in his nose and throat as the longer-nosed dogs, but there’s no place for it to go. This can eventually lead to respiratory distress.
- Mats and tangles in a Brussels Griffon’s coat can lead to skin infections, particularly moist, painful skin lesions called hot spots.