Brussles, Belgium is the city of origin for this little toy dog. Notably, a rather rare breed, finding one could pose a challenge. This dog was made popular in the movie, "As Good As It Gets", staring Jack Nicholson. Brussels are happy and comical. Often they are described as being " full of themselves". That said, they are a clever dog in need of a firm hand to abide by household rules. Hence, they are extremely entertaining and fun to live with. Also to note, they get on well with older children and other house pets. Finally, due to their small terrier size, they are easy to carry around and good for mobile owners.
Find out more about this breed at the American Kennel Club
The life expectancy of the Brussels Griffon is 12-15 years.
Size & Activity Level
Brussels range in size from 7-12 pounds. They are part of the Toy Group. Feisty and rambunctious, this active dog is always out for fun and action. The breed is very energetic and likes lots of activities. However, the good news is apartment living and homes with small back yards work out well. Daily exercise is required, so be prepared to keep them busy. To note, these dogs love being right next to their owners. Often call "velcro dogs", they do not do will left alone for long periods of time. Lastly, these adorable littles guys are sometimes referred to a "monkey faces", and have an almost human like expression.
Care & Grooming
The Brussels Griffon is an easy-to-care-for breed. That said, they are non-shedding, and have 2 types of coats:
These have a wiry, dense coat with no silky hair.These coats will need weekly brushing.
These coast have a glossy, straight, short coat that lies close to the skin. These coats need very liitle grooming.
Important to note though, both coat types will need baths when they start smelling doggy-like. Another point, the colors range from, red, beige, black and tan, and black. Always keep in mind, nail clipping, ear cleaning and teeth need a regimented upkeep. A healthy dog food will keep them in good health. Ultimately, they are an overall healthy breed. Always remember to contact your vet or breeder for more information.