Griffon Bruxellois

Breed History / Description

The Griffon hails from Belgium and is seen in two varieties – the rough coated and the less frequently seen smooth coat. Portraits of the Old Masters from the 15th Century feature dogs of Griffon type and one of his early roles was as watchdog in stables where he could also keep down rodents. There are some similarities in head type with the Affenpinscher and it is thought that the two breeds share some common ancestry. The Griffon Bruxellois is part of the Toy Breed Group.


Smart little dog with disposition of a terrier. Two varieties, rough coated, Griffon Bruxellois and smooth coated, Petit Brabançon. Both with pert, monkey-like expression, heavy for size. 


Lively and alert.

Club, K., 2018. The Kennel Club's Breed Standards. 5th ed. London SW1V 2SA: Ebury Press.

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