This unusual and lively little dog was first used to hunt out rats in their motherland, Belgium. Today, they are a much-loved family companion that will bring a smile to the faces of those who invite this wonderful breed into their homes.
|Temperament||Affectionate curious and charming|
|Suitable||Family friendly with correct training|
|Health||Generally a healthy robust dog however can suffer from breed-related issues|
|COMMON CLAIMS||MAXIMUM CLAIM|
|Anal Sac Disorder||$241.96|
|Gastrointestinal Tract Condition||$1,347.63|
|Liver/Gallbladder/Biliary Tract Condition||$4,579.02|
|Muscle/Skeletal Conditions – Arthritis/Hip Disorder||$194.00|
|Neoplasia or Mass Lesion||$2,034.78|
*Pet Insurance Australia Data 2022/2023
Don’t be fooled by size; this wee little bundle needs a good dose of training, or they will most certainly have the whole household trained! A lively little dog that will thrive in an active, loving household. They have been known to be challenging to house-train, so consider crate training and stay persistent. Griffons are known for being bossy boots, so early training is essential. Like all breeds, your Griffon will need early socialisation to grow into a well-rounded dog, so think of as many sights, sounds and situations as possible. Puppy preschools work wonderfully for this and can also help with early training. They need positive training with plenty of repetition. This breed loves to stick like glue to those they love. However, your little shadow must learn some good doggy manners, particularly regarding visitors. Lots of praise and a little tasty food go a long way in training these wee dogs. Like all breeds, long, boring training sessions will not interest your pup. Keep it fun, light and positive. When you see your dog losing interest, change the training or take a break. They excel in all dog sports and will actively participate in any adventure you partake in.
The Griffon comes in two coat types: rough and smooth. The rough-coated variety (or wire coat) will require weekly grooming with a bristle brush and a metal comb to keep the coat mat free and looking its best. The coat will also need the attention of a professional groomer twice a year to ‘hand strip. Some owners also clip their rough-coated Griffons to keep the coat feeling soft.
Their smooth-coated cousins do not need the same attention and will benefit from a weekly brush with a rubber mitt to remove dead hair. Vet-proofing your pet is also a good idea, this includes clipping their nails and getting your dog used to having their paws, faces, ears and teeth touched without any fear. This can help with vet visits down the line.
Your pet’s health is priceless. Don’t leave it up to chance.
Like with all pure dog breeds, the Brussels Griffon can have unique health issues. While they are generally a healthy dog breed, the Brussels Griffon can be predisposed to specific health problems, including:
This little dog can be an excellent house dog but does require a lot of exercise to keep them happy and healthy. They don’t necessarily need an enormous backyard to burn off this energy, but they require an excellent off-leash run and brisk daily walk. However, care must be taken during the heat. This breed can suffer from heatstroke quickly, so always take care during summertime entertainment. Consider enrolling in a dog sport for an extracurricular activity where you and your dog can excel.
The Griffon is a clever wee fellow who will lead if nobody is around. They adore their family and will tend to have a favourite in the household that may leave others a little jealous of your four-legged BFF. Because of this intelligent streak and need to be loved, your dog will become destructive if left alone for long periods or not sufficiently exercised or trained. Consider boredom-busting toys like treatballs and Kongs, plus rotate your home-alone toys daily.
The Griffon can be a one-person dog and will thrive in the homes of those who have said goodbye to their grown children. They love to be loved and to be the shadow of their loving owners. The breed can become irritated at loud, unruly children or those who demand cuddles or chasing. However, in saying this, if the pup has grown up around children, they can quickly learn to tolerate such excitement in the home. Like with all breeds, large or small, your children need to be taught how to interact with a dog correctly and a dog trained how to play with a child correctly. Supervision is always recommended with any dog/child relationship. Remember that sitting cuddles that are instigated by the pup is always best. Griffons will live well with other pets, particularly after good socialisation as pups.
This breed does not take well to life outdoors. They will struggle in the heat and the cold weather. This makes them ideally suited to apartment life and life in the lap of a loving owner. They are most certainly house dogs. Ensure your pet always has ample cool and weatherproof areas and ample water. Never exercise your pup in the heat of the day.
It is imperative to only source your new Brussels Griffon from a reputable breeding establishment to ensure your puppy is happy and healthy. Ask all the important questions about hereditary problems, and if you can, ask to view Mum and Dad. Contact your local breed club and research your chosen breeder; a good breeder will be well-known in these circles. Your breeder should have proof that they regularly test their dogs for genetic diseases and to ensure that the dogs they are breeding from have sound temperaments and grow into well-rounded dogs. It may take a little more time than a quick purchase, but it can save you and your family from unimaginable heartache and pain in dealing with a chronically sick puppy.
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