Breed Information Centre

Griffon Bruxellois


Illustration of Griffon Bruxellois

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.

Breed Group
Vulnerable Native Breed
How much exercise?
Up to 30 minutes per day
Length of coat
How much grooming?
More than once a week
Supposedly sheds? *
Town or Country
Type of home
Minimum Garden Size
Over 12 Years

* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on the Kennel Club website.


  • Smooth Coat

The Toy Breed Group

The Toy breeds are small companion or lap dogs. Many of the Toy breeds were bred for this capacity although some have been placed into this category simply due to their size. They should have friendly personalities and love attention. They do not need a large amount of exercise and some can be finicky eaters.

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