The Brussels Griffon is a Toy breed, originally bred in Brussels Belgium, that weighs on average 5-15 lbs. and stands on average 6-10 inches tall at the shoulder. With an average lifespan of 12-15 years, the Brussels is a hardy little dog that is big on personality and adaptable to many lifestyles. The breed had a claim to fame in the 1997 Jack Nicholson movie, As good as it gets.
The Brussels is a comedian, both in looks and temperament. Happy and sweet, he is best suited to be in your lap or by your side. The Brussels does not require a lot of space, can easily be litterbox trained and does well in small apartments and urban living. The breed is good with children but is fragile due to his small bone structure so interactions with children should always be supervised and children taught to be gentle when handling this little guy. Don't let his small size fool you though, as the Brussels is big in attitude and doesn't let his small stature stop him from being a protector of his home and family and he is an excellent watchdog. This breed requires minimal exercise and space and does best when he is sharing his life with his family or special someone. He is inquisitive and sensitive and does well utilizing positive training methods to bring out his best in training.
This breed has a wiry coat that is considered to be very low shedding and easy to maintain through regular brushing sessions with his owner. Coloring can be Belge, black, red, or black and tan, and some dilute colors have been seen.
As this is a brachycephalic (short faced) breed, it is important to understand the needs of this type of breed prior to purchase to ensure that this breed suits your lifestyle and climate, and to provide proper care during hot weather or excessive activities for the health and well being of the dog.