The Small and Mighty Brussels Griffon

March 28, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

The small and mighty Brussels Griffon.

Originally bred in Brussels, Belgium; the Brussels Griffon was developed by breeding together a small terrier (used in ancient times to catch mice in barns), a pug and a King Charles Spaniel. The breed was made popular in the 1800's due to a love of the breed by Queen Marie Henriette.

WWI and WWII almost wiped out the breed completely. It was only through diligent breeding in the UK that the breed survived.

Considered a rare breed, there are not many breeders world wide.

The Brussels Griffon is an emotionally shy dog (but not aggressive), that requires solid socialization as a puppy. It is a short stocky dog standing between 9 and 11 inches and weighing about 10 lbs. It is a relatively healthy breed, with only a few genetic predispositions.

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Fun Facts:
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The makeup for the EWOKs characters in the 1983 film Return of the Jedi was developed to look similar to the Brussels Griffon because George Lucas owned one!

- The breed has been showcased in many movies/TV shows such as "As Good as it Gets", Mike and Molly, Sweet November, Spin City and The First Wives Club.

 

Do you own a rare breed? I would love to chat! Contact me to set up a session!

 


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