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The Brussels Griffon is smart, alert, sensitive, and full of self-importance. They can act very offended when they are not taken seriously. A well socialized Griffy will get along with other dogs, cats and children (preferably older). They love everyone and attention but tend to favor one person as their chosen. A Brussels Griffon gives new meaning to the term “velcro dog”. Don’t expect to visit the bathroom or shower without their supervision!
Brussels Griffons have been described as looking like the Ewok of Star Wars fame. They were accepted as a breed by the American Kennel Club in 1960, as a member of its Toy Group. Like many small dogs, the Brussels Griffon seems to have no concept of its diminutive size and as a result can get into trouble if it tries to dominate larger dogs (i.e. “small dog syndrome”). It can also be moody and on occasion exhibit bullying tenancies.
He will keep you in stitches with his antics, prove an excellent watchdog, and rule your household with an iron paw. For such a little guy he’s highly active and a talented escape artist. They are not especially high-energy dogs but do require regular exercise and mental stimulation. They get bored quickly and do not do well being left alone too long. Separation anxiety is common and a bored griffy is guaranteed to find trouble!