Griffon Bruxellois

The Griffon Bruxellois is a small dog with an almost monkey-like expression and exuberant, playful character. The Griffon Bruxellois is available in both a smooth and rough coat and forms part of the toy group of dogs.

Griffon Bruxellois breed group


Size of the Griffon Bruxellois


Colour varieties of the Griffon Bruxellois

The Griffon Bruxellois comes in a rough or smooth coat, and both coat types can be found in the following colours:

  • Black & Tan
  • Black
  • Red

Country of origin


The Griffon Bruxellois through history

The Griffon Bruxellois can be traced back to the 1600s, but only arrived in the UK in the late 1800s.The Griffon Bruxellois was used as a stable dog with horses used for hansom cabs. Today the breed is kept as a companion pet.

Size and weight of the Griffon Bruxellois

Height bitch 18-20cms

Height dog 18-20cms

Weight (kilos) bitch 3.2-5kgs

Weight (kilos) dog 3.2-5kgs

Exercise requirements of the Griffon Bruxellois

The Griffon Bruxellois requires around 30 minutes of exercise daily, making it an ideal dog for the older or not-so-active dog owner.

Griffon Bruxellois temperament, socialisation with children, other dogs and other pets

The Griffon Bruxellois is a friendly, affable dog and a good family dog. It tends to be good with children, but families should ensure youngsters do not injure this delicate little dog. It is friendly with other dogs, and can live alongside cats and even other smaller pets if socialised well.

Is the Griffon Bruxellois a good dog for a first time dog owner?

Yes, the Griffon is intelligent and easy to train making it a good choice for the novice dog owner.

Griffon Bruxellois coat length

The smooth coat Griffon has a short, shiny coat. The rough variety has a coarse, medium length coat.

Grooming requirements of the Griffon Bruxellois

Short haired

Low. The short no-fuss coat requires little grooming, although a regular brushing with a good quality bristle brush or hound brush will add a lovely sheen to the coat.

Rough haired variety
The rough haired Griffon Bruxellois requires hand stripping twice a year by a professional dog groomer. Expect to pay from £40 for a hand strip.

Ears should be checked and cleaned regularly.


No. Both varieties of the Griffon Bruxellois sheds hair steadily throughout the year, making it an unsuitable choice of dog for allergy sufferers.

Health issues in the Griffon Bruxellois

Prospective owners should consult their breeder about the following known health issues in the breed which include:

  • Cleft palate
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
  • Difficulties giving birth due to size of the skull of the breed

As with all pedigree dogs, it is very important to obtain a puppy from a reputable source where you can be guaranteed that it has been bred with a view to avoiding the inherent physical and psychological diseases of the breed.

Average lifespan of the Griffon Bruxellois

A healthy Griffon should expect to enjoy a lifespan of around 12 years.

Approximate Griffon Bruxellois pedigree puppy price

Expect to pay around £400 for a puppy, and be aware that available litters of puppies are not that common. Register your interest with established reputable breeders, so they can notify you when a litter is expected. You may have to travel long distances to find your suitable puppy. There are generally 1-3 puppies in the average litter.

Estimating how much a Griffon Bruxellois would need to be fed each day

A dog or bitch weighing 5kgs will require around 123gms of complete dry food daily.

A dog or bitch weighing 5kgs will cost around £3 per week to feed.

Our figures are based on feeding an ‘above average quality’ and popular complete dry food bought from a leading supermarket.

Other financial costs to consider when owning any dog breed

Remember to budget for essential pet treatments and procedures that are not covered by pet insurance policies including:

  • Worming and fleas preparations
  • Annual Vaccination boosters
  • Neutering or spaying
  • Microchipping
  • Dental treatment