Brussels Griffon...

 

For centuries, rough coated, short nosed toy dog breeds have been found in Belgium, but the true history of the Griffon Bruxellois started in the 1800s, not in royal palaces, but in coach houses. The Griffon Bruxellois or Brussels Griffon is a breed of toy dog, named for the city of their origin, Brussels, Belgium. The Griffon Bruxellois may refer to three different breeds, the Griffon Bruxellois, the Griffon Belge and the Petit Brabançon. Identical in standard except for coat and colour differences, in some standards they are considered varieties of the same breed, much like Belgian Sheepdogs. The Griffon Bruxellois is known to have a huge heart, and a strong desire to snuggle and be with his or her master. Griffons tend to bond with one human more than others.

There are two distinct coat types. The rough coat of the Brussels and Belgian Griffons is wiry and dense. The coat on the head is slightly longer than elsewhere, forming a fringe around the head and a beard. The smooth coat is similar to the Boston Terrier or English Bulldog with no wire hair allowed. Very little or even no clipping is vital to maintaining the coat and overall appearance. Light brushing is required to remove hair shed and any mats. Blending shears are used to remove hair on the outside ear leather. To keep their wiry coat free of mats, Rough Brussels Griffons require regular brushing, and also clipping and trimming every few months.

Brussels Griffon

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