Griffon Belge

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The basics:
The Griffon Belge is one of three types of Griffons originating from Belgium. All Griffons started out as ratters and guards for Brussels cabbies in the 1800s. After this inauspicious start, the so-called "Monkey Face" ultimately became more of a companion dog. The little Griffon Belge in particular is a flat-faced cutie who loves to be with its owner. However, this Griffon isn't recognized in the US by the American Kennel Club (AKC), so if you prefer to own a registered breed, you may want to consider its relative, the Brussels Griffon (Griffon Bruxellois), instead.

Appearance / health:
The Griffon Belgeis a toy sized breed, but built sturdily. Physical attributes include: domed head with short nose, bright prominent eyes, undershot jaw, human-like expressions, thick body, usually the breed has cropped ears and a docked tail.

Although it sheds very little, the rougher coated dogs may need more grooming attention than some others. The hair can be “hand stripped” and clipped to soften the coat up a bit.

Given their good activity level indoors the breed doesn’t need a specific exercise schedule, however it does enjoy daily walks. Mental stimulation is important for this breed, as well, so games are a suggested avenue for both mental and physical exercise.

Griffon Belge have an increased presence of several health anomalies including but not limited to: slipped stifle (similar to a knee joint); eye and respiratory problems; weak bladders, distichiasis (eyelash growth anomalies); hydrocephalus (more prominent in the smaller among the breed); an elongated palate; narrowed nostrils; and webbed feet. Due to the breed’s small size, sometimes a litter needs to be whelped via cesarean-section.

Behavior / temperament:
Griffon Belge have an affable personality, and are quite charming, but have been known to be willful as well. They can be moody at times, and the breed thrives off of attention. Typically the Griffon will take to one person within its family unit, and want to be with that person at all times. They need human companionship and tend to be upset if left alone for large portions of the day.

Griffons are trained relatively easily, but it is important that training be consistent to see good results. They are stubborn, and don’t do well without a patient trainer. Some Griffons are difficult to housebreak, however they do make good watchdogs.

Griffon Belge are known to be frequent barkers.

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