Dog breeds: Tiny Brussels Griffon temperament and personality

Dog breeds: Tiny Brussels Griffon dog temperament and personality

The Tiny Brussels Griffon

The Brussels Griffon dog is a toy dog originated in the city of Brussels, Belgium. He is a small dog but don´t let his size fool you. This is one smart dog who is usually ahead of his owners. He is also affectionate and lively which makes him an adorable pet.


The Brussels Griffon dog or Griffon Bruxellois (England) was conceived in Brussels, Belgium to keep stables free of mice and rats. The breeds that participated in his creation include the Pug, Affenpinscher, and the English Toy Spaniel. Crossing these three gave origin to a small great mouse-hunter with an almost human face.

With time, these dignified small dogs were found both in stables and castles. Their standard was written in 1883. These dogs have always been rare. Their popularity rose from the interest of Queen Marie Henriette, who was a dog lover. They went back to the spotlight somewhere at the end of the 1950s and the Jack Nicholson´s As Good as It Gets made them popular again in the late 1990s.

Physical Characteristics

They have a small and sturdy body. They usually present two different types of coat, rough and smooth. Other than this, the standards apply the same to both. Their human-like expression makes popular culture liken them to Ewoks. They typically grow 7 to 8 inches tall and weigh 7 to 12 pounds.  


The Brussels Griffon dog´s personality goes from pretty outgoing to reserved. The majority stand in-between. They require attention and do not enjoy being left alone at home.

Caring for a Brussels Griffon dog

This is a housedog that you do not leave by itself in a backyard. Inside the house, they might entertain you with their hunting skills, either in the city or the country. They are very energetic and need regular exercise. This is not the regular toy do that requires pampering. You need to take him out for walks.


Training must be fun and with positive reinforcement. Due to his intelligence, this dog should not be hard to train.

Fun facts

  • Smooth-coated Griffons are named “Brabancons
  • These dogs are pretty sensitive and they will let you know
  • Breeding Griffons is pretty difficult and they usually require C-section.

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