Small, but brave. That expression certainly applies to the Brussels Griffon. Compared to the rest of its body, the animal has a large head, with a flat nose and very sweet eyes. There are two types of Brussels Griffons. One variety has a somewhat longer, rough coat, while the other variety has a short, straight and shiny coat.
There have been centuries dogs that resemble the Brussels Griffon. The famous painter Van Eyck, for example, has already painted a famous picture of a dog that looks suspiciously like the Brussels Griffon. The real history of the Brussels Griffon, however, only begins at the beginning of the 19th century. The dog was then still kept for catching rats. The breed was then refined by crossing the animal with a mix of different dogs. The animal was not very popular then. However, it was the intervention of the Royal Family itself that put the animal on the (noble) map.
The Belgian Queen Henrietta Maria had a weakness for the Brussels Griffon. When the Queen started to like the animal, other noble families also found it attractive to keep this dog. The increased popularity of the breed also made it more attractive to breed the animal even further. The animal became even more refined and its face became almost human.
The intelligent and cheerful character of the Brussels Griffon makes it a fine companion dog. The animals are full of energy, love to play games or go for a walk with their owner(s). However, the Brussels Griffon He also doesn't mind jumping on the sofa with his owner. They are relatively good with children and other dogs. One characteristic of this dog, however, is that they bark quite easily. By raising the animal well, this can be somewhat suppressed.
The Brussels Griffon is not difficult to raise. The animal is quite easy to handle. Of course it is advisable to send the pup to puppy school and let it socialise well. However, the dog is loyal to its owner and therefore likes to follow orders. The animals are very sensitive, so make sure that you do not handle them with a hard hand. In addition, the animals do not like to be left alone. When they are left alone for a long time, the annoying behaviour can arise that they constantly follow their owner.