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 has a short, straight and shiny coat.
For centuries there have been dogs that resemble the Brussels Griffon. For example, the famous painter Van Eyck already painted a famous painting that features a dog that looks suspiciously like the Brussels Griffon. However, the real history of the Brussels Griffon 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 at that time. However, it was the intervention of the Royal Family itself that put the animal on the (noble) map.
In fact, the Belgian Queen Henrietta Maria had a soft spot for the Brussels Griffon. As the Queen began 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 took on an almost human appearance.
The intelligent and cheerful nature of the Brussels Griffon make 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 Also doesn't mind jumping on the couch with his owner at all. 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 properly 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 puppy to puppy training and socialize it well. However, the dog is loyal to its owner and therefore likes to follow orders. The animals are very sensitive though, so make sure you don't handle them with a hard hand. In addition, the animals do not like to be alone. When they are left alone for a long time, the annoying behavior can arise that they constantly follow their owner.