Brussels Griffons and Belgian Griffons
The griffon originates in Belgium - Bruxellois meaning from the town of Brussels. There is also a Griffon Belge - Belge meaning Belgian. The colour of the griffon Belge is black, black-and-tan, and black-and-red. The smooth, or Petit Brabancon is difficult to breed, as the smooth gene is recessive, with rough being more dominant. The Brabanacon has a tighter coat.
Bruxellois, Belge, & Brabancon
types. Photos supplied by S. Vosloo This Belge Griffon is Shingi Cerny Onyx Brabancon griffons
Bruxellois, Belge, & Brabancon types.
Photos supplied by S. Vosloo
This Belge Griffon is Shingi Cerny Onyx
Griffons were bred to hunt for rats amongst the straw in stables in the days when horses and carriages were the main form of transport.
The endearing little griffons were often rewarded with rides in the carriages, and by the 19th century had become pets and lap dogs.
It is thought that the Affenpinscher is the forerunner of the griffon. Other breeds that have contributed to the final product are Barbet, pug, and later, King Charles spaniel. In 1898, a specialist griffon club was formed, and the standard is now in writing.
A griffon has a square shape, with a short docked, stumpy tail. They have small, cheeky, monkey-like faces, with big, alert eyes. The face has a bright, quizzical expression. They have whiskers and a short beard.
The griffon Bruxellois has a harsh coat, which should be hand-stripped to maintain the rough, wiry feel.
A griffon will adapt well to life in a home with a small garden. They are playful and make merry companions.
Griffons have appeared in "As Good as it Gets" and "Sweet November" movies.
Griffon is a rare breed, as they have small litters, two or three puppies. Griffons are scarce in South Africa, so there are seldom puppies available from breeders.
Class: Griffons are like terriers, but are classified in the Toy group because they are small.