The Brussels Griffon, also known as the Griffon Bruxellois or just ‘Griffs’ for short, are a small and charming toy breed of dog originating from Brussels in Belgium. They were originally bred by coachmen to kill rats, but their history can be traced back as far as 1434. What they lack in stature they make up for in personality, and are known as highly affectionate, sensitive little dogs who bond closely with one person. Available in four colours, beige, black and tan, red, and black, they have either a smooth or wiry short coat that requires minimal grooming. Wiry-coated dogs are more often referred to as the Griffon Bruxellois.
Their comical beard and moustache covers most of their mouth, giving them their distinctive almost human-like appearance. Brussels Griffons are known for their spirited nature and are very playful, making them ideal companions for the housebound or elderly. They are intelligent and can easily be trained. Nicknamed the ‘velcro dog,’ these little furry companions like nothing better than snuggling on the settee or in bed with their owner, and thrive in homes where they receive lots of attention. They dislike being left alone, and can become stressed or depressed if parted from their owner, so they need a family that can give them constant companionship.
Their small size makes Brussels Griffons delicate and prone to injury, so they should be handled with care and not given too much rough play. They do not cope well with hot weather, so should be kept inside in the cool during extreme heat. This breed is prone to obesity so they should not be overfed and encouraged to exercise.
Most Australians can expect to pay between $20 and $60 a month for pet insurance. There are many factors that can influence the cost of pet insurance for your Brussels Griffon, including the following:
This is the most basic type of pet insurance, covering costs for accidental injuries such as car accidents, poisoning, burns, fractures, snake and spider bites, but not illnesses and other conditions.
This type of insurance provides cover for accidental injuries as well as illnesses like cancer, gastrointestinal problems and eye, ear and skin conditions, but not routine care for your pet.