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Griffon Belge

Last updated: Aug 31 2023

Griffon Belge is a unique dog breed from Belgium bred for hunting rats and other vermin in Belgium streets. These are very intelligent and affectionate dogs, and because of that, they are favored by people. Griffon Belge dogs have a lot of energy as they were bred for working purposes.

FUN FACT: This is one variant of the breed. The other two are Griffon Bruxellois and Petit Brabançon.

Griffon Belge


7-10 in (18-25 cm)

Griffon Belge


8-10 lb (3,5–4,5 kg)

Griffon Belge



Griffon Belge

Life Expectancy:

12-15 years

Dog Breed Characteristics

Energy Level
Grooming Needs
Exercise Needs
Kid Friendly
Dog Friendly
General Health


Griffon Belge dogs have a rough coat with an undercoat. Their hair is harsh and wavy. Regular brushing is required to keep this dog looking good.

Griffon Belge coat colors:

  • Black
  • Black and tan

With these dogs, the rest is basic care. Trim their nails if the dog doesn’t wear them out naturally, regularly check their ears for any signs of infection (bad odor, redness…), and bathe them a few times a year.

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Griffon Belge dogs are medium active, and they will need a proper amount of daily activities to be happy. Playing with his owner in the house, chasing the ball, or just long walks can all do the trick and keep this dog satisfied. If you provide him with enough daily activities, you don’t have to worry that your dog will miss behaving.


The best thing you can do is expose your dog to many different situations, people, dogs, animals and sounds to learn how to properly react. You can even socialize your dog at home: dress differently and act differently so that your dog can’t recognize you right away.

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Griffon Belge and kids

As a pet, the Griffon Belge can be wonderful. They get along great with all family members and love spending time with them. They especially love kids, and they can be great playing partners for them.

No matter how good your dog is, you should never let them play without supervision, so any unwanted behavior would emerge (nipping, tail pulling, etc.)

Griffon Belge and other animals

Griffon Belge gets along with other dogs and enjoys their company. With proper socialization, you don't have to worry that your dog will become aggressive or wouldn't get along with other dogs. Griffon Belge can get along with other smaller animals, and here is where the correct socialization process will take its part.


Every dog can develop some health problems, and Griffon Belge also can suffer from some conditions. To be sure that you will end up with the dog with the best possible health, always buy Griffon Belge from a responsible dog breeder. Responsible breeders will regularly check their breeding dogs to ensure that their puppies will be without inherited diseases.

Griffon Belge can suffer from the following:

  • Eye infections
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Allergies
  • Patella luxation

Griffon Belge breeders

Griffons Belge are not so popular dogs around the world so you must be prepared that you will have to wait for your puppy if you decide that this is the best dog for you. While searching for breeders, always find the good ones, and if you do so you don’t have to worry that your dog will end up with inherited diseases. While talking to breeders, always ask them to show you the health certificates of their dogs.



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Updated at31.08.2023.

Breed History

Griffon Belge originates from Belgium, where they were used for hunting vermin in stables. In the creation of Griffon Belge, many breeds took part, including Affenpinscher, Pug, and English Toy Spaniel. As time passed, these dogs were favored for their work abilities. They were also used as pets.

Both World Wars decreased the number of these dogs, and they were nearly extinct in their native land, but they were still used in England, and thanks to them, this dog breed survived.

Brussels Griffons are still a rare dog breed even today.