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    Brussels Griffon |Belgium|

    Brussels Griffon |Belgium|

    Also known as the Griffon Bruxellois, this breed is of ancient origin and was perhaps first documented in the fifteenth-century painting The Marriage of Giovanni Arnolfini, by Jan Van Eyck. (Although the breed bears a strong resemblance to the little dog in the painting, that image has been cited as the ancestor of a number of other modern breeds as well.) The Brussels Griffon is a fun, plucky companion breed that exhibits many terrier qualities. These dogs are game for any adventure and enjoy long walks, but are equally happy to settle down in an armchair and be a lap dog. They are spirited, bold, outgoing, and friendly, although they can be prone to barking.


    Whether or not this is the breed portrayed in Jan Van Eyck’s masterpiece, it certainly traces back to a rough coated terriertype and was popular for many years as a guard dog on horse drawn cabs, as well as a ratter on farms. During the nineteenth century, there was some influence from Pugs, Affenpinschers, and King Charles Spaniels.

    Brussels Griffons have been described as “Velcro with four legs” because they like to stick to their owners and hate to be left alone.

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    From Dogs Unleashed, Copyright by Tamsin Pickeral, licensed through ContentOro, Inc and used by arrangement with Thunder Bay Press

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