Everything you need to know to buy or adopt a Brussels Griffon puppy or adult dog.


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Buying or Adopting a Brussels Griffon

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2017


Is a DOG really the right pet for you?

I've been helping people choose and find dogs for over 35 years now, and I have to say that for many people, dogs are not ideal pets.

Pros AND Cons of Owning a Dog


Should you get a purebred, crossbred, or mixed breed dog?

Don't set your sights on any purebred dog until you read these three eye-opening articles:

The Truth About Purebred Dogs

The Truth About Crossbred Dogs

The Truth About Mixed Breed Dogs


Is a Brussels Griffon the right breed for you?

Brussels Griffons: What's Good About 'Em, What's Bad About 'Em

Brussels Griffon Health Problems


Are YOU right for a Brussels Griffon?

Can you provide what this breed needs?

  • Someone home most of the day
  • Fenced yard (not an electronic/underground fence)
  • No young children in the household
  • No large dogs in the household (safety issue)
  • Extra safety precautions – ongoing supervision and surveillance of what's going on around your Brussels Griffon, being careful where you step or sit, not allowing leaps from high furniture, keeping small objects off the floor so the dog can't choke, closing all gaps in fences and gates, etc.
  • Sufficient exercise after maturity – enough ongoing exercise that your Brussels Griffon stays slim and is tired enough to sleep contentedly and not get into mischief
  • "Mental exercise" – interesting activities that keep the mind stimulated, such as challenging dog toys; a homemade obstacle course; tricks and games such as Musical Toys and Hide 'n Seek; instructions in my training book, Teach Your Dog 100 English Words
  • Brushing – moderate
  • Trimming/clipping – every few months
  • An indoor lifestyle, except for exercise and bathroom breaks
  • A meat-heavy diet, either homemade or commercial – meat is expensive, so people with less money should opt for a small dog
  • An owner with enough money to treat the health problems Brussels Griffons are prone to (pet health insurance can really help here!)
  • An owner who is okay with snorting/wheezing and housebreaking taking a long time
  • Commitment to provide thorough socialization – introducing your Brussels Griffon to lots of people and other animals, diligently correcting any signs of misbehavior
  • Commitment to establish the right Leader-Follower relationship with your Brussels Griffon, teaching him to listen to you and do what you say

Should you get a male or female Brussels Griffon?

Symbols for male and female Male Dogs vs. Female Dogs
Which one makes a better pet?


Should you get a young puppy, an older puppy, or an adult dog?

Girl hugging a dog Puppies vs. Adult Dogs
What age should your new Brussels Griffon be?


Where can you buy or adopt a Brussels Griffon?

Brussels Griffons are middle-of-the-road in popularity in the United States. Out of 189 breeds in the American Kennel Club, where 1 is most popular and 189 is least popular, Brussels Griffons rank 97th. So you may need to hunt a bit, but they're there.

Adopting From Dog Rescue Organizations
You might find a Brussels Griffon available from a Dog Rescue group. But not many Brussels Griffons are turned over to Rescue groups, because not many people own them in the first place. Also the breed is not that difficult to live with, so fewer owners tend to give up on them and dump them into Rescue. But it does happen.

Adopting From Public Animal Shelters and Humane Societies
Brussels Griffons are rarely found here for the same reasons listed above. Plus, Brussels Griffon Rescue groups keep their eyes peeled on shelters and humane societies across the country. On the off chance that a Griffon turns up at a shelter, the rescue group typically moves in quickly to take the dog.

Buying From a Dog Breeder
You can buy a Brussels Griffon from a show breeder, who breeds Brussels Griffons to match a detailed standard of appearance for the dog show ring. You might also be able to buy a Brussels Griffon from people who "just breed pets" or "just had one litter." But should you? Be sure to read the article to learn more about these people.

Here's one difference between a responsible breeder and an irresponsible breeder – BOTH PARENTS of a Brussels Griffon puppy should have:

  • a certificate from the Canine Eye Registry Foundation (CERF) – dated within the past year – certifying the dog to be free of eye diseases
  • a certificate from the Orthopedic Foundation of America (OFA) certifying the dog to have normal knees

If a seller can't show you those certificates, the puppies are higher risk for health problems. You might choose to accept that risk. But then you need to be willing (and able) to pay a couple thousand bucks for future surgeries and lifelong meds if your Brussels Griffon ends up with cataracts and bad knee joints.

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Brussels Griffons are sometimes found in pet shops. I have plenty to say about buying a puppy from a pet shop!


Related Articles

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How to test the temperament and personality of Brussels Griffon puppies and pick the best puppy in a litter.


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Should you consider buying only AKC registered Brussels Griffon puppies? Do AKC papers and pedigrees really matter?


To help you train and care for your dog

book cover To learn more about training your dog to be calm and well-behaved, my dog training book is Teach Your Dog 100 English Words. It's a unique Vocabulary and Respect Training Program that will teach your dog to listen to you and do whatever you ask.

book cover My dog buying guide, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, will teach you everything you need to know about finding a good-tempered, healthy dog.

book cover My dog health care book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, shows you how to help your dog live a longer life while avoiding health problems and unnecessary veterinary expenses.