Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Breed of the Week - Brussels Griffon - Kansas City Dog Photography

*Below information from dogbreedinfo.com*

About
The Griffon is a sturdy toy dog who is often thought to look like a Star Wars Ewok. The large head is round with a domed forehead and a deep stop. The muzzle is very short appearing to be pushed back. The black nose is very short. The dog has an overbite with a hanging tongue. The black eyes are wide set and prominent with long, black eyelashes. Natural ears are carried semi-erect, when cropped the ears stand up coming to a point. There are two types of coats, rough and smooth. The rough coat is dense and wiry. On the smooth coat, also called the Petit Brabancon variety, where the fur is short, tight, glossy and straight. The short coats are easier to groom. Coat colors include red (reddish brown with a little black at the whiskers and chin), belge (a mixture of red-brown and black usually with black mask and whiskers), black and tan (black with reddish brown markings under the chin, legs, above each eye, the edges of the ears and around the vent), and solid black.

Temperament
The Griffon is an intelligent cheerful dog with a terrier-like disposition. With lots of personality, they make a fine companion dog and are good with other dogs and cats. Affectionate, charming, lively and curious, they love everyone. The Griffon cannot live outside in a kennel. If you feed them table scraps, they may become greedy or picky eaters. May be difficult to housebreak. They make good watchdogs and can be taught to perform tricks. Because of this dogs almost human looking facial expression, they have not only been nicknamed "monkey face", but are prone to being treated as if they are not dogs, but little humans.

Height, Weight
Height: 7-8 inches (18-20cm)
Weight: 6-12 pounds (2.5-5.5kg)

Health Problems
Prone to slipped stifle, eyes and respiratory problems. Sensitive to the heat. Not the easiest whelpers, dams often require a cesarean section.

Exercise
These little dogs are very active indoors, however, like all dogs, they still need to be taken for a daily walk to fulfill a dog's primal instinct to walk.

Life Expectancy
About 12-15 years

Grooming
The coat of the Rough requires a lot of attention, however the coat of the pet dogs may be clipped. The Griffon sheds little to no hair.

Origin
There are three varieties of Griffon. The Brussels Griffon, Belgian Griffon and Petit Griffon. The Belgian Griffon has a long, wiry coat with fringe around the face. The Brussels Griffon has a wiry coat that is longer than the Belgian Griffon. The Petit Brabancon has a short, smooth coat. The Brussels Griffon was first shown at the Brussels Exhibition of 1880. An early example of the breed is depicted in a Van Eyck, the Flemish painter. Once kept by cab drivers of 17th century Brussels to rid their stables of vermin, the Brussels Griffon became a companion breed by virtue of its appealing character.

Some adorable Brussels Griffons and Brussels Griffon Mixes I have met recently at KC PAWS! All still up for adoption!

Honey


Sassy


Marley

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