You will be hard-pressed to find a more adorable dog than the Brussels Griffon. This member of the toy group is a descendant of the small ratting terrier dogs in 1800s Belgium. Thought to be a mix of German Affenpinscher and Belgian street dogs, the Brussels Griffon was popular with both workers and noblemen.
Because of the upheaval Europe experienced, World Wars I and II were hard on every European dog breed, and the Brussels Griffon was no exception. Thanks to dedicated breeders, the breed was brought back from the brink after World War II.
The breed is considered rare in the United States, but did enjoy a small peak in popularity after being featured in the 1997 movie “As Good as it Gets.” “Verdell” was played by six different Brussels Griffons and charmed both movie goers as well as Jack Nicholson’s grumpy character.
Brussels Griffons are small, but are plucky and independent. They tend to bond to one owner, but are friendly with all family members, both young and old. Grooming is a breeze with these dogs, and when given an outlet for their energy, they can enjoy life even in the smallest of apartments.
Despite their independent streak, Brussels Griffons are still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses they are prone to include eye conditions such as cataracts, corneal dystrophy and progressive retinal atrophy; and joint conditions such as hip dysplasia and luxating patellas.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Brussels Griffon inherits his mom’s bad eyes or his dad’s weak hips, you’re covered.