griffon bruxellois breed information

common health issues

A luxating patella is a knee cap that moves out of its groove � sometimes referred to as a "trick knee". It is usually caused by several inherited factors including a shallow patella groove. In individuals with moderate or severe disease, surgical correction in often recommended to prevent a progression that includes severe lameness, chronic pain and thickening of the knee.

Corneal dystrophy is weakness in the layers of the cornea. Severely affected dogs are prone to painful corneal erosions and ulcers. Some types of corneal dystrophy result in lipid or cholesterol deposits on the cornea, which are generally painless and do not interfere with vision. Treatment varies depending on the severity of the lesions.

Cataracts describes the transparency of the lens in the eye.While cataracts are a common finding in older dogs, many breeds, including Cavaliers, have a genetic predisposition to juvenile cataracts, i.e., occurring in young animals. Hereditary cataracts can occur as early as six months of age and progress to complete loss of vision by two years old. The good news is that most affected lenses can be treated surgically. Cost of treatment: $1,500 to $3,000 per lens.

The retina is responsible for transmitting light to the brain where it is interpreted as an image. PRA causes deterioration of retinal cells and causes blindness. It can affect puppies as young as a few weeks old, or may appear later in life. There is no treatment or cure, but blind dogs usually can lead quite happy lives.

Hip dysplasia is an inherited condition in which the ball and socket of the hip joint do not fit well together, resulting in a hip with increased laxity. This laxity can lead to degenerative changes and depending on the severity, may require surgical correction.

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.

Use the condition checker tool to learn what common conditions your pet may have.

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