This little dog was originally the rodent catcher of the stables in Brussels and rode on the hansom cabs as the drivers' friend. Various breeds are mentioned as having been used to produce the Griffon of today.


Griffons can live up to 16 years of age.


The Griffon Bruxellois is a small dog with definite terrier instincts, and an inflated sense of self worth, however, its arrogant expression belies its loving and amiable disposition. The Griffon is very much what you make it. If you have children, the dog will enjoy their games and going for energetic walks. If you are older and your daily pursuits are more leisurely, the dog will grow up more sedate and become a close and loving friend. Griffons are very trainable and many have obedience and agility titles.




There are two distinct types of Griffon, the Griffon Bruxellois, the rough-coated variety with the whiskers and beard, and the smooth-coated Petit Brabancon. The rough coated Griffon requires regular grooming with a brush and comb. Twice a year it will need its coat either hand stripped (for showing) or perhaps clipped if it is a pet. Smooth-coated Griffons do not need the same coat care as do the Roughs, so if you are taken with the Griffon character, but feel you could not manage the longer coat, then a Smooth is the right dog for you. Be careful about using flea collars on your Griffon and always air them out well before putting them on your dog. For mealtimes a good small-sized portion of dry food mixed with canned food is ideal. Griffons will take just about as much exercise as most owners are willing to give, but are also content to be couch potatoes. Please take note: Potential breeders should be aware that rearing Griffon puppies is often not easy – but once they reach six weeks of age they develop into tough little dogs with few problems.


A Griffon is a very adaptable little dog that will fit very well into considerate families with young children, as well as being the ideal companion for older people.


If you have decided that the Griffon is the dog for you and you are willing to keep it entertained and give it plenty of exercise, contact one of the groups listed below:

Canine Clubs

Australian Capital Territory:New South Wales:
Dogs ACT
(ACT Canine Association Inc)
PO Box 815
Dickson, ACT 2602
Tel: 02 6241 4404
Fax: 02 6241 1129
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs NSW
(Royal New South Wales Canine Council Ltd)
PO Box 632
St Marys, NSW 1790
Tel: 02 9834 3022
Fax: 02 9834 3872
(Details current as of 10/10/2013)
Northern Territory :Queensland:
Dogs NT
(North Australian Canine Association Inc)
PO Box 37521
Winnellie, NT 0821
Tel: 08 8984 3570
Fax: 08 8984 3409
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs Queensland
(Canine Control Council (Queensland))
PO Box 495
Fortitude Valley, Qld 4006
Tel: 07 3252 2661
Fax: 07 3252 3864
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
South Australia :Tasmania :
Dogs SA
(South Australian Canine Association Inc)
PO Box 844
Prospect East, SA 5082
Tel: 08 8349 4797
Fax: 08 8262 5751
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs Tasmania
(Tasmanian Canine Association Inc)
The Rothman Building
PO Box 116
Glenorchy, Tas 7010
Tel: 03 6272 9443
Fax: 03 6273 0844
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Victoria:Western Australia:
Dogs Victoria
(Victorian Canine Association)
Locked Bag K9
Cranbourne, Vic 3977
Tel: 03 9788 2500
Fax: 03 9788 2599
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs West
(Canine Association of Western Australia Inc)
Cnr Warton & Ranford Rds,
Southern River, WA, 6110
Tel: 08 9455 1188
Fax: 08 9455 1190
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)