Overview of Brussels Griffon
How could you not fall in love with the Brussels Griffon's adorable smushed face and big personality? Some say that their faces are so expressive that they are considered to have a human face! So it is no surprise that these spunky dogs have starred in such notable films as Gosford Park, and As Good As It Gets. With their sturdy build and teddy bear looks, the Brussels Griffon is also said to have been the main inspiration for 'Ewoks' in Star Wars Episode V. These dogs can have either a rough coat or a smooth coat and come in either red, beige, black and tan or solid black. Originally bred to chase out rats from kitchens, granaries, and stables in Belgium, these days, the Brussels Griffon is turning heads with their expressive face and big heart instead!
Personality of Brussels Griffon
The Brussels Griffon is spunkier than most other toy breeds. Courageous, bold, and often high-strung, this little dog (8-12 lbs) can sometimes take themselves too seriously (which is very entertaining to watch)! Their small stature makes them well suited for almost any home. They make an excellent family pet, but early socialization is critical with this breed. A Brussels Griffon who feels ignored may resort to misbehavior to get your attention. So if you want a little dog that looks like an Ewok come to life and will constantly be a source of entertainment, look no further than a Brussels Griffon!
Common Health Issues & Recommendations for Brussels Griffon Dog
Respiratory Issues in dogs: are fairly common in Brussels Griffon because of their adorable smush faces. They may be susceptible to upper respiratory tract infections because their short noses and narrow nostrils make breathing more difficult.
Recommendations for Respiratory Issues in Brussels Griffon Dogs
- Resp-Aid - Contains a blend of natural herbal ingredients to help support healthy breathing, relieve inflammation and fight respiratory tract infections.
- Stimmune - Beneficial support that can help re-balance the immune system, relieve eye discharge and overgrooming.
Progressive Retinal Atrophy: Brussels Griffons may be prone to developing progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) - an inherited eye disease that leads to blindness.
Recommendations for PRA in Brussels Griffon Dogs:
- OcuLove - A blend of plant extracts that are rich in antioxidant properties to help slow down degenerative eye issues and promote overall eye health.
Hypothyroidism in dogs: occurs when a dog’s thyroid gland does not produce adequate hormone levels to maintain healthy metabolic function. Symptoms may include low energy levels, sudden weight gain, and skin/coat issues.
Recommendations for Hypothyroidism in Brussels Griffon Dogs:
- Hypothyroidism Kit - Is a bundle of natural remedies to support healthy thyroid function and metabolism, can help to increase energy levels, and promote healthy skin and coat.