The spirited little Brussels Griffons, sporting their distinctive beards and expressive, almost human eyes, make an engaging and entertaining addition to any household. They make good sentinels, ever-watchful and ready to announce the arrival of guests or intruders, and are quick learners who can be taught a number of tricks as well as basic obedience. The breed’s home country is Belgium and their main ancestors are the Affenpinscher and the Belgian street dog, which was similar to the Fox Terrier but heavier. Brussels Griffons were commonly kept in stables as rat catchers and eventually made their way into the households of many Belgians as beloved companions. While their size and agreeable natures make them amenable to apartment life, they are an active bred that needs daily exercise. Both smooth and rough coated varieties should be brushed twice a week and shaped every few months.