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.
Each AKC approved purebred breed has its own national club. The mission of these “parent breed clubs” is to improve and preserve a particular breed by advancing knowledge about its history, its health and care requirements and by assuring that the breed’s form and function remain true to its historical physical type and character: A Dalmatian, for instance, should be athletic and have a natural affinity for working with horses. A Fox Terrier should have the right body size and shape, and a drive to go after vermin.
Pet owners, breeders, trainers, veterinarians, and others with a special love for a breed, join the parent breed club to meet like-minded enthusiasts and to support the club’s mission.
The national parent breed club is the first place for the public to go to learn about a breed or find a knowledgeable, experienced breeder.