Griffon dogs were originally bred to kill and hunt rats. Even if they are small, they are hardly a pampered puppy. Lively and affectionate, their sense of humor, intelligence, as well as air of self-importance keeps them a step ahead to other dog breeds.griffon-bruxellois-013

Griffons have a bossy streak as well as run the household when he is allowed to, yet beneath that tough dog exterior they are softie who likes being with their people and are in need of their attention and time. They are also often called as Velcro dogs because they want to stick close to their owner’s side.

Griffons who feel ignored will resort to misbehave just to get your attention. They dislike being left home alone as well as will find a way to let you know of their displeasure. Temperament does not happen in a vacuum. It is affected by the number of the factors such as socialization, training, and heredity.

Puppies with good temperaments are playful and curious, willing to approach people and held by them. Pick the puppies, not the one who is beating up his littermates or one that is hiding in the corner. Always meet one of the parents, typically the mother if available to make sure that they have nice temperaments that you are comfortable with. Meeting other relatives and siblings of the parents is helpful for evaluating what puppies will be like once he grows up.p_basset_griffon_vendeen_078

Like each dog, Griffons require early socialization when they are young. This helps them to ensure that your puppy grows up to be well-rounded dogs. Enrolling them in a puppy kindergarten class is also a good start.

Griffons love their owners, yet they can also be independent thinkers. Train them with consistency and kindness, with the use of positive reinforcements that include food rewards as well as some praises. Griffons who are treated in a harsh manner will be more stubborn and won’t be willing to do the things you want them to perform. Therefore, make sure that your training sessions is short, but interesting.


Generally, Griffon dogs are healthy, yet like most dog breeds, they are prone to particular health conditions. Not every Griffon will get all of these diseases, yet it is essential to be aware of them if you are considering this breed.


Without any doubt, Griffons are good housedogs. However, so long as they are inside with the family, the small size of this dog breed makes them suitable to any type of household.

Griffons have lots of energy and require regular exercise to keep their good shape, yet they will okay without a yard as long as they get some exercise daily. Because these are short-nosed dogs, they cannot cool the air they breathe in and may overheat on humid, hot days. Heat stroke is a bit dangerous, so keep Griffon someplace cool on hot days. If you take him out in the sun, watch for the signs of the heat exhaustion, rapid, deep panting and sluggishness.