Griffon belge

The Griffon Belge is one of a group of three toy subspecies which are loosely grouped together under the name of ‘Belgian Griffons’; the other two being Petit Brabancon and Griffon Bruxellois. To some kennel clubs and breeders, all three types of canine are considered to be the same breed, with only small variances in coat and colouration to separate them.

The dog is named for its country of origin, Belgium and the breed is descended from small, rough-coated terriers that were commonly to be found in Belgian stables, with the addition of a healthy dose of silky spaniel and snub-nosed pug along the way. The spaniel heritage can be seen today in the Griffon Belge and the Griffon Bruxellois’ beautiful rich red and tan colouration. Queen Marie Henriette of Belgium took a keen liking to the sturdy little dogs and helped to boost their popularity tremendously. The Second World War took its toll on the native population of the Griffon Belges, seeing numbers plummet to almost zero. The breed had spread to the UK, and thus was saved, although a...

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