English Toy Griffon

8-14 lbs
North America
Brussels Griffon
English Toy Spaniel

Energetic, Intelligent and affectionate all describe the lovely toy breed hybrid known as the English Toy Griffon. This hybrid is a mix of the Brussels Griffon and the English Toy Spaniel, both of which are loyal little dogs. This hybrid can be considered low maintenance in terms of grooming, however they are playful little guys and will be best suited to an active home with other pets. Unfortunately, they aren’t recommended to households with children due to their snappish behavior.

purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Brussels Griffon and English Toy Spaniel

English Toy Griffon Health

Average Size
Male English Toy Griffon size stats
Height: 9-10 inches Weight: 8-14 lbs
Female English Toy Griffon size stats
Height: 9-10 inches Weight: 8-14 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosus
Minor Concerns
  • Seborrhea
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Allergies
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • ECG
  • Cardiac Ultrasound
  • Blood Chemistry

English Toy Griffon Breed History

The Brussels Griffon is a small breed dog that can be traced back to Brussels, Belgium. Breeding began with the Griffin d'Ecurie (ecurie being French for stable), a feisty tough breed that worked the stalls and stables searching for vermin. These breeds likely share ancestors with the Affenpinscher, Yorkshire Terrier, and English Toy Spaniel.  In 1910, this breed was officially recognized with the American Kennel Club as a toy breed, with varieties being divided into the rough and smooth coated. Still as spirited today as he was in his hunting days, he is a relatively rare breed. The other half of the English Toy Griffon is the English Toy Spaniel. A cousin of sorts to the Brussels Griffon, he was thought to have originated in Asia before being brought to England. A companion to royalty in Japan, Europe,  and later in England, he was the treasured attendant of emperors, duchesses, kings and queens. Not as good at hunting as larger breeds, the English Toy Spaniel made his mark as a much loved lap dog and joined the American Kennel Club in 1886.

English Toy Griffon Breed Appearance

Because he is a hybrid, the English Toy Griffon can take on a strong resemblance to either one of its¬†parent breeds. In general, they tend to have more of a flattened face and rounded¬†skull like the Brussels Griffon parent. They may have an over-shot bite (common to the Brussels Griffon breed) or an undershot¬†bite (as seen in the English Toy Spaniel). The eyes tend to be round and alert; ears can be semi-flopped or fully flopped downwards with some feathering. Considering both parents are toy breeds, this hybrid can be¬†heavy boned, broad and almost square shaped. If your hybrid takes on more Brussels Griffon¬†traits then they will likely have rougher and more wiry-like coats with very little feathering and they may also have the iconic ‚Äúmonkey face‚ÄĚ appearance. However, if your hybrid takes on¬†more of the English Toy Spaniel characteristics, then they may have a soft, shiny coat with heavier feathering.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown English Toy Griffon eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black English Toy Griffon nose
Coat Color Possibilities
brown English Toy Griffon coat
black English Toy Griffon coat
red English Toy Griffon coat
cream English Toy Griffon coat
fawn English Toy Griffon coat
pied English Toy Griffon coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
English Toy Griffon wiry coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

English Toy Griffon Breed Maintenance

Only the Brussels Griffon is considered a hypoallergenic dog, and so if your hybrid takes on a similar coat to the Brussels Griffon then you may have a hypoallergenic dog. This is not for certain however, so care should be taken upon selecting your puppy if there are allergies in the family. The hybrid may be of minimal care in the maintenance department. Weekly brushing with a pin brush and a run though the tangles with a comb may be all that is needed to pick up dirt and loose hair. They will require regular ear cleaning should their ears resemble the English Toy Spaniel’s, as the fur and feathering on the ears could reduce air flow into the ear. Like all dogs, they will require teeth cleaning and nail trimming on a regular basis.

Brushes for English Toy Griffon
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
English Toy Griffon requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

English Toy Griffon Temperament

The English Toy Griffon is a sweet, loyal and rambunctious breed that‚Äôs always ready for a¬†good play. These dogs make great family pets but do require an active family.¬†The parent breed,¬† the Brussels Griffon, is often not considered a ‚Äúkid-friendly‚ÄĚ breed as they may get¬†quite irritated if pestered too much. Similarly, the English Toy Spaniel also has the tendency to¬†get quite annoyed with children and because of this possibility, it is likely that your hybrid may not be well suited to a home with children. Nevertheless, these breeds can be easy to train and if well socialised¬†with children may learn to tolerate them. As well, children need to learn to when a dog may be getting¬†irritated. This hybrid can often do well with other pets in a household when introduced properly. When¬†encountering strangers your English Toy Griffon might be shy and reserved or curious enough to push past the hesitation.

English Toy Griffon Activity Requirements

The English Toy Griffon is a highly energetic breed as both parent breeds are very lively, sometimes tireless, and always playful. Your hybrid will require regular short walks, maybe runs, time at the dog park and lots of playtime with toys. They do tend to do quite well in apartments due to their size and they can be quite laid back, relaxed,  and even lazy when they want to be. They are best suited to active homes, though and will do best with a busy day so that they can cuddle and watch a movie in the evening. Earth dog trials and obedience classes may be just what your English Toy Griffin needs to be content.

Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
9 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes
activity minutes

English Toy Griffon Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$0.75 - $1.00
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$20.00 - $30.00
food bag monthly cost

English Toy Griffon Owner Experiences

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