Griffichon

10-14 lbs
9-11"
United States
Bichon Frise
Brussels Griffon
Bichon Griffon

The Griffichon is a small sized designer breed that is a mix of the Bichon Frise and the Brussels Griffon. Their coat is usually soft and curly like the Bichon Frise but can be shaggy and rough if there is more Brussels Griffon in her blood. They are usually about 13 pounds and stand about 11 inches high on average. While they are energetic dogs at times, they are just as happy to lay around the house with you and watch television. They may be timid around larger dogs but will be just fine if socialized early. The Griffichon is intelligent and easy to train although they can be stubborn at times.

Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
2000s
Ancestry
Bichon Frise and Brussels Griffon

Griffichon Health

Average Size
Male Griffichon size stats
Height: 10-12 inches Weight: 13-16 lbs
Female Griffichon size stats
Height: 9-11 inches Weight: 10-14 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Brachycephalic Syndrome
  • Syringomyelia
Minor Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Cataracts
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Allergies
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Heart Problems
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • CT Scan
  • Eye Examination
  • Respiratory Tests
  • Skin Evaluation
  • Ultrasound
  • Blood Tests

Griffichon Breed History

The Bichon Frise has been around since the ancient times in France and its name means curly coat in French due to its coat. They are related to the Barbet and French Water Dogs. There are four groups of Bichons, which include the Bichon Tenerife, Bichon Havanese, Bichon Bolognese, and the Bichon Maltais. The Coton de Tulear is also thought to have some ties to these Bichons. They all came from the Mediterranean and first came to Europe in the 14th century when they were royal companions to King Henry III. Starting in the 1800s, they were found to have a high intelligence and were charming performers so they were used in the circus as show dogs and companions for street performers. After World War one, French breeders began to preserve the breed and it was acknowledged by the International Kennel Club (IKC) of France in 1933. Because of this, the Bichon Frise became popular in the United States and was accepted into the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1972. Today, the Bichon Frise is the 45th most popular dog in the United States. The Brussels Griffon started out as a rat and mouse hunter in the 19th century in Belgium. They were used to keep vermin out of the stables and eventually ended up riding with the horse drawn cabs to protect them from would  be robbers. The Brussels Griffon is a mix of the Griffon d’Ecurie, Affenpinscher, Yorkshire Terrier, and English Toy Spaniel. Although they are no longer used as ratters, they are still liable to chase small critters around the yard when they get a chance. There are three varieties of the breed, which include the Petit Brabancon, Belgium Griffon, and Brussels Griffon and they come in rough and smooth types. They are the 97th most popular dog breed in the United States and were accepted by the AKC in 1910.

Griffichon Breed Appearance

The Griffichon gets most of her looks from the Bichon Frise, from the soft, curly coat to the furry face, although they have an underbite like the Brussels Griffon. They have a small head with floppy and furry ears, a puffy tail, small brown eyes, and a black nose. They are always alert, happy, and have a vivacious personality. Their dense coat is medium length and is usually soft and curly but may be shaggy and coarse if there is an abundance of Brussels Griffon in them. Their coat may be almost any color including black, gray, brown, red, cream, fawn, blue, white, or mixed.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Griffichon eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Griffichon nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
white Griffichon coat
White
blue Griffichon coat
Blue
fawn Griffichon coat
Fawn
cream Griffichon coat
Cream
red Griffichon coat
Red
brown Griffichon coat
Brown
gray Griffichon coat
Gray
black Griffichon coat
Black
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Griffichon curly coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Griffichon Breed Maintenance

The fur of this hybrid is high maintenance and will get tangled easily so it must be brushed with a pin brush and metal comb daily. Once a week, you need to do a thorough grooming and use a dematter and some detangling spray. It is also common for Griffichon owners to have their dog professionally groomed every few months to make them easier to maintain. Once a week, you should clean their ears with cotton balls and a bit of water. Watch for redness or irritation, mites, and wax buildup. In addition, you should clip their toenails with nail clippers when needed and brush their teeth with veterinary approved toothpaste once a week.

Brushes for Griffichon
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Dematter
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Griffichon requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Griffichon Temperament

This is a happy and energetic breed that loves to play with children and other pets. They can be great watchdogs but tend to be a bit too friendly to strangers even though they are loyal to their family. They will protect their own if they feel they are threatened. While they are easy to train in most cases, some can be difficult to housetrain and you must use positive reinforcement rather than physical punishment. With plenty of time and patience, you should be able to train them yourself without professional help. The Griffichon loves to be cuddled and will sleep curled up with you if allowed. They do not like to be left alone.

Griffichon Activity Requirements

The Griffichon is just as happy to hang out around the house rather than run around out in the yard but you have to make sure she gets at least 45 minutes to an hour of vigorous exercise every day. If your dog does not get enough activity, they can develop bad habits such as chewing on things, excessive barking, scratching at doors, and digging up the yard. Taking her for a walk twice a day and playing a long game of fetch is sufficient for most dogs. However, they do enjoy other sports like frisbee, jogging, swimming, and hiking.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
9 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Griffichon Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.80 - $1.00
Monthly Cost
$20.00 - $30.00

Griffichon Owner Experiences

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