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26-32 lbs
United States
Brussels Griffon
Chinese Shar-Pei

The Griffon-Pei is an adorable mixture of the Brussels Griffon and the Chinese Shar Pei. Because the Brussels Griffon is a toy breed and the Chinese Shar-Pei is a large sized breed, the Griffon-Pei is usually a small to medium sized dog. They are good family pets that make excellent watchdogs but may not be the best for homes with children. The Griffon-Pei enjoys other pets though, including cats, and they can get along well with other dogs at the dog park if socialized well. These dogs have a short to medium dense and sometimes wiry coat. The softness of the coat depends on whether the Brussels Griffon parent was a smooth or rough coated type.

Family pet
Date of Origin
Brussels Griffon and Chinese Shar-Pei

Griffon-Pei Health

Average Size
Male Griffon-Pei size stats
Height: 14-16 inches Weight: 30-35 lbs
Female Griffon-Pei size stats
Height: 13-15 inches Weight: 26-32 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Brachycephalic Syndrome
  • Syringomyelia
  • Atopy Dermatitis
Minor Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Demodicosis
  • Cataracts
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Allergies
  • Kidney Disease
  • Tumors
  • Heart Problems
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • CT Scan
  • Eye Examination
  • Respiratory Tests
  • Skin Evaluation
  • Ultrasound
  • Blood Tests

Griffon-Pei Breed History

The Brussels Griffon was bred to hunt and kill mice and rats from stables in the 1800s in Brussels, Belgium. They were especially popular with the drivers of horse-drawn cabs in the city. This breed is thought to be related to the English Toy Spaniel, Affenpinscher, Pug, and maybe even the Yorkshire Terrier. They have the large eyes and round head of the Spaniel and the size of the Affenpinscher while the Pug influence is seen in their facial expressions. The Pug and Yorkie are thought to have been contributions to the smooth coated variety while the Affenpinscher contributed the wiry coat. They eventually became popular house pets and although there are three varieties, only the Brussels Griffon is recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC). However, the other two, the Belgium Griffon and Petit Brabancon, are recognized in Europe. Both the smooth and rough coated Brussels Griffon was officially recognized by the AKC in 1910, where they are the 97th most popular dog breed. Chinese Shar-Pei originated in China from the Chow Chow and was used as working farm dogs. Their images were found on pottery that dates back to 206 BC, making them one of the oldest Chinese breeds. Some of their talents included hunting vermin, herding livestock, and guarding the home. The Chinese thought the breed’s dark mouth and wrinkled skin could ward off evil spirits. When the population of these dogs started decreasing, a Hong Kong businessman named Matgo Law attracted attention for these handsome animals by putting his in American magazines. They were officially recognized by the AKC in 1992 and are now the 61st most popular breed of dog in America.

Griffon-Pei Breed Appearance

Your Griffon-Pei has large and inquisitive brown eyes, a black nose, and may have a blue tongue and loose skin like the Chinese Shar-Pei. Their coats can come in several different colors such as black, brown, red, cream, fawn, and brindle. The Griffon-Pei has a small round head with a short muzzle, which can cause your dog to have brachycephalic syndrome, which is a respiratory issue that can cause serious breathing difficulty in some dogs. Therefore, it is important that you take your dog to see a veterinary care provider as soon as you get her to be checked out. They have strong, muscled legs and a rectangular body with a short tail that curls up over their back.

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

Griffon-Pei Breed Maintenance

If your Griffon-Pei has a smooth coat, she will need to be brushed daily with a pin brush. You should also brush her beard and mustache with a metal comb when needed. If she tends to get matted, you may also need to use a dematter once in awhile. If your dog has a wiry coat, she will need to be stripped with a special tool once every few months or you can do it by hand by just pulling out the dead hairs. You have to pull them out by the root so you cannot do this with clippers. You should also clean her ears once a week and trim her nails when needed.

Brushes for Griffon-Pei
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Griffon-Pei requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Griffon-Pei Temperament

This breed is lovable and friendly but does not do well in a home with small children. In fact, they will need to be supervised with children of any age because they tend to become snappy if teased or aggravated. The Griffon-Pei does like other pets and gets along well with other dogs at the dog park so long as they are socialized early. While they are very intelligent dogs, they are also stubborn and may take some extra time and patience when training. This breed is fearless and makes a great watchdog and will take on dogs 10 times their size.

Griffon-Pei Activity Requirements

This breed has moderate energy levels and can even be lazy sometimes so you may have to do something special to encourage her to exercise. A long walk in the morning and evening accompanied by a game of fetch or a trip to the dog park can be the perfect daily activity regimen. She may also enjoy playing frisbee, swimming, or taking a hike in your local park. She will need to be on a leash though because she may decide to chase the squirrels or rabbits. Another activity she may enjoy is agility training, which this breed is very good at.

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

Griffon-Pei Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2 cups
Daily Cost
$1.2 - $1.4
Monthly Cost
$30 - $40

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