8-12 lbs
United States
Brussels Griffon
Griffenise, Grifonese

The Griffonese is a toy designer breed dog that is a blend of the Brussels Griffon and the Pekingese. They are a friendly and affectionate breed but do better with adults than children and should be supervised with young children. The breed is suspicious of strangers so they make great watchdogs. However, they should be socialized early so they are not obnoxious or dangerous to visitors and other pets. They are intelligent and quick to learn but may be stubborn when it comes to housebreaking so be sure to have patience and use positive reinforcement rather than physical punishment. You may need to get professional help or use puppy pads for this issue.

purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Brussels Griffon and Pekingese

Griffonese Health

Average Size
Male Griffonese size stats
Height: 8-12 inches Weight: 9-14 lbs
Female Griffonese size stats
Height: 7-10 inches Weight: 8-12 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Brachycephalic Syndrome
Minor Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Cataracts
  • Lip Fold Pyoderma
  • Exposure Keratopathy Syndrome
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Allergies
  • Kidney Disease
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Hydrocephalus
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Eye Examination
  • Respiratory Tests
  • Skin Evaluation
  • Blood Tests

Griffonese Breed History

The Brussels Griffon started out in the 19th century in Brussels, Belgium, which is how the breed got its name. They were originally bred to hunt rats and mice in the stables but they were made even more popular when the breed was favored by peasants, farmers, and cab drivers as a theft deterrent. Originally, they started out as a Griffon d’Ecurie, which was a stable dog with a wiry coat. These were eventually mixed with the Pug, Affenpinscher, English Toy Spaniel, and maybe the Yorkshire Terrier as well. Even though they do not practice ratting anymore, they are still fearless and courageous so they make excellent watchdogs. There are two types of the Brussels Griffon, which include the rough and smooth coated types. Also, there are two other varieties of this breed, which are the Petit Brabancon and the Belgium Griffon, but they are not recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC). The Brussels Griffon was officially acknowledged by the AKC in 1910 and they are the 97th most popular dog breed in America. The Pekingese originated in China in the 8th century in the T’ang Dynasty as a lap dog. Their name comes from where the city of Peking, which is now Beijing. Their ancestry is unknown but the Chinese legend states that they came from a lion and marmoset that fell in love. They are thought to have mystical powers and were used to protect temples and palaces. The breed was only owned by royalty and they even had their own servants. During the invasion of the Imperial Summer Palace, five Pekingese were found and one was given to Queen Victoria, who carried him up her sleeve. They were acknowledged by the AKC in 1906 and are the 93rd most popular breed in America.

Griffonese Breed Appearance

The Griffonese have large, round, brown eyes and a black nose, small, triangular ears, and a perky attitude. Their medium length coat is dense and rough and can come in many different colors such as black; brown; black and cream; cream; fawn, white, pied, brindle. They are toy breed dogs with short snouts that can cause them to have issues with brachycephalic syndrome, so be sure to get your dog checked for that. Their feet are small and round with arched toes and well-muscled legs. The Griffonese looks like a stuffed animal with a compact but solid body and a furry tail that curves over her back.

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

Griffonese Breed Maintenance

Your Griffonese is a high maintenance dog breed that needs to be brushed at least every other day if not every day. If your dog ends up with the coarse and wiry coat from the wiry Brussels Griffon, you will also need to strip their coat with a special tool called a stripping blade every three to six months. You should only shampoo them when needed and use a gentle shampoo for sensitive skin approved by your veterinarian. They are susceptible to skin conditions that can be made worse by frequent or improper bathing. In addition, you should clean their ears once a week and trim their toenails when needed.

Brushes for Griffonese
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Griffonese requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Griffonese Temperament

The Griffonese can be a good family dog in a home with older children but must be carefully watched around smaller children. They like other pets but must be socialized early to get along with others. They may be difficult to train but with perseverance and patience you can get her to listen. They like to be the center of attention and crave human companionship so they may get anxious when left alone too long. They are very active and get bored easy so they must be kept busy with special toys and other pets for companionship if you are not home often.

Griffonese Activity Requirements

The Griffonese is a moderately active dog breed that is just as happy sitting with you watching television as she is running around the yard chasing squirrels. However, they do need at least 45 to 60 minutes of vigorous exercise per day. This can include playing fetch, going for a couple of long walks in the morning and evening, a trip to the dog park, and she may even enjoy agility training. Other activities include jogging, hiking, swimming, and playing Frisbee. If your Griffonese does not get enough exercise every day, she may have a tendency to become bored and develop behavioral issues.

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

Griffonese Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2 cups
cup per day cost cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$1.20 - $1.40
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$30.00 - $40.00
food bag monthly cost

Griffonese Owner Experiences

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