The Brussels Griffon originated in the 1800s in Brussels, Belgium, which is how it got its name. They were bred to eliminate the vermin from stables and homes. Their relatives are believed to be the Griffon d’Ecurie, Affenpinscher, Pug, English Toy Spaniel, and possibly the Yorkshire Terrier. Even though they are no longer used for ratting, they still have the fearless courage that makes them great hunting dogs and excellent guard dogs. The Brussels Griffon is a lovable and loyal breed that likes to be within a few feet of their humans at all times. They may have rough or smooth coats in beige, tan, black, red and have three different varieties, which include the Brussels Griffon, Petit Brabancon, and the Belgium Griffon. However, the American Kennel Club (AKC) only recognizes the Brussels Griffon. In fact, the AKC officially recognized both the smooth and rough varieties in 1910 and they are now the 97th most popular breed of dog in the United States. The Yorkshire Terrier started out in England in the 1800s as a vermin hunter. They are believed to be the descendants of the Waterside, Manchester, Paisley, Skye, and Dandie Dinmont Terriers. The Yorkie was used to hunt rats and other vermin in factories and mills until their beauty made them popular in shows in the late 1800s. In fact, it was fashionable during that time for Victorian women to carry these beautiful little dogs in their purse or under their arms. They were officially accepted by the AKC in 1885 and are now the 9th most popular breed of dog in the United States.