5-10 lbs
United States
Brussels Griffon
The Papigriffon is a small dog that is energetic and outgoing but needs a strong leader to prevent them taking over control. Affectionate and devoted, they bond closely to their family and like to be included in all the activities. They crave attention and don't like being left alone for long periods of time. The Papigriffon likes children and other small animals but they do need to be supervised as they will not hesitate to defend their territory or rebuke a child if they get hurt. These dogs are ideal for an apartment although they can be barkers. This can be trained out of them through positive training methods. Sensitive at times, the Papigriffon can sulk if ignored, told off or doesn't get its own way. But try as they may, a quick cuddle or loving pat will cure the sulks quickly, as they just want to please. Their appearance can vary from the flat faced Ewok (Star Wars character) Brussels Griffon, to the delicate fine face of the Papillon and everything in between. Their appearance and nature makes for a fine companion and a loving active little dog who will be devoted and loyal.
purpose Purpose
Companion , Agility, Watch Dog
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Brussels Griffon, Papillon

Papigriffon Health

Average Size
Male Papigriffon size stats
Height: 8-11 inches Weight: 6-12 lbs
Female Papigriffon size stats
Height: 6-10 inches Weight: 5-10 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Canine Hip Dysplasia (Chd)
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Minor Concerns
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Eye Problems
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Skin Allergies
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Ultrasound
  • Buccal Mucosal Screening
  • Regular Full Physical Examination By Veterinarian
  • Ophthalmic Examination
  • Blood Tests and Analysis
  • Electroretinogram (ERG)
  • Biochemistry Panel Tests
  • Hip and Elbow X-rays

Papigriffon Breed History

As a breed that is fairly new to the scene, we can best determine the Papigriffons development by looking at the parent dogs history. The Papillon has a noble history dating back to the 16th Century when they were portrayed alongside their mistresses, by many famous painters of the age such as Rubens and Rembrandt. These little Spaniels were cherished companions of the court ladies throughout Europe. Traders carried them in baskets on their mules as they travelled along through France, Italy and Spain. Originally the dogs had the floppy ears of the Spaniels, but in the 17th Century in the court of Louis XIV, they bred a dog that had upright large ears. Because these ears looked like butterfly wings, they were called Papillon. The little dog also went from having a solid color to coat with a white background and patches of color. It is unknown when the Papillon arrived in the United States, but it now ranks 35th among over 155 breeds registered with the American Kennel Club. As in the past, the Papillon is still capturing hearts as their devoted owners will proudly tell you. The Brussels Griffon was a working dog, bred to control the vermin in the stables. Breeds that influenced the development of the Griffon included the Affenpinscher, Pug, and English Toy Spaniel. The face of the Brussels Griffon is unique, it is almost human in appearance, or it can be compared to the Ewok of Star Wars fame. By 1883 these cocky little dogs had become house pets for noblemen and workers. By 1883 Marie Henriette who was Belgium's Queen loved them so much she began breeding them and promoting them in Europe and abroad. It was in 1899 that the first Brussels Griffon announced its arrival in the United States of America and it was in 1900 when the American Kennel Club made it official and recognised the breed. While the numbers of the Griffon shrank during the years of the World Wars, it re-emerged in the late 1950s to upstage actor Jack Nicholson in the movie As Good As It Gets.

Papigriffon Breed Appearance

The Papigriffon has a sturdy small body, short legs and often has a feathered tail that curls up over its back. It packs a lot of muscle into this small body, and can move very fast. The small dainty feet help it to turn quickly, while the solid chest and neck help to keep its balance. The face of your Papigriffon can vary from flat and short to pointed and delicate depending on the genetic influence of the parent dog. Often the ears are upright and pointed, often with longer hairs decorating the edges. The round dark eyes have a mischievous glint, and their glossy black nose is small and delicate. The coat can vary from medium in length with feathering around the chest, ears and legs, to having a wiring dense coat. But whatever the appearance, the Papigriffon is a great little dog that has a gentle heart and a devoted loving nature.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Papigriffon eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Papigriffon nose
Coat Color Possibilities
white Papigriffon coat
fawn Papigriffon coat
brown Papigriffon coat
brindle Papigriffon coat
gray Papigriffon coat
gray Papigriffon coat
sable Papigriffon coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Papigriffon straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Papigriffon Breed Maintenance

How intense the maintenance is depends on the coat it inherits. Whether wiry or silky, it will require brushing at least every second day just to keep the tangles at bay. Some coats may require stripping if they are mostly wiry, this will enable the coat to grow better. A professional groomer may just need to come in and tidy your Papigriffon up. These dogs love attention, so they will happily sit while you brush, comb and occasionally bathe them. Remember to use a mild dog shampoo to help retain the natural skin oils and prevent allergies. Their small teeth will need brushing twice a week minimum, this will keep your dogs breath sweet. Those ears need a quick check to see if their is any build up of dirt causing inflammation. Gently wipe the inner ear out with a damp cloth but never poke anything into the inner ear as you may damage their hearing. Apart from a quick nail clip and a bit of a cuddle you can conclude that maintenance is done.
Brushes for Papigriffon
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Papigriffon requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Papigriffon Temperament

Cute, sweet, affectionate and full of life describes the Papigriffon perfectly. But don't think this dog is angelic; it can be bossy at one end of the scale and sensitive and cautious at the other. A lot depends on your positive training and ensuring your puppy gets a lot of socialising early in life. They can be a bit clingy for some people, as these dogs bond to you and will want to be with you wherever your go. They don't like being alone, and will get into all sorts of mischief if you leave them on their own. The Papigriffon is a family dog who thinks he is human, and therefor expects the privileges as their owners - such as sleeping on or in the bed with you! But it is hard to resist their appealing pleading faces and loving affection when they get their way. Just don't give in to their every whim or you may end up with a very bossy dog! They adjust well to apartment living and will get most of their exercise by following you around the house or helping the children with what they are doing. Proper little busy bodies, they are everywhere. While they are small in size they are not fragile. They are sturdy little dogs who respond well to training, reacting to positive instructions and the hand out of small rewards for good behavior. Full of character and appeal, these feisty little dogs will take every opportunity to curl up on your lap and bask in your adoration.

Papigriffon Activity Requirements

The Papigriffon is an active dog, ranging from those that are mildly active to those that are just full on. They will enjoy an outing with you, happy to trot alongside you as you go around the neighbourhood. It is advisable to keep them on a leash, as strong hunting instincts may see them race away after a bird or small animal, ignoring all your shouted commands to come back! A dog park is ideal where you can take the leash off and let them run with their mates within  a fenced area. These little dynamos will enjoy most games, relishing the challenge to beat your efforts to outdo them. If your Papigriffon has the flat face and short nose of the Brussels Griffon, remember that they can be affected by the hot weather and suffer breathing problems in the heat. Take care to only exercise them in the cool time of the day.
Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
7 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes
activity minutes

Papigriffon Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1.5 cups
cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$1.00 - $2.50
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$26.00 - $32.00
food bag monthly cost

Papigriffon Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Papigriffon size stats at six months
Height: 4.5 inches Weight: 2.5 lbs
Female Papigriffon size stats at six months
Height: 3.5 inches Weight: 2.5 lbs
12 Months
Male Papigriffon size stats at 12 months
Height: 8.5 inches Weight: 7.5 lbs
Female Papigriffon size stats at 12 months
Height: 6.5 inches Weight: 6.5 lbs
18 Months
Male Papigriffon size stats at 18 months
Height: 10.5 inches Weight: 11.0 lbs
Female Papigriffon size stats at 18 months
Height: 9.0 inches Weight: 9.0 lbs

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