Rattle Griffon

4-14 lbs
Brussels Griffon
Rat Terrier
Griffon Rat Terrier

The Rattle Griffon is a hybrid of the feisty Brussels Griffon and the alert Rat Terrier.  A small dog, the Rattle Griffon will usually weigh in at under 14 pounds. Dogs of the hybrid are typically loving and outgoing, with a good amount of energy. The Rattle Griffon is usually easy to train and he will do well with children. As a result of his high energy, the Rattle Griffon will need a lot of exercise and will enjoy taking long walks or going running with his humans. An excellent watchdog, the Rattle Griffon will bark at the sign of an intruder.

purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Brussels Griffon and Rat Terrier

Rattle Griffon Health

Average Size
Male Rattle Griffon size stats
Height: 8-12 inches Weight: 4-14 lbs
Female Rattle Griffon size stats
Height: 8-10 inches Weight: 4-14 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Bone And Joint Problems
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Heart Conditions
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
Minor Concerns
  • Allergies
  • Epilepsy
  • Kidney Problems
  • Color Dilution Alopecia
  • Teeth Issues
  • Breathing Difficulties
  • Demodactic Mange
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None Known
Occasional Tests
  • Hip
  • Elbow
  • Blood
  • Heart
  • Dental Examination
  • Skin Evaluation
  • Blood and Urine Protein Screens

Rattle Griffon Breed History

The Rattle is a relatively new hybrid, though the two breeds that make the hybrid have long histories. The Brussels Griffon began in Brussels, a city in Belgium, more than 200 years ago. The Griffon d’Ecurie, with wiry hair, worked as a stable dog and soon became popular with cab drivers, farmers and peasants for stopping potential thieves and keeping vermin away. In the 1800’s the dogs were bred with the Pug, then the Affenpinscher, the English Toy Spaniel and perhaps the Yorkshire Terrier, leading to his compact, yet sturdy build. Over the years, the breed’s skills as a ratter have been bred out, though he exhibits courage, bravery and loyalty, making him an excellent companion. The breed has three varieties: Brussels Griffon, Belgium Griffon and Petit Brabancon, though only the Brussels Griffon is recognized by the American Kennel Club in smooth and rough coat forms. In the 1800’s the Rat Terrier was bred in the United States through a cross of the Fox and European Terriers that were popular at the time. Whippets, Beagles and Greyhounds were also crossed with these dogs, resulting in a small dog with great spark and an even temperament. The breed became popular on farms as he was able to hunt both above and below the ground; by the 1900’s the Rat Terrier was one of the most seen working dogs on a farm. As a result of the breed's skill, temperament and intelligence, interest in the breed increased. As farm work became less common, however, demand for the dogs decreased. Ultimately, the breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2013.

Rattle Griffon Breed Appearance

The Rattle Griffon will inherit traits from both of his parent breeds; as with all mixed breeds, you can anticipate that he may inherit more physical characteristics from the Rat Terrier or the Brussels Griffon, or he may inherit an even mix from both breeds. The hybrid will be a small dog that weighs on average between 4 and 12 pounds and grows to a full height that is usually below 13 inches. Both the Rat Terrier and Brussels Griffon have sturdy, compact bodies with a strong, arched neck and strong legs built for digging and this can be anticipated in the resulting hybrid as well. His fur will typically be fine and his coat can be either rough or smooth. Round eyes can be dark or blue, yet bright and his ears will be upright.

Eye Color Possibilities
blue Rattle Griffon eyes
hazel Rattle Griffon eyes
brown Rattle Griffon eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Rattle Griffon nose
Coat Color Possibilities
white Rattle Griffon coat
sable Rattle Griffon coat
brown Rattle Griffon coat
red Rattle Griffon coat
brindle Rattle Griffon coat
fawn Rattle Griffon coat
black Rattle Griffon coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Rattle Griffon straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Rattle Griffon Breed Maintenance

The maintenance of your Rattle Griffon will depend on the coat that he inherits. Should your Rattle inherit a coat like that of the Rat Terrier, it will be easy to brush, and you can anticipate moderate, ongoing shedding. Daily brushing will help you to keep your furniture and home neat. Your Rattle Griffon may inherit a rough or smooth coat from his Brussels Griffon parent. The rough coat can be maintained by brushing your dog three times per week and stripping the coat every three months. The smooth coat will require weekly brushing. Regardless of his coat, your dog should only be bathed as needed. As with all dogs, you will want to brush the teeth of your Rattle Griffon several times per week; many small breeds are more likely to develop gum disease and tooth brushing is an important step to maintain your dog’s long term dental health.

Brushes for Rattle Griffon
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Rattle Griffon requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Rattle Griffon Temperament

The Rattle Griffon will inherit his behavioral traits from his parent breeds, the Rat Terrier and the Brussels Griffon. Each offspring will inherit different traits from his parent breeds. The hybrid typically will have a lot of energy and be very outgoing and loving. Usually easy to train, the Brussels Griffon will do well with children and will bark at anyone who unfamiliar, alerting his owner to a stranger being present. A dog of the hybrid will be loyal to his humans and like his parent breed the Brussels Griffon, he may seek the opportunity to be the center of attention. As with the Rat Terrier, the Rattle Griffon will prefer to be kept busy and will be eager to please his humans. While the hybrid will inherit a high energy level from his parent breeds, he will also enjoy lounging with his humans and relaxing.

Rattle Griffon Activity Requirements

You can expect your Rattle Griffon to have a lot of energy and require a good amount of exercise. This can include long walks or runs with his human, as well as outdoor play and trips to the dog park. The Rattle Griffon’s parent breed of the Rat Terrier will excel at obedience and agility activities, which will help in keeping him busy and mentally stimulated; depending on the traits that your Rattle Griffon inherits, these activities may be enjoyable for him as well. As a result of the breed’s small size, he does not require a large fenced-in outdoor area and can get a good amount of his activity while spending time indoors with his humans.

Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
6 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
45 minutes
activity minutes

Rattle Griffon Food Consumption

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

Rattle Griffon Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Rattle Griffon size stats at six months
Height: 5.0 inches Weight: 4.5 lbs
Female Rattle Griffon size stats at six months
Height: 4.5 inches Weight: 4.5 lbs
12 Months
Male Rattle Griffon size stats at 12 months
Height: 9.0 inches Weight: 8.0 lbs
Female Rattle Griffon size stats at 12 months
Height: 8.0 inches Weight: 8.0 lbs
18 Months
Male Rattle Griffon size stats at 18 months
Height: 10.0 inches Weight: 9.0 lbs
Female Rattle Griffon size stats at 18 months
Height: 9.0 inches Weight: 9.0 lbs

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