The rough coated Brussels Griffon is one of the varieties of the dog in which as the name denotes the hair gives the impression of a rough coat. The dog has a round head which is domed at the forehead. The dog has an overbite and has a very large tongue which in most cases hangs off from the mouth.
The dog has a short muzzle that is able to fit in the morphology of the round head. The dog is small and has ears that are semi erect. As the back and front legs of the dog are equal, the dog has a flat back. The tail is set high on the back, though some owners prefer to dock a section of the tail. The eyes are black as are the eyelashes.
A first look at the dog gives the impression of a very shaggy dog, mainly due to its rough coat. The coat looks wiry and dense. This makes the fur need a lot of grooming to ensure that the dog looks presentable. The color coat of the dog includes tan and black, red and brown, and solid black.
All the varieties of the rough Brussels Griffon also have black markings above the eyes, legs eats and whiskers. The most common height range in the rough coated Brussels Griffon is7 -8 inches while the weight ranges between 6 – 12 pounds.
The rough coated Brussels Griffon is an excellent dog to have with you. It is a great companion as it is ever lively, and full of energy and life. This is a great choice of dog for apartment living as it is not demanding on its exercise requirements.
The dog is also charming, affectionate and a good friend to have, getting along well with kids and grownups alike. It is also a very intelligent dog. As such, training is made easy. It’s important to feed the dog separately and with a balanced diet, rather than table scraps. This makes the dog a very picky eater and greedy too.
The rough coated Brussels Griffon faces several health problems among them being eye, respiratory and stifle problems. Heat also causes a challenge especially to the rough coated Griffon.
The rough coated Brussels Griffon has been shown to have a challenge giving birth. This challenge brings high mortality cases of puppies at birth, with a caesarean section being required in most cases. Other than that, there are no other cases of high mortality and the dog will live for approximately 12 – 15 years.
The rough coated Brussels Griffon is a dog that is quite difficult to groom and needs regular care sessions to ensure that it looks good. Brushing at least twice a week is recommended. Clipping the hair is also recommended on a monthly basis.
The history of the Brussels Griffon dates back to 1880 when it was shown in Brussels, thus its name. The close relatives of the dog include the Belgian Griffon, Belgian Street dog and the English Toy Spaniel.