Griffons: reviews. Griffon breeders and owners
Interesting facts about griffins
All three varieties of the breed (Brussels Griffon, Belgian Griffon and Bird Brabancon - Shorthair Griffon) can interbreed. In one litter puppies of all three breeds can be born. Exhibited in different rings.
In the UK, USA, Australia, all three varieties are considered one breed (Brussels Griffon) and are exhibited in the same ring.
Griffons are not a very widespread breed in Belarus, few people know about them.
Griffons, despite their decorative appearance, were originally Pied Piper dogs - the ancestors of the breed were mobile and dexterous small dogs that lived at the stables, and whose task was to catch rats. To date, the breed has not lost its excitement and working qualities.
Breeder's Observations: Griffon is hard to call Monogamous. He loves all people together, very easily comes into contact with strangers, moves to a new house, without any problems remains on overexposure. Thanks to this, the griffins perfectly adapt to the new environment.
Left alone, griffins tend to sleep soundly, in this respect they resemble cats. But if you get bored, like any dogs, in puppyhood can do wrecking. Therefore, it is worth providing the pet with a variety of toys.
Griffins are very smart. They quickly learn the rules of living in the house, the habits of the owners and adapt perfectly to them, demonstrating their best qualities. Thanks to this, they are able to quickly win the hearts of every member of the family.The breed is very sociable and needs constant contact with the owners.
Griffins are thinking dogs, humanly intelligent. They evaluate the situation and plan their actions several steps forward. Males are more straightforward, “girls” are more cunning. These babies will not miss their benefit.
Griffons get along well with other animals, including cats, parrots. However, some individuals may prey on birds or small animals. The hunting instinct in them is still well developed. But if the puppy grows in a house with other animals, there are no problems.
Griffon is peaceful, but if he has already fought with another dog, he will not give in.
Griffons get along great with children, play fun with them.
Observations of the breeder: Representatives of the breed is almost impossible to lose his temper. They do not differ touchiness, vindictiveness.
Aggression or cowardice is not characteristic of griffons. Manifestations of these qualities are marriage.
Griffons are clean dogs, however, the degree of manifestation of this quality depends on individual characteristics. There are dogs who would never agree to soak their paws in a puddle, while others are ready to cheerfully run through the mud.
Some griffons snore in their sleep, and sometimes the volume of the displayed roulades can compete with port loaders.
In youth, griffins are very active, ready to rush from morning to evening. With age they become calmer and more reasonable.
Griffons perfectly tolerate the road, usually sleep on the way. The main thing is to protect them from overheating at extremely high temperatures or from hypothermia at low.
Griffons are emotional and do not hide their feelings.They have a very expressive facial expression, literally all the nuances of mood are reflected in the face.
However, do not forget that each dog has its own character. Moreover, the griffon, which is the only pet in the family, behaves quite differently from the griffons living in a "flock."
Parenting and training
Griffons are great at training. In Belarus, there is Brabancon, which not only completed the general training course, but also proved to be excellent in agility. Griffons are able to master many funny tricks.
As a rule, griffins are “food workers”, therefore they are ready to sell their souls for a treat. What can we say about such a small thing as fulfilling the request of a beloved host?
Griffins are pretty hardy dogs. They are ready to run a lot, unpretentious enough, willingly swim. But in winter, if the walk is long, it is advisable to wear a pet (at a temperature below -5 degrees).
Griffons are bathed as necessary (mainly in case of pollution).
Breeder's observations: Griffons (Belgian and Brussels) are sometimes bought in families where there is someone who is allergic. Most often, there is no allergic reaction to this breed. However, before purchasing a dog, it is still worthwhile to do special tests to make sure that in your particular case it is safe.
Griffon wool absorbs ambient odors. For example, if you hold it in your hands, the dog will smell like your toilet water or perfume.
Breeder's recommendation: The shorthair is enough to comb. Wirehaired Griffons are trimmed.It is not recommended to cut them, as this adversely affects the structure of the coat. However, if you are dealing with an elderly and non-exhibition dog, you can cut it with a clipper.
In long-haired griffons, the area under the tail, near the eyes and paws, is worth trimming.
Daily care for the griffon is not difficult: after eating, wash the beard, wipe it and comb it. After a walk (in bad weather), wash your feet and contaminated parts of the body, this can be done simply with water or using shampoo.
The great thing about griffon is its eyes. But the eyes should always be clean and healthy. You should monitor their condition: if discharge appears, the eyes should be washed with warm water or special preparations.
Griffins are not prone to allergies. They eat almost everything. And, as a rule, they don’t complain about lack of appetite.
Griffons are prone to obesity, so it is important not to overfeed them. But at the same time, the dog should not look thin.
Like every breed, there are genetic diseases.
Dogs are tested for dislocation of the patella. Eye tests are also done. It is preferable to take the puppy from having tested parents.
Eyes can be injured, it must be taken into account and not expose the pet to similar danger, but this happens infrequently.
There are cases of manifestations of reverse cough.
But overall, griffins are healthy, hardy dogs.
What kind of host does griffon need?
The breed can be recommended to people who want to have a lively, energetic, fairly hardy dog, with whom you can walk in the fresh air and enjoy chatting at home.
Griffon can even be taken as the first dog.They are easy to care for and educate, their wonderful character is difficult to spoil.
Breeder's recommendation: It is better to take a male as a pet. A female has estrus twice a year, and this creates certain inconveniences and limitations.