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Broodle Griffon
Smart and even Tempered

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Broodle Griffon

The Broodle Griffon is also known as a Brussapoo, Brusapoo, Brus-A-Poo or Griffinpoo and is a cross between the Brussels Griffon and the Poodle. She lives between ten to fifteen years sometimes a little more and is a small dog classed as a toy dog with talents in tricks, watchdog and agility. She is a smart little cookie but is not as high strung or sensitive as some Poodles can be usually being more even tempered.

Here is the Broodle Griffon at a Glance
Average height 7 - 9 inches
Average weight 7 - 15 pounds
Coat type Can be curly, wavy or a mix
Hypoallergenic? The more curly it is the more it is likely
Grooming Needs Moderate
Shedding Low to moderate
Brushing Once or twice a week should suffice
Touchiness Moderate
Tolerant to Solitude? Moderate
Barking Can be an occasional to average barker
Tolerance to Heat Very good
Tolerance to Cold Good - his size means not good for extreme cold
Good Family Pet? Very good
Good with Children? Very good
Good with other Dogs? Good with socialization can be very good
Good with other Pets? Good with socialization can be very good
A roamer or Wanderer? Fairly high chances he would go off if given a chance
A Good Apartment Dweller? Yes very good but barking may be a noise issue
Good Pet for new Owner? Very good
Trainability Excellent
Exercise Needs Low to moderate
Tendency to get Fat Moderate.
Major Health Concerns None known
Other Health Concerns Eye Problems, Tracheal Collapse, Respiratory Problems
Life Span 10 - 15 years
Average new Puppy Price $500 - $750
Average Annual Medical Expense $450 - $600
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $275 - $400

Where does the Broodle Griffon come from?

There is a mixed opinion on hybrid or designer breeds, some saying it should not be done and others saying as long as it is done by reputable breeders there is no harm in it. The thing is there is little origins or history to them because it is a fairly recent phenomena. Honest breeders are just trying to get the best out of two dogs into one but the problem is you cannot have any guarantees as to what of each parent the puppy will end up with. Some Broodle Griffons are more like a Poodle and some are more like the Brussels Griffon and some are a more even mix in terms of appearance and personality. Here is a quick look at the parents.

The Brussels Griffon

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The Brussels Griffon originally comes from Belgium where they were more terrier like and were bred to hunt vermin in city stables. Over the years they were mixed with the English Toy Spaniel, the Pug and the Affenpinscher and eventually the dog we know today emerged. Today he is an intelligent and lively dog with an expressive almost human like face. They can be sensitive and high strung, but can make wonderful companions and tend to bond more closely with one person in a family.

The Poodle

The Poodle was bred to be a retriever or hunter of waterfowl in Germany and then was adapted somewhat more in France and bred smaller to make companions for ladies that they could carry around. There are three sizes, and all are classed as Poodles they are not separate breeds just different sizes. They are toy, miniature and standard. They are thought to be one of the most clever dogs today but can be sensitive sometimes and do not do well left alone. They train easily however and make great family pets or companions for single owners.

Temperament

The Broodle Griffon is a smart and well behaved small dog, she is loyal and even tempered and very affectionate. She is a cheerful presence in the home, quite playful sometimes but also loves to curl up on your lap and be adored. They are quite social so enjoy company more than being left alone. They are happiest when with their owner getting lots of attention and doing anything they can to please you.

What does a Broodle Griffon look like

Broodle Griffons are just 7 - 15 pounds in weight and 7 - 9 inches tall. Her head tends to look like either a Brussels Griffon or a Poodles rather than a combination and her coat is the same, either wavy and smooth or curly. The coat's colors can be tan, apricot, charcoal, black, cream, white or golden. Eyes can be protruding or beady and ears are usually floppy and short. Teeth meet in an overbite and feet can be dainty or widespread. The tail too can be long or short and some breeders dock it.

Training and Exercise Needs

How much exercise will she need?

Just due to her size this dog does not need a lot of exercise which is why she is suitable for apartment living. A walk or jog a day is enough and some play indoors. If she does have access to a yard that is a bonus.

Can she be trained?

Yes and she is easy to do so thanks to her intelligence and her desire to please. She is more inclined than some to listen to commands and to obey them and will need less repetition when learning before she is ready to move to the next stage of learning. Just remember you still need to establish yourself as pack leader and be firm and consistent. Reward and praise and keeping it positive rather than punishment work a lot better as a training method. She should also have early socialization as soon as you get her to ensure you get a more even tempered and well behaved dog when she grows up.

Living with a Broodle Griffon

How much grooming is needed?

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Grooming really depends on who she takes more after the Poodle or the Brussels Griffon. If her hair is more curly, she is more likely to shed and she may need clipping every few months and will need brushing once or twice a week at least. If her coat is more like the Brussels Griffon there is less chance of shedding. Both parents are hypoallergenic though so the Broodle Griffon is too. She will need a bath now and then which at her size can happen in a sink if it is easier. Use a dog shampoo not one for people or it can damage the natural oils in her coat.

Other grooming needs include regular teeth cleaning, at least two or three times a week. Check her eyes and ears and wipe the ears clean once a week with a cloth or cotton ball that is damp. Nail clipping also needs to be done - you should not be hearing her clicking as she walks. Be warned that there is a blood vessel in her nails so do not cut low down or it will hurt her and cause a lot of bleeding. If you would prefer not to run the risk get your vet or her groomer to take care of it.

Is she good with children or other pets?

She is good with children, other dogs and pets, loves to play and is affectionate with them too. Socialization and early training helps with this. Since this is such a small dog make sure any children know to be careful with her, and that rough play could hurt her seriously.

Any other useful information

She is not a great watchdog and is not likely to alert you to intruders. She adapts well and can live with a yard or without, in a house or apartment. She can also adapt to most climates though not too cold as her size means she gets cold very quickly. She needs to be fed ½ to 1 cup a day of high quality dry dog food divided into two meals. She can be a bit of a barker which may be a problem in apartments with noise rules.

Health Concerns

There is no known major health issues for this dog, they tend to be healthier than the pure bred counterparts. There is a possibility of inheriting certain conditions their parents are prone to such as eye problems, respiratory problems and tracheal collapse.

Costs involved in owning a Broodle Griffon

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She is a hard to find mixed breed and if you are set on this dog make sure you use a reputable breeder who is able and willing to show you health clearances for both parents as well as for the puppy. Average costs for a puppy are $500 to $750 with additional costs such as buying a crate, initial medical costs, spaying, a carrier coming to another $375 - $450. Then yearly costs that cover things like medical check ups, license, food and so on come to another $700 - $1000.

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  • She is certainly a small dog if that is what you are looking for either because of preference or because of limited living space. The Broodle Griffin is a smart and calm dog that makes a perfect companion. She will be your best friend, do anything to please you, make you laugh, give you something to snuggle with on the couch and enrich your life. And all she wants is your love in return.

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