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Broodle Griffon ( Brussels Griffon & Poodle Mix)

Nicole Cosgrove

June 10, 2021

Broodle Griffon - Brussels Griffon and Poodle Mix

Height: 8-10 inches
Weight: 7-12 pounds
Lifespan: 10-15 years
Colors: Cream, brown, fawn, black, white
Suitable for: First-time dog owners, seniors, singles, families
Temperament: Loving, playful, energetic

The Broodle Griffon is not that common, but they are well-loved by those people lucky enough to own them. The feisty breed is a combination of the AKC Toy Brussels Griffon and the intelligent Miniature Poodle. They can also be called the GriffenPoo, Griffon Doodle, and the Brus-a-poo.

While almost everyone is familiar with the Poodle, many might be wondering what a Brussels Griffon is. They are a pup that looks a bit like a disheveled Pug or Bulldog. They are a small breed with an overbite and large eyes staring out at you from a cute coat of wiry fur.

The combination of the playful Brussels and the brilliant Mini Poodle means you get a dog breed that is the best of both worlds. The Broodle Griffon is often well-behaved and likes to be part of a human pack. They are keen to please and are thus relatively easy to train. The Poodle makes them less likely to be yappy, even though they are a pretty small dog.

If you are looking for the perfect pup for your family, it is worth considering one of these furry little dogs. Are you interested in learning more? Let’s dig into their price, where to buy, and how to care for them.

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Broodle Griffon Puppies — Before You Buy

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Health
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What’s the Price of Broodle Griffon Puppies?

The price of a Broodle Griffon ranges depending on the breeder and your area. There are some parts of North America where Brussels Griffons are more common and other areas where it is unlikely that you have ever heard of them. If you live in an area where it is more challenging to find Brussels, then your Broodle Griffon puppy might be more expensive.

Typically, the cost for these dogs ranges between $500 and $750. Both parent dogs are much more expensive, but a hybridized dog will always be exponentially cheaper than a purebred parent. Their cost can also vary depending on the line of the parents.

If you decide to try to adopt a Broodle Griffon, it is worth checking in your local rescue or animal shelters. These little dogs aren’t prevalent, but if there is a chance that you can give an abandoned dog a good home, it is always worth taking a look.

If you decide to adopt a Broodle Griffon from a breeder, it is worth checking them out first. Ask to get a tour through their facility to ensure that they take good care of their dogs. They should be willing to take you into all the areas in which they allow their dogs so you can verify their safety.

Another question worth asking before you adopt from a breeder is whether they have the vet records of the parent dogs. By getting a copy of these, you can be sure of the dog’s breed and whether their parents suffer from health problems. You should supply your pup’s vet with these records so they can watch for these specific health issues as the puppy ages.

Broodle Griffon - Brussels Griffon and Poodle Mix
Left: Brussels Griffon, Right: Poodle | Image Credit: Pixabay

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3 Little-Known Facts About Broodle Griffon

1. Poodles were initially meant to hunt waterfowl.

Most people think of Poodles as fancy designer dogs meant to sit there and look pretty, an image popularized by the French. However, they were and have always been meant for so much more.

Poodles are one of the more intelligent breeds of dogs. They were bred hundreds of years ago, but there are still arguments among researchers about their heritage and the location of their development. Most people do agree that they were first bred in Germany but developed in France.

These dogs have mostly waterproof coats and as such, were excellent for hunting waterfowl. If you have ever watched or owned a Poodle, you likely know that they love to swim. It is because of these old genetics and their breeding for favoring the water.

An interesting bonus fact: Unlike most other miniature breeds of standard dogs, the Miniature Poodle was created by breeding smaller and smaller Poodles together instead of incorporating other small dogs into their gene pool.

2. The Brussels Griffon was a beloved pet of Marie Henriette, a Belgian Queen.

The Brussels Griffon has seen eras of significant popularity and others, like now, when they aren’t as well recognized as breeds like the Shih-Tzu or Pug. They have been around for many years, most likely developed within the late 1700s to early 1800s. These dogs were also originally used as hunters of small vermin in areas like stables within cities and farms.

These dogs can owe their looks to their ancestral breeds, including the English Toy Spaniel, the Pug, and the Affenpinscher. They became increasingly popular throughout the 1800s and started to shift from a commoners’ dog to a dog for the nobleman.

Marie Henriette, a queen of Belgian in the late 1800s, helped popularize them as a dog for the wealthy. She fell in love with the breed and promoted them to royalty all across Europe. They were sent to America in 1898 and only one year later, were registered with the AKC.

As many dogs did, the Brussels Griffon sank in popularity and number throughout the World Wars. Most people couldn’t afford to feed themselves, much less these adorable little dogs. As such, the breed almost became extinct. Breeders in England are to thank for their preservation.

Since then, they have been a rarer breed, only finding popularity again in the 1990s when a Brussels pup starred in a movie with Jack Nicolson.

3. Broodle Griffons are a result of the designer dog trend from the 1990s.

Broodle Griffons have two parents that have long lines extending far back into history. These lines are strong and have influenced a good and relatively healthy bloodline for the Broodle Griffon to enjoy on either side.

Broodles are relatively new dogs, first bred in the 1990s when the trend for designer dogs became more popular. The popularity of this hybrid hasn’t rocketed, but they are well-loved by those who have gotten the chance to meet one.

Temperament & Intelligence of the Broodle Griffon

A Broodle Griffon is an excellent combination of the intelligence of a Poodle and the loving nature of the Brussels Griffon. They have a vibrant personality and are eager to please. These little pups always seem happy, but they will be happiest when they are with their family consistently. They can demand quite a bit of attention because they are happy as lapdogs that get almost constant attention.

The Broodle Griffon is good-natured and has a relatively balanced temperament for a small dog, as long as they get the attention that they need. They have wiry coats, so they don’t need much exercise, nor will maintaining their coat take much time.

Are These Dogs Good for Families? 👪

These dogs are an excellent choice for families. They tend to get along quite well with children, although they should always be supervised during playtime with very young kids. They would never intentionally hurt anyone, but if they are hurt or feel the need to get away when they get scared, they might lash out.

The Brussels Griffon is also a good choice for those who have strangers coming in and out of the home. As long as they are well socialized, they will enjoy meeting strangers. If they aren’t well socialized from a young age, though, they might get defensive at first when people come into their space.

Does This Breed Get Along With Other Pets?

The Brussels Griffon can get along with other pets, but the best thing you can do for them is socializing them from a young age. When they understand how to behave and don’t feel the need to protect you from other animals, they are more likely to accept pets in various situations.

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Things to Know When Owning a Broodle Griffon

Food & Diet Requirements 🦴

Broodle Griffons are relatively inexpensive to care for because they are so small. They don’t need much food each day. Generally, about 1 cup of food split into several meals will be enough for them throughout the day. If they get inordinate amounts of exercise, then they might need more.

Exercise 🐕

Broodles do enjoy getting out and getting exercise. They are quite alert and active dogs and will be happy to play with the family, go hiking, or play around in the dog park. You don’t need to worry about going on long walks with them frequently, as long as they get plenty of time to play in the yard or park throughout the week.

Training 🎾

Training a Broodle Griffon is not that hard. They genuinely adore their families and want to please them. Since they can be intelligent, depending on how much they inherit from their Poodle parent, they tend to catch on quickly.

Broodle Griffons are sensitive to your emotions and won’t respond well if you yell at them. Instead, train them using positive reinforcement and encouragement. They will pick up new commands much faster using positivity.

Grooming ✂️

You should groom your Broodle Griffon regularly to keep mats out of their fur. They will either have wiry or wavy fur. The texture depends on what genes that they inherit from which parent. Either way, try to give them a focused brush at least once a week. It is also a great way to bond with your pet.

Other issues that you should pay attention to include trimming their nails once a month and cleaning their ears with a damp cloth once a week.

You should also clean their teeth regularly. Although it has been filtered down quite a bit, the genes from the Pug in the Brussels Griffon can mean that they will struggle with dental issues. Always check for inflammation in their mouths when you brush their teeth.

Health and Conditions 🏥

Overall, the Broodle Griffon is quite a healthy dog. They can have heart and breathing problems as they age, so it is good to check with the breeder on the parent dogs’ health. Keep a close eye on them, and build up their stamina and exercise if you want to do more challenging physical activities.

Minor Conditions
  • Respiratory problems
  • Eye problems
Serious Conditions
  • Tracheal collapse
  • Aortic stenosis
  • Addison’s disease

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Male vs. Female

Since this is a relatively new breed, there are no recognizable differences between male and female dogs of this breed.

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Final Thoughts

Adopting a Broodle Griffon means adopting a fuzzy bundle of love into your family. They will stay loyal and loving toward their family unit for as long as they live. These dogs love to play with children and aren’t too energetic, making them exceptionally well-suited for families, singles, and seniors.


Featured Image Credit:

Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.

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