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Nicole Cosgrove

June 18, 2021
The Chussel is the offspring of a Chihuahua and a Brussels Griffon. She is a small cross or mixed dog with a life span of 12 to 15 years. She has talents in competitive obedience, agility and tricks and is also called a Brissel Chiffon, Bruss-Chi, and Chiffon. She is a playful and energetic small dog with tendencies to being bossy!
Here is the Chussel at a Glance
Average height 6 to 9 inches
Average weight 5 to 12 pounds
Coat type Dense and wiry
Hypoallergenic? Can be (Brussels Griffon is)
Grooming Needs Low
Shedding Low to moderate
Brushing Couple of times a week
Touchiness Very sensitive
Tolerant to Solitude? Low
Barking Occasional to frequent
Tolerance to Heat Moderate
Tolerance to Cold Low
Good Family Pet? Good to very good
Good with Children? Good but needs socialization
Good with other Dogs? Good but needs socialization
Good with other Pets? Good to very good
A roamer or Wanderer? Moderate to high, depends on which parent she takes after more
A Good Apartment Dweller? Excellent
Good Pet for new Owner? Good but best with more experienced owners due to training
Trainability Difficult
Exercise Needs Fairly active
Tendency to get Fat Average
Major Health Concerns Patellar Luxation, Hypoglycemia, Heart problems, Open Fontanel, Collapsed Trachea, Hydrocephalus, Eye problems,
Other Health Concerns Shivering, Skin allergies, Hip Dysplasia,
Life Span 12 to 15 years
Average new Puppy Price $125 to $700
Average Annual Medical Expense $435 to $535
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $265 to $365

Where does the Chussel come from?

The Chussel is one of many recently dubbed designer breeds that have been created over the last 15 years or so. There is divided opinion on them, there are after all many mixed breeds looking for homes in rescue shelters already. But most breeders of these dogs argue there is a difference from accidental pairings and deliberate breeding using carefully selected lines. The problem is finding breeders who do take that kind of care rather than funding the many puppy mills and bad breeders that have used this trend to profit from. The Chussel could be like either parent in looks or temperament and there can be differences even in the same litter. With no origins about them known we look at the parents for a better understanding.

The Chihuahua

There are two origin theories for this dog. One is that she comes from Chinese dogs brought to Mexico by the Spanish who were bred with native Mexican dogs. The other is that she comes from the Techichi, a South and Central American dog found as far back as the 9th century. Whichever is true the short-haired Chihuahua was discovered in the mid 19th century in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. The long-haired was developed later by breeding with either the Pomeranians or the Papillons.

She is a popular breed still today being a bold and alert dog who is wary of strangers. She is very confident, perhaps overly so. She craves affection and attention and can be sensitive. She tends to bond closer to one person and needs proper socialization and training to do well in families with small children.

The Brussels Griffon

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 Chussle is a playful, energetic and happy dog who is eager to please, smart and makes a good family pet and companion. She can be bossy with other dogs though and that may extend to people too! Usually she becomes more attached to one person in the family and forms a very close bond with them. She is good at getting her own way and is very loving. This is an attached dog, she will follow you around the home and want to be close to you at all times. She is reserved around strangers and can be territorial and protective. She can be willful and some can have moments of hyperactivity. She also may do a lot of digging. She is entertaining with her clownish ways and clearly loves life when she is happy and well loves.

What does the Chussel look like

She is a small dog weighing 5 to 12 pounds and standing 6 to 9 inches tall. She has floppy ears, a curly tail, straight, dense and wiry hair that comes in colors such as black, white, brown, gray and golden. There is a lot of fringe around the ears and legs. Her body is muscular though small, squared and sturdy. She has large round eyes, a flat nose, a muzzle in proportion and markings on her face around her eyes. She often has bushy eyebrows and a small beard and her ears can be folded over or upright.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Chussel need to be?

Chussels are fairly active dogs so she will need a couple of walks a day of moderate length to keep her happy and in good physical shape. If large enough for them (some have size restrictions) she would enjoy playing and running in a dog park or having somewhere to go off leash now and then. She would enjoy having a yard to play in but it is not a requirement for her happiness. The play she has indoors will be meet some of her mental and physical exercise needs. She can happily live in an apartment with her small size.

Does she train quickly?

This is a difficult dog to train so if you are a first time dog owner this is not the best option. She can be stubborn and while she is intelligent her willfulness means any training requires a firm and consistent hand. It will also require patience and positivity as she is sensitive and will not respond well to any signs of impatience or punishment. Use treats, offer her praise, reward her successes and remain calm through it all being prepared for a slow slog. If help is needs there are professional trainers and schools that can be turned to. Early socialization and training will help her develop her confidence and better social skills with other pets and dogs.

Living with a Chussel

How much grooming is needed?

The Chussel is low maintenance so if you are trying to avoid having to clean up a lot of loose hair this one option! As well as being low shedding she is possibly hypoallergenic as the Brussels Griffon is. If allergies are a concern test the puppy with the person who may react before buying. Brush her two to three times a week and give her a bath when she is noticeably getting dirty or has that strong doggy odor! Use a dog shampoo as it is better for her skin. Check her ears and wipe them clean using a solution and cotton ball or cloth, once a week. Brush her teeth two to three times a week and clip her nails when they get too long. That will need some knowledge and proper clippers or taking her to a groomer or vet.

What is she like with children and other animals?

This is a good dog with children as she is playful and affectionate though smaller children should be supervised as they do not take as much care when touching the dog, and some Chussels can be hyperactive with them. Early socialization will help her get along with other dogs and other pets. Otherwise she may try to dominate other dogs especially those larger than her.

General information

She is not best suited to being a watchdog and she can be quite vocal, barking anywhere from occasionally to frequently. She should be fed 1/2 to 1 cup of good quality dry dog food a day, split into two meals. She does not do well in overly warm or cold climates so if the weather where you live is anything other than mild be prepared to take care of her during colder or hotter days.

Health Concerns

She can have a sensitive stomach so take care with the food you used as she can get diarrhea from poor quality, unusual foods and table scraps. There are health concerns she can inherit from her parents such as Patellar Luxation, Hypoglycemia, Heart problems, Open Fontanel, Collapsed Trachea, Eye problems, Hydrocephalus, Shivering, Skin allergies and Hip Dysplasia. Ask the breeder to show you parental health clearances and visit the puppy to check on the conditions there before you buy.

Costs involved in owning a Chussel

Currently the Chussel can be found for between $175 to $700. Other costs will be for things like a crate, collar and leash, carrier, blood tests, deworming, chipping, shots and spaying and they come to between $380 to $430. Annual non-medical basics like food, training, treats, license and toys come to between $265 to $365. Annual medical essentials like check ups, pet health insurance or emergency savings, flea prevention and vaccinations come to between $435 to $535.


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The Chussel is a cute mix of the Bichon Frise and the Chihuahua and can be very loyal and affectionate, fun and playful. She does have a bossy and willful side though that will make for some challenges along the way, especially when it comes to training. She is best with experienced owners and ones who are committed to early socialization and training.

Featured Image Credit: Left – Ilona Krijgsman, Pixabay; Right – Catherine_P, Shutterstock

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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