The Brussels Griffon is a terrific dog for many people. A person who wants an incredibly loyal companion who will love them and will enjoy being with them will greatly benefit from adopting a Brussels Griffon. Unfortunately, those with families with young children or who are not interested in small, toy breeds and the care that goes with them would not be happy with the Brussels Griffon.
This breed is great for someone who really wants a true companion dog. Many people like to take their Brussels Griffons with them to the store or to restaurants, or just to the dog park to socialize with other people and dogs. For the owner willing to train and socialize a Brussels Griffon puppy from the time he is weaned, this is a great breed. The Brussels griffon can be a naturally shy dog, and as such, he needs to be introduced to strangers and other dogs at a young age. This takes a lot of time and patience on the part of the owner, so owners without a lot of time to train a dog may not want to deal with the work that goes into the Brussels Griffon.
Brussels griffons, like all toy breeds, are notoriously hard to housebreak. They need to have a long time of housebreaking training, including crate training. This can last for several months, so the owner needs to have some experience with toy breeds before taking on the Brussels Griffon. If the owner does have training experience, then he or she should easily be able to handle this docile dog.
Homes that generally have a lot of excitement, company, or small children should not have a Brussels Griffon. Loud noises, fast movements, and general chaos around the home will make the Brussels Griffon very anxious and skittish. He may feel threatened by noises and movements, and may resort to defensive biting in these situations if he is not used to them.
Children can hurt or even kill a toy breed like the Brussels Griffon simply by their normal behavior. Because children tend to be louder and more rambunctious than adults, they are more likely to accidentally step on, sit on, or drop the Brussels Griffon. Brussels Griuffons are generally not recommended for households with children under the age of 14.
As long as the Brussels Griffon has access to daily exercise, he can thrive in an apartment setting. Since he is such a small dog, he does not require a lot of living space to be comfortable. But the owner should be sure that the dog gets outside for a nice walk everyday, otherwise he could begin to put on weight which can lead to serious health problems in his little body.