As Good as it Gets

Meet the Brussels Griffon

Brussels Griffon, Red Rough Coat

Developed in Belgium, the Brussels was developed from primarily the Affenpinscher and the Belgian street dog. The intelligent and cheerful Brussels Griffon has a terrier-like disposition and is known for his almost human expression. This affectionate breed comes in a variety of colors, including red, belge (black and reddish brown), black and tan, or black. The Brussels is classified as a toy breed, a sturdy built dog usually weighting between 6-11 pounds.

The rough coat is wiry and dense, the harder and more wiry the better. The head should be covered with wiry hair, slightly longer around the eyes, nose, cheeks, and chin, thus forming a fringe. The rough coat is hand-stripped and should never appear unkempt. Body coat of sufficient length to determine texture. The smooth coat is straight, short, tight and glossy, with no trace of wiry hair.

These are wonderful little companion dogs. They are sensitive, eager to please, and intelligent. The Brussels is a suitable apartment dog, but enjoys outdoor walks and play time.

See more of this adorable little dog in the hit movie As Good as it Gets, but be warned, you just may fall in love!

Melvin Udall is a sarcastic writer who lives alone in an apartment, eats at the same restaurant each day, is afraid of germs, and generally hates people. His neighbor, Simon, is a gay artist whose dog is constantly becoming entangled in Melvin’s life annoying Melvin and giving rise to much anti-homosexual sentiment on his part. Carol is a waitress at Melvin’s usual eating spot who is trying to take care of an asthmatic son and has to suffer Melvins obnoxious behavior. However, the door to Melvin’s self-awakening is opened by Simon’s dog who Melvin has to watch after Simon is brutally mugged. He comes to love the dog and respect Simon, and to see that Carol’s son receives much-needed medical care.

If you’re considering a new best friend, the Brussels Griffon gets my vote of approval 100%! My little Baby Brussels is eight years old now, and the love of my life.


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9 Responses to As Good as it Gets

  1. Bassas Blog says:

    I had never heard ofg this breed before. Baby Brussels is beautiful!

  2. First time I’ve heard the name Brussels Griffon, or at least seen it written out. Always learning new things at your site. Thanks.

  3. Jo Bryant says:

    i want one – I loved the dog in the movie – yours is cuter though

  4. tbnranch says:

    Thank you…I agree!

  5. Anonymous says:

    He is adorable!

  6. I put As Good as it Gets on my Netflix queue so I can see one of those dogs. I’ve never seen that movie before.

  7. Awww . . . he’s always been way too cute! :-)

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