Brussels Griffons are good apartment dogs. Though they are prone to anxiety, they are playful and loving. They are not great for first-time dog owners as they can be stubborn and struggle to listen.
Pugs have a similar personality, as they are prone to separation anxiety. However, they don’t bark very often, which makes them a good apartment dog for someone who can’t be home all day.
When you mix these two dogs, you get a breed known as a Brug. They are loving and playful dogs that do well in an apartment except for their barking. However, they have a stubborn personality and can be a little grumpy, which means they need some strict obedience training and socialization.
Keep reading to learn more about the Brug, as well as the dog breeds that made it; the Brussels Griffon and Pug.
Comparison Table for the Brussels Griffon, Pug, and the Brug
|Height||7-10 inches||8-11 inches||10-13 inches|
|Weight||8-10 pounds||8-13 pounds||14-18 pounds|
|Life Expectancy||12-15 years||12-15 years||13-15 years|
|Colors||Black Blue Brown Belge Red Tan Black and tan||Black Brown Cream Tan||Black Fawn|
|Coat Type||Can be wiry or smooth Short or medium length Double coat||Straight with short length Double coat||Smooth with short length Double coat|
|Affection levels||Pretty loving||Very loving||Very loving|
|Shedding Level||Wiry, rough-coated variants do not shed Average shedding||Fair amount of shedding||Fair amount of shedding|
|Temperament||Pretty playful Average protectiveness||Very playful Average protectiveness||Very playful Average protectiveness|
|Health Issues||Breathing problems Eye disorders Heart disorders Patella luxation Hip dysplasia||Hip dysplasia Patellar luxation Skin allergies Eye disorders||Corneal ulcers Dry eyes Breathing problems|
|Trainability||Pretty easy to train||Pretty easy to train||Pretty easy to train|
|Exercise||Average exercise||Average exercise||Average exercise|
|Friendliness to People||Pretty open to strangers||Pretty open to strangers||Very open to strangers|
|Friendliness to Dogs||Alright with other dogs||Pretty good with other dogs||Pretty good with other dogs|
|Drooling Levels||Little to no drool||Little to no drool||Little to no drool|
|Mental Stimulation||Average mental stimulation required||Average mental stimulation required||Average mental stimulation required|
|Barking Level||Fair amount of barking||Fair amount of barking||Only barks to alert|
About Brussels Griffons
Brussels Griffons have their lineage starting as early as 1434 as portrayed by Van Eyck’s “Arnolfini Couple” depicting a distant ancestor of the dog breed we know of today.
The name, Brussels Griffon, comes from the capital city of Belgium back in the early 1800s where they worked alongside coachmen to control rat populations in stables of horses.
Brussels Griffons come in two variants, smooth-coated and rough-coated. The rough-coated Brussels Griffons are often popular because they do not naturally shed their fur and instead are styled and groomed by professionals to keep their bearded aesthetic.
While there are no surviving records of the exact breedings, it is thought that the Brussels Griffons are the result of crossing Pugs, English Toy Spaniels, Yorkshire Terriers, and an old Belgian breed known as the “Brabancon”. These days the smooth-coated variants are also called Brabancons.
These small dogs are not your typical pampered princes and princesses of the toy dog breed world. They are intelligent and sensitive to their owner.
Although they are playful and energetic they are not recommended as a playmate for children. They can also be difficult for first-time dog owners since they often suffer from separation anxiety.
Pugs are known to be one of the oldest dog breeds with records of their existence dating back to 400 BC China. Not only were they popular with the Chinese emperors and Buddhist monks of Tibet back then, but they also remain as loveable little entertainers to all including celebrities such as Paris Hilton and Gerard Butler.
While they have a similar build and appearance to dogs like the English and French Bulldog, they are not closely related when examining their DNA. This leads to confusion when people sometimes refer to pugs as “Dutch Bulldogs” but this is simply a misnomer.
Interestingly, groups of pugs have a unique term known as a “grumble” which differentiates them from most other dog breeds that are usually referred to as packs or litters.
The pug is the ideal house dog but can thrive in almost any environment so long as proper care is taken to keep them healthy and extreme temperatures are avoided so their breathing problems associated with flat muzzles are not aggravated.
About The Brug Dog Mix
Brugs are small dogs, weighing between 8 to 13 pounds, and 8 to 11 inches tall. They make excellent companions for people who aren’t very active besides a couple of small walks a day. They also make excellent lap dogs and are quick to cuddle with their owner and take long naps.
Unlike pugs, they usually have a more extended muzzle, which allows them to play around more without having as many breathing issues. They can have other health issues, however, such as allergies, hip dysplasia, and eye disorders.
How Much Grooming Does a Brug Need?
Brugs don’t need a lot of baths, as it could easily dry out their skin. If they have folds and wrinkles like their pug parent, they may need to be cleaned to avoid infections and build-up. They may also need a brushing a few times a week to help reduce shedding.
Are Brugs Good For First-Time Dog Owners?
Despite their size, they aren’t the best dog for beginners. They need a lot of strict training, especially if they are going to be around children. They have a lot of self-worth that many dogs don’t possess and will quickly snap at people that harm them, such as handsy, rough children.
They can also be possessive and jealous, which means they might not do well around other pets if they don’t get the amount of love they think they deserve. This is why it is important to train them early on and get them socialized at a young age, so they react well when around other pets and children.
Brussels Griffons are also terriers, which means that they have a strong prey drive. If your dog inherits more of the Brussels Griffon personality, they may chase small animals you have as pets such as rodents or small birds.
Are Brugs Apartment-Friendly?
Brugs work well in small apartments. Though they need about 30 to 40 minutes of exercise daily, they can get it with walks, or running around the apartment. Most of the time, they enjoy cuddling with their owner and sleeping.
Mixed with their small size, this lazy dog is great for apartment living. However, they do tend to bark a fair amount, which might make them difficult in small areas where all your neighbors can hear them.
Brugs need a lot of attention and training, or they can be quick to become grumpy around strangers and children. Though they may be small, it is best to train your Brug so they listen when they need to and don’t act out.
However, with proper training, these dogs are loving and playful. They enjoy walks and games in the park as well as cuddles on the couch.