The first thing that comes to mind looking at these funny dogs - domovyata! Snub nose, cunning eyes, and even with a mustache and beard. And hidden behind such unusual appearance cheerful disposition and exceptional fortitude. So who are the griffins? Let's look at them more closely: what griffon dog, where it came from and what it represents.
History of griffins, or three in one
Griffins - a group of rocks. It includes the Brussels Griffon Belgian Griffon and brabansky Griffin (Petit Brabancon). His pedigree, these dogs are from Belgium, where they appeared in the early 15th century. Different sources describe different versions of the origin and elimination of griffins.
In the basic version is a hunting dog (one of them hounds, other cops). These rocks were created specifically for hunting in France, and their appearance was formed taking into account local climatic conditions and characteristics of hunting.
Another version claims that originally brought griffins for rodent control. How excellent rat-catchers were kept in their homes commoners, artisans and merchants.
And some sources reported that the Griffins - Pets aristocracy. Precious tiny dog was a symbol of elegance and indispensable companion ladies of high society.
The debate about their origin not subside until now. It will be born in them the truth or not - is unknown. But Griffins (and Brussels, and the Belgian and Petit Brabancon) are so genetically similar that never cease to amaze even professional dog trainers.
Genetics griffins, or Miracles dog
The fact that a mother and even in the same litter can be born once all three breeds griffins! And determine which breed puppy is only in color and type of wool (and that - closer to the months of age). It is also noteworthy that the parents are born as a wirehaired Gorny and "bristly" kids. While haired griffons do not bring haired offspring.
Interesting and metamorphosis with color. For example, petit Brabant can be red, black and black and tan, Brussels - only red, and Belgian Griffon - black or black and tan. So Petit Brabançon give puppies all colors, but two red parents will only ginger offspring. And Brussels Griffon give only red Brabant and griffins. Why is that? Riddle ...
With regard to the species involved in the breeding of modern griffins. So here too there is no consensus. It is believed that in their veins flows the blood and King Charles Spaniel and the Affenpinscher and the Irish and Yorkshire Terrier, and even pug. Some dog experts argue that the round eyes and snub-nosed snout got it from griffins pugs.
But what would the blood flowed in them either, griffins very unlike all other dogs and surprisingly similar. How to distinguish griffins?
Species griffins, or those same but different
All griffins - a small and energetic dogs. They have a round bulging eyes, flattened upturned noses and strong constitution. They differ in color and type of hair.
Brussels griffon haired and can only be red color.
Belgian Griffin also has a hard coat, but its color can be black and black and tan.
But Petit Brabancon - a smooth-black, red or black and tan griffin. And he may have miksovogo color (red with black and brown). And Brabant does not have a beard and mustache.
Belgian and Brussels Griffon his curious appearance reminiscent of a cross between a dog with a monkey. Petit Brabancon - photos (only caricature) miniature pug boxer or lean.
Besides the similar appearance of all Griffins are still the same character.
The character of a griffin, or energetic intellectual
Griffin has a balanced mind and docile nature. Different intelligence and wit. Very energetic walk. He loves to run and play. At the same time travel (in car, train or plane) behaves calmly and politely.
Griffins are very affectionate and loyal dog. Try to be always close to the owner. Very emotional. I feel the mood of the owner. Get along well with children. They get along well with other pets. Clean, easy to education and training. Non-aggressive, but they, too timid and can not be named. In short, the ideal dog for any family.
Among the shortcomings can be noted only griffins snoring (well, snoring, they dream). Although this is not particularly the nature and anatomy.
A feature of the care it should be noted the need for trimming (twice a year). Although, for example, petit Brabant does not require such care.
However, despite the fact that this dog could be called the ideal companion, it is not suitable for everyone.
Who should start griffins, or similarity of characters
Griffins have a cheerful disposition and irrepressible energy. Therefore, any of the griffons (Belgian, Brussels or Petit Brabancon) does not approach a person gloomy, melancholic and closed (though such people it is better not to have any dog). But all the griffins are ideal as a family pet.
And if the family has children, the best friend than a griffin for the child simply can not find. He can run and play, he would never hurt a child, and himself will stand.
For older people, the griffin also be a great companion. They are well behaved on walks, do not bark at passers-by, do not run for the cats or birds.
Griffins - great for dog lovers of the sport. And Petit Brabançon suitable even allergies who dream to have a dog - owners griffins argue that no wool, no smell in the house of this dog there.
So if your pet becomes bearded griffon or Petit Brabancon smooth coat, you will surely find common language with him. And this living with Brownie, "a motor" is sure to become not only a favorite of all households, but also a kind of talisman of comfort and family well-being.