Affenpinscher vs Brussels Griffon

Compare the Affenpinscher to the Brussels Griffon. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Affenpinschers and Brussels Griffons.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - The Affenpinscher is excellent for new or inexperienced owners. The Brussels Griffon is strongly discouraged for new owners.
  • Children - The Brussels Griffon is okay with children, but the Affenpinscher does not do well with children.
  • Grooming - Both breeds have low maintenance coats, but the Brussels Griffon is easier to groom.
  • Barking - The Brussels Griffon bark/howls frequently. The Affenpinscher has an average level of barking.
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Affenpinscher vs Brussels Griffon
Affenpinscher
Wheaten Brussels Griffon
Breed NameAffenpinscherBrussels Griffon
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicYesYes
Lifespan11-14 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Height9½-11½ in.7-8 in.
Weight6½-13¼ lb7-12 lb
IntelligenceAverageAverage
History
Origin CountryGermanyBelgium
Origin Year1600 AD1880 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessGoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyPoorAverage
Pet FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Stranger FriendlyGoodAverage
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Stubborn
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Jealous
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Stubborn
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardNoNo
Medium YardNoNo
Large YardNoNo
Temperature Tolerance ¹30°F to 80°F55°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsBelow AverageVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighHigh
Exercise RequiredLowMedium
Top Running Speed15 mph12 mph
StrengthLowLow
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLowMedium-High
SheddingLowLow
DanderLowLow
Drool AmountNoneNone

¹This is estimated min/max temperature range for a healthy adult dog. Dogs that live indoors, puppies, seniors, unwell dogs, and/or dogs with improperly groomed coats may overheat sooner and get cold more quickly.
Instincts & Behavior Comparison
Breed NameAffenpinscherBrussels Griffon
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackNoYes
IndependentYesNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyYesNo
AverageNoYes
Focused & PatientNoNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionAverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageBelow Average
ChasingBelow AverageAverage
Follow CommandsBelow AverageBelow Average
FightingAverageVery Low
GuardingAverageBelow Average
HerdingVery LowBelow Average
HuntingBelow AverageVery Low
ProtectionAverageBelow Average
Remove VerminAverageHigh
SleddingVery LowVery Low
WatchHighAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameAffenpinscherBrussels Griffon
Lifespan
Lifespan11-14 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Common Health Issues
AllergiesNoYes
CataractsYesNo
Collapsed TracheaYesNo
FracturesYesNo
Heart MurmursYesNo
Hip DysplasiaYesYes
Legg-perthes DiseaseYesNo
Luxating PatellaYesNo
Open FontanelYesNo
Patellar LuxationYesYes
Patent Ductus ArteriosisYesNo
Slipped StifleYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameAffenpinscherBrussels Griffon
Coat
FurYesYes
Coat Type
Wire CoatYesNo
Double CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
RoughYesYes
ScruffyYesYes
ShaggyYesNo
StraightNoYes
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesYes
MediumYesYes
Coat Color(s)
BelgeYesYes
BlackYesYes
Black & SilverYesNo
Black & TanYesYes
RedYesYes
BrownNoYes
ChocolateNoYes
TanNoYes
WheatenNoYes
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