Brussels Griffon vs Silky Terrier

Compare the Brussels Griffon to the Silky Terrier. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Brussel Griffons and Silky Terriers.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - The Silky Terrier is a good choice for new owners. The Brussels Griffon is strongly discouraged for new or inexperienced owners.
  • Children - Both the Silky Terrier and Brussels Griffon are child friendly, but the Silky Terrier is a better choice for young children.
  • Grooming - Both the Brussels Griffon and Silky Terrier are very low maintenance and easy to groom.
  • Barking - Both the Brussels Griffon and Silky Terrier are very vocal and will bark/howl frequently.
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Breed NameBrussels GriffonSilky Terrier
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicYesYes
Lifespan12-15 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Height7-8 in.9-10 in.
Weight7-12 lb8-11 lb
IntelligenceAverageAverage
History
Origin CountryBelgiumAustralia
Origin Year1880 AD1900 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodGood
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyAverageGood
Pet FriendlyVery GoodBelow Average
Stranger FriendlyAverageGood
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Jealous
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Stubborn
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardNoYes
Medium YardNoNo
Large YardNoNo
Temperature Tolerance ¹55°F to 80°F50°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighLow-Medium
Exercise RequiredMediumMedium
Top Running Speed12 mph12 mph
StrengthLowLow
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceMedium-HighMedium
SheddingLowNone-Low
DanderLowNone-Low
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 NameBrussels GriffonSilky Terrier
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentNoYes
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageYesYes
Focused & PatientNoYes
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageAverage
ChasingAverageAverage
Follow CommandsBelow AverageAverage
FightingVery LowBelow Average
GuardingBelow AverageAverage
HerdingBelow AverageAverage
HuntingVery LowBelow Average
ProtectionBelow AverageAverage
Remove VerminHighAverage
SleddingVery LowVery Low
WatchAverageAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameBrussels GriffonSilky Terrier
Lifespan
Lifespan12-15 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Common Health Issues
AllergiesYesNo
Collapsed TracheaNoYes
DiabetesNoYes
EpilepsyNoYes
Hip DysplasiaYesNo
Legg-perthes DiseaseNoYes
Patellar LuxationYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameBrussels GriffonSilky Terrier
Coat
FurYesNo
HairNoYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesNo
Smooth CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
RoughYesNo
ScruffyYesNo
StraightYesYes
SilkyNoYes
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesNo
MediumYesYes
LongNoYes
Coat Color(s)
BelgeYesNo
BlackYesYes
Black & TanYesNo
BrownYesNo
ChocolateYesNo
RedYesNo
TanYesYes
WheatenYesNo
BlueNoYes
GreyNoYes
PlatinumNoYes
SilverNoYes
WhiteNoYes