Brussels Griffon vs Toy Fox Terrier

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

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - The Toy Fox Terrier is a good choice for new owners. The Brussels Griffon is strongly discouraged for new or inexperienced owners.
  • Children - The Toy Fox Terrier is very child friendly. The Brussels Griffon does okay around kids, but is not as tolerant as the Toy Fox Terrier.
  • Grooming - Both the Brussels Griffon and Toy Fox Terrier are very low maintenance and easy to groom.
  • Barking - Both the Brussels Griffon and Toy Fox Terrier are very vocal and will bark/howl frequently.
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Brussels Griffon vs Toy Fox Terrier
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Breed NameBrussels GriffonToy Fox Terrier
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicYesNo
Lifespan12-15 yrs.13-15 yrs.
Height7-8 in.8½-11½ in.
Weight7-12 lb3½-7 lb
IntelligenceAverageHigh
History
Origin CountryBelgiumUnited States
Origin Year1880 AD1930 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyAverageVery Good
Pet FriendlyVery GoodGood
Stranger FriendlyAverageGood
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Jealous
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Stubborn
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardNoNo
Medium YardNoNo
Large YardNoNo
Temperature Tolerance ¹55°F to 80°F55°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighHigh
Exercise RequiredMediumMedium
Top Running Speed12 mph16 mph
StrengthLowLow
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceMedium-HighLow-Medium
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 NameBrussels GriffonToy Fox Terrier
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageYesNo
Focused & PatientNoYes
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageBelow Average
ChasingAverageBelow Average
Follow CommandsBelow AverageAverage
FightingVery LowBelow Average
GuardingBelow AverageBelow Average
HerdingBelow AverageBelow Average
HuntingVery LowBelow Average
ProtectionBelow AverageBelow Average
Remove VerminHighBelow Average
SleddingVery LowVery Low
WatchAverageBelow Average
Health Comparison
Breed NameBrussels GriffonToy Fox Terrier
Lifespan
Lifespan12-15 yrs.13-15 yrs.
Common Health Issues
AllergiesYesNo
Demodectic MangeNoYes
Hip DysplasiaYesNo
Legg-perthes DiseaseNoYes
Patellar LuxationYesNo
Von Willebrand's DiseaseNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameBrussels GriffonToy Fox Terrier
Coat
FurYesYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesNo
Smooth CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
RoughYesNo
ScruffyYesNo
StraightYesYes
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesYes
MediumYesNo
Coat Color(s)
BelgeYesNo
BlackYesNo
Black & TanYesNo
BrownYesNo
ChocolateYesNo
RedYesNo
TanYesNo
WheatenYesNo
White & BlackNoYes
White & TanNoYes
White, Black, & TanNoYes
White, Chocolate, & TanNoYes