The Brussels Griffon Miniature American Shepherd Mix, is a mixed breed dog resulting from breeding the Brussels Griffon and the Miniature American Shepherd. Both of these dogs can be friendly but personalities differ, so you never know. The Brussels Griffon is known for being inquisitive, alert, and sensitive. All dogs need proper socialization and that will be a big factor in how they interact with others. What does this mixed breed look and act like? Is it more like the Brussels Griffon or the Miniature American Shepherd? Those are the questions we will try and answer below. Continue reading below to see pictures, videos, and learn more about the beautiful Brussels Griffon Miniature American Shepherd Mix.
While we really recommend that you acquire all animals through a rescue, we understand that some people might go through a breeder to get their Brussels Griffon Miniature American Shepherd Mix puppy. That is, if they have any Brussels Griffon Miniature American Shepherd Mix puppies for sale.
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All hybrid or designer dogs are tough to get a good read on as there isn’t much history to them. Breeding specific dogs like this has become common in the last twenty years or so even though I am sure that this mixed breed found it’s share of dogs to the shelter due to accidental breeding. We will take a closer look at the history of both parent breeds below. If you are looking at breeders for new, designer dogs please beware of Puppy Mills. These are places that mass produce puppies, specifically for profit and don’t care at all about the dogs. If you have a few minutes, please sign our petition to stop puppy mills.
Brussels Griffon History
As they had done with sheepdogs, the Belgians, in the mid-to late 1800s, were breeding new varieties of toy dogs. Besides the Brussels Griffon (French: Griffon Bruxellois), these included the Belgian Griffon (Griffon Belge), and the Petit Brabançon. All three of these toy dogs are thought to descend from the same ancestor, a dog called a Smousje. Smousje was a rough-coated, small terrier-like dog kept in stables to eliminate rodents. Later on, both the Pug and two varieties of the English Toy Spaniel are thought to have been crossed with the Brussels Griffon. Today, the primary distinction among all the Belgian toy rodent-hunting dogs is their coat texture — they are referred to as either a wire-coated or a smooth-coated Brussels Griffon.
Among the significant breed registries, the AKC recognizes only the Brussels Griffon; European groups recognize all three earlier Griffons with breed standards differing mostly in coat texture and color.
Fun fact: The Brussels Griffon is connected to the Star Wars movie franchise. For Return of the Jedi (1983), the visual effects director used an image of a Griffon Bruxellois, the same species of dog George Lucas owned, to design the general look of the furry Ewok characters. The makeup artist took it from there, and the denizens of the Forest Moon of Endor were born.
By 1870, the Brussels Griffon had raised himself from a chaser of barn rats to a favorite among royalty. Belgian Queen Henrietta Maria so enjoyed them that they became sought after by both members of the nobility and working-class people in Brussels. The present-day Brussels Griffon is a spirited little dog who appeals to people of all social classes on both sides of the Atlantic.
As happened to so many breeds during the two World Wars, the Brussels Griffon nearly became extinct during the 40-year period during which the wars were fought. A dedicated group of admirers in the U.K. and elsewhere restored the breed, but it remains relatively uncommon, especially in the U.S.
Miniature American Shepherd History
The Miniature American Shepherd, also known as the North American Shepherd, is mostly referred to as MAS, but other nicknames include Mini, and Ameri. It can also be called the Miniature Australian Shepherd. This breed that comes from the roots of an Australian Shepherd and comes in different colors such as back, blue merle, red, red merle and often comes with tan and/or white markings.
Because of its size, many Miniature American Shepherd enthusiasts believe this breed is a perfect choice for a sporty, strong and good-natured pet that many are looking to add to their family.
Originally a herding dog, the Miniature American Shepherd is a compact working dog. The Miniature American Shepherd was first bred in the United States, hence the name. In the 1960s the breed was still called a Miniature Australian Shepherd because breeders were breeding what was thought to be smaller Australian Shepherds.
In 1990, the American Kennel Club recognized the Miniature American Shepherd breed officially in its organization. There are preferred heights within the standard, but with a little wiggle room, there is no disqualification due to a deviation in height. There is still a debated issue about this to this day.
Finally in 1993, the predecessor to the Miniature American Shepherd Club of the USA (MASCUSA ) asked if they could officially change the name to the “North American Shepherd.” That was when the MASCUSA became the North American Shepherd Club of America.
For the next 15 years, there were many different organizations that grew and then ended. Eventually the name and the breed of Miniature American Shepherd was born out of compromise between different organizations. It was then that MASCUSA became the official parent club for the Miniature American Shepherd, and in July 2015, the MAS was fully recognized in the Herding Group by the American Kennel Club.
Height: 9 - 10 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 8 - 10 lb.
Lifespan: 10 - 15 years
Miniature American Shepherd
Height: 13 - 18 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 20 - 31 lb
Lifespan: 13 - 15 years
The Brussels Griffon and the Miniature American Shepherd might be a little bit spunky. They can be an inquisitive little fella so keep on the lookout for that behavior! All dogs need attention and don't want to be left alone. That's why you have a pet, right? Plan on putting forth effort to socialize her as this will reap dividends in the long run. Please use always use positive reinforcement even though they can have a mind of their own. Enjoy being with your new mixed breed and love the relationship you will have with them.
All dogs have the potential to develop genetic health problems as all breeds are susceptible to some things more than others. However, the one positive thing about getting a puppy is that you can avoid this as much as possible. A breeder should absolutely offer a health guarantee on puppies. If they won’t do this, then look no more and don’t consider that breeder at all. A reputable breeder will be honest and open about health problems in the breed and the incidence with which they occur. We obviously recommend that you look for a reputable animal rescue in your area to find your new mixed breed. Health clearances prove that a dog has been tested for and cleared of a particular condition.
The Brussels Griffon mixed with the Miniature American Shepherd might be prone to joint dysplasia, distichias, cataracts, pra, among others.
Note that these are just common problems in both breeds.
What are the grooming requirements?
Even if you know the breed, sometimes it is hard to tell if it will be a heavy shedder or a light shedder. Either way, Get ready to invest in a good vacuum if you want to keep your floors clean! Give them baths as needed, but not so much that you dry out their skin.
What are the exercise requirements?
Plan on taking them for extremely long walks and hikes to keep their energy level down. This mix will more than likely have a high energy level. This exercise will keep them from being destructive. A tired dog is a good dog. A tired dog is a good dog though. Never tie your dog up outside - that is inhumane and not fair to him.
What are the training requirements?
This is an intelligent dog that will be a little bit challenging to train. They are going to want to take the alpha position and need someone with a firm, strong, hand that can let them know their place. The best thing you can do is break the sessions into shorter daily sessions to keep their attention span higher. It might have a prey drive and be disposed to running for and chasing small prey, but if handled properly this can be managed. All dogs respond best to positive reinforcement. So make sure to praise her when she does well. She is an intelligent dog who loves to please, and loves a physical challenge. The more exercise she gets the easier she will be to train. Proper socialization is imperative to all dogs and puppies. Make sure to take her to the park and doggy day care to get her around as many people and dogs as possible.
"A lot of times diet is done on a per-dog basis. Each one is unique and has different dietary requirements. Most dogs in the U.S. are overweight. A mix like this one that is prone to hip and elbow dysplasia should really be on fish oil and glucosamine and chondroitin supplements as soon as possible. A good diet to look into is Raw Food Diet. A raw food diet will be especially good for the Wolf background.
Overfeeding any dog is not a good idea as that can really exacerbate health problems such as elbow and hip dysplasia.
I good diet to look into is Raw Food Diet. A raw food diet will be especially good for the Wolf background."