Capturing the essence of the Brussels Griffon has been the painstaking task of many writers, painters, and a sand sculptor or two. The breed has a charm and appeal too difficult to immortalize, and the dog’s face says it all. A smooth and a rough variety exist; in Europe the former is called the Petit Brabancon and has gained fame in Italy. Of course the breed began in Belgium and was concocted through crosses with the original Monkey Dog, the Affenpinscher. The Brussels has outdone it progenitor and become the more popular of the simian-faced dogs. These are affectionate dogs that never forget that their heart pumps terrier blood. Few Brussels can resist leaving their warm sofa spot for a mouse tip-toeing across the kitchen. Brussels are always fashionable and seem never to lose their appeal.