Choosing a puppy


As the Griffon is a relatively rare breed most people interested in obtaining one discover that it is not as readily available as many more popular breeds. Griffons generally have small litters and breeding is also difficult as the small puppies are often very susceptible to problems before they reach the age of six weeks.

For these reasons, and because the breed is steadily increasing in popularity, generally people wanting to acquire a Griffon find that they need to place their name on a waiting list with a breeder(s) from whom they would like to purchase a puppy. Resulting puppies from planned litters from respectable breeders will often be already well and truly committed before birth.

As with any breed, dog ownership is a commitment for the duration of that dog’s life and should never be entered into lightly, without adequate consideration.

When choosing your new puppy it is important to consider the following information.

Responsible breeders of have years of knowledge and experience and draw on this when selecting the dog and bitch to produce a litter.  In general they;

  • Are knowledgeable about their breed
  • Screen for genetic diseases
  • Offer a written guarantee, information and assistance
  • Are registered with a local/national breed club where they network with other knowledgeable breeders
  • Are registered with their local council and abide by all by laws relating to the breeding and housing of dogs on their property
  • Breed for good temperament, health and soundness
  • Are sincere, honest and untiring in their efforts to improve the breed

There will usually be puppies in each whelping that are not ‘show standard’. Although these puppies are not able to meet the show requirements they will still have inherited the same qualities of their litter mates.

Puppies are part of the family and are raised in homes to ensure that socialisation is part of each day's normal routine. This is an essential requirement at an early age for the puppy to be able to be a well-adjusted adult dog. Puppies are also fed a well balanced diet to ensure they are of optimum health and wormed regularly.

Before going to their new homes all puppies are immunised and vet checked to ensure each puppy is of excellent health.

A responsible breeder may ask you many questions about your family, where the dog is to live, etc. They will prefer to meet your family and observe the interactions between yourself and the puppy. The breeder is not being nosey, just wanting to ensure that the puppy will be suited to his new family and living environment. As the puppy’s new owner the breeder will appreciate any questions that you may have. Responsible breeders will also ask that you give them the opportunity to take the dog back for re-homing should circumstances arise that you can no longer keep your dog.

Along with puppies, there is always the opportunity for purchasing an older dog as a pet. Griffon puppies change a great deal as they grow. This means that puppies that start as show prospect will sometimes not grow into a show dog. Older dogs that have been at stud will also become available as pets. These older dogs are often the best option for a pet owner that does not have the time to train a puppy.

A responsible breeder would require you to agree to spay or neuter your new pet before registration papers are passed on to you. Another option is that the breeder will register your puppy on the "limited register". A dog with a "limited registration" cannot be shown in conformation competition and any offspring cannot be registered with the relevant registration body. These dogs can compete in obedience competitions and other performance events.

A Griffon puppy, from a responsible breeder, will be a delightful companion and family member for many years.

Never purchase a pure bred puppy from the following –

The Backyard Breeder - These breeders are quite often totally unaware of genetic or health risks involved and so often just use their own dog and bitch without much thought to what they might produce. These puppies are often advertised for sale in the newspaper.

Pet Shops - Pet stores purchase their pups from ‘puppy farms’, often as young as five weeks of age. Griffon puppies should be with their littermates for twelve weeks. Responsible breeders will never allow their pups to be sold by and to strangers.

Puppy Farms - These are persons who raise puppies in quantity, not quality. Many of these puppy farmers have multiple breeds and keep the dogs in poor cramped conditions. Puppy farmers generally do not consider temperament or health when breeding.


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Secretary:   Naomi Lawrence
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