Welcome to the ABGA Breed Health Information Center


The ABGA, as the AKC parent Club, is dedicated to the health, welfare, and future of the Brussels Griffon breed.
The purpose of this site is to encourage and promote the owning, breeding and training of purebred Brussels Griffons as well as to provide support that enables this unique and amazing breed to excel for years to come.

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ABGA Breed Health Mission and Goals

Mission Statement
The mission of the ABGA Health Information Program is to help Brussels Griffons live a longer and healthier life through periodically monitoring the health status of the breed, developing resources to improve breed health with an emphasis on understanding canine genetics and to help apply health information to improve breeding programs and owner care guidance.

To identify health issues of concern to dog owners and breeders
To seek ways to use the observations, experience and knowledge of Brussels Griffon owners, breeders, veterinarians, and other canine experts to advance the health of the Brussels Griffon
To identify and sponsor research and education programs that …
#1. Meet the highest scientific and educational standards
#2. Have the greatest potential for advancing the health of the Brussels Griffon
#3. Have expectations for producing materials and applications that are reasonable and affordable for breeders and owners
To responsibly monitor any grant work done for the Brussels Griffon breed and make the results of such work available for dissemination to ABGA members, the Brussels Griffon breeders and owners, and to the public through publication in the ABGA Bulletin, professional journals, and the AKC Canine Health Foundation
To facilitate ABGA cooperation with the projects and programs of the AKC Canine Health Foundation
To raise funds adequate to advance ABGA Health specific projects
To work toward the future development of an incorporated ABGA Health Foundation established with 501(c)7 status that will invest health funds for both income and growth of principle to finance future projects identified as having great potential in helping the Brussels Griffon to lead a longer and healthier life


Please click below for the American Kennel Club’s guidelines for responsible owners and breeders:


Orthopedic Foundation for Animals

The Mission of the OFA

To promote the health and welfare of companion animals through a reduction in the incidence of genetic disease

The OFA is guided by the following four specific objectives:

  • To collate and disseminate information concerning orthopedic and genetic diseases of animals.
  • To advise, encourage and establish control programs to lower the incidence of orthopedic and genetic diseases.
  • To encourage and finance research in orthopedic and genetic disease in animals.
  • To receive funds and make grants to carry out these objectives.

For CERF the Canine Eye Registration Foundation should be contatcted directly for the appropriate submission forms, procedures, and service fees.

Canine Eye Registry Foundation

Lynn Hall
625 Harrison St
Purdue University
W Lafayette, IN 47907-2026

Phone: 765-494-8179
Fax: 765-494-9981

Email: vmdb@vmdb.org
Home Page: www.vmdb.org/cerf.html
Test Verify: www.vmdb.org/verify.html

Canine Health Information Center

The Canine Health Information Center, also known as CHIC, is a centralized canine health database jointly sponsored by the AKC Canine Health Foundation and the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals. The Mission Statement of CHIC is to provide a reliable source of health information that will assist in breeding healthy dogs. Health tests required for a dog to obtain a CHIC number are established by the parent club to reflect health issues in that breed, and in Brussels Griffon’s the health testing is recommended for a variety of genetic conditions but requirements can be viewed as follows:

Individual CHIC Search – http://www.caninehealthinfo.org/search.html


Breeder Testing Requirements – http://www.caninehealthinfo.org/brdreqs.html?breed=BG


Health Issues in the Brussels Griffon

Every breed of dog, like humans, has genetically based health advantages as well as inherent health risks or problems. Brussels Griffons have some common health issues that can be found as well in many other dog breeds but there are a few health concerns that are more predominate in the Brussels Griffon breed. Health tests current allow us to screen breeding stock for some of these problems, and with today’s exciting scientific based DNA testing technology we are in a position to benefit from research that identifies abnormal genes via testing that thereby will aid in the eradication of genetic inheritable disease. Below are some health issues of particular concern to Brussels Griffon breed, breeders and owners.
Click the below link for a list of specific tests that ABGA recommends breeders screen for and that new puppy buyers should be aware of when selecting their new canine family member.

Syringomyelia in Brussels Griffon For more information on the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) study of Syringomyelia in Brussels Griffon

DOG FOOD RECALLS – Know the foods you are feeding:



This area is currently under development. Please stay tuned…


In the interim, if you have any questions regarding Health please feel free to reach out to Meg Prior (Health Committee Chair).