Is this breed for someone with allergies?
There are exceptions, but the Brussels Griffon does not make a good pet for those suffering from allergies. If a member of the family has allergies, it is important to consult a allergist about the purchase of a dog, and follow his/her advice. Some breeders may even ask for a doctor’s OK before selling a puppy to a person or family with an allergy problem. A lot depends on the sensitivity that causes the allergy. Some are sensitive to dog fur, some to dog dander, some to saliva. Dogs like the Yorkshire Terrier, the Poodle or Bichon Frise are easier to tolerate because they do not shed, and they have skin and hair that take frequent bathing. This is not the Brussels Griffon. Although there are dog products that may reduce dander and are advertised to help control allergic reactions, sensitivity usually grows with exposure. Some doctors prescribe shots and/or pills to reduce allergies, but it’s up to your doctor to tell you if this will be effective with a dog in the house. A Griffon, or any dog, should never suffer the trauma of uprooting to a new home or neglected because you couldn’t say “no”!