Top Dog Interview With Brussels Sprout

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Brussels Sprout the dog in a denim jacketThere are a few things that our team members at Canine Journal can agree on – we all love dogs and brussels sprouts. So when we came across a dog with the name of one of our favorite vegetables, we were drooling with excitement. Sprout is an adorable Brussels Griffon pup who struts the streets in his hometown of New York City in style (complete with his own custom apparel). When not agility training or modeling, “Sproutie” can be found helping raise awareness and raising money for dogs in need. Read on to learn from his story, some funny advice and get some hot fashion tips in our latest Top Dog interview.

How did you and your humans meet?

My humans found me through a responsible breeder who they got to know for several months before flying down to meeting me and my littermates. As soon as I saw them, I knew they were mine. I pushed my way past my littermates and went right up to my mom and shoved my little pout in her face. The rest is history.

How’d you get the name Sprout?

My mom loves vegetable puns (oddly specific, I know) and I’m a Brussels Griffon so yeah. I’ve never tried a Brussel Sprout – it feels kind of cannibalistic to me! I do love carrots though.

How did you get started with agility?

I was a super shy puppy and going to school helped me gain confidence. After finishing all my puppy obedience and tricks classes, mom and I tried an agility class and both fell in love with the sport. Sometimes we have to get up early and drive a long way to train, but it’s totally worth it!

What tricks have you learned?

Not to brag, but I know, like, a ton. I can do a handstand and twerk against the wall, which is pretty cool. You can teach an old dog new tricks – just pick one that suits his natural behavior and personality! I naturally jump up on my hind legs (short guy problems), so learning how to “dance” on cue was really easy.

What are some of your favorite past times?

Believe it or not, I like to do normal dog things! I could literally play fetch forever and I love going uptown to frolic in Central Park. I’m also a huge snuggle bug, so the rest of my time is pretty much spent sleeping, preferably in mom’s lap.

Any shopping tips?

We like to go to Dog & Co in NYC – they carry a lot of unique brands! Pet Haus is one of my favorites – they make my signature denim jackets. The key to shopping is making sure it not only looks good but feels good! Clothes are only cute if the dog wearing them is happy and confident! If your dog just isn’t into clothes, stick to bow ties and bandanas instead!

What’s your favorite projects and why?

For my first National Puppy Day, I got to hang out with Ralph Lauren and go on a coffee date with four dog supermodels (Toast, Ella Bean, Chloe and Mochi) which was pretty epic.


I also loved partnering with Domaine Du Paws to create a limited edition Sprout enamel pin and raise money for the National Brussels Griffon Association (which sold out!)

Ralph Lauren Fashion Video

This isn’t the Ralph Lauren National Puppy Day campaign that featured Brussels but is another ad by the fashion line starring some other furry and adorable canine fashionistas.

What do you love about being a celebrity pup?

I love that it gives me a voice and an opportunity to help less fortunate pups. We are passionate about supporting shelters and putting an end to puppy mills. It’s important to help educate people so that they understand why buying a dog from a pet store or online (gasp!) is not OK and how they are actually perpetuating the vicious puppy mill cycle.

Besides your BFF Pablo, who’s your favorite fellow celebrity pet?

Well, I’m a teenage boy, so I crush a lot. I have the hots for @ellabeanthedog and @williecute has the prettiest hair ever, but @petitpennybg is my soulmate, and I’m gonna marry her someday.

Anything else to add?

I get extra pouty when I’m tired. That’s all.

Be sure to follow Sprout on Instagram @brussels.sprout and his website.

Thanks Sprout for taking the time to interview with us and good luck snagging your future wife! Do you have any questions for Sprout? Leave them in the comments below.

About The Author:

Sadie graduated from the Moody School of Communications at the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelors in Advertising and minor in Business. Her love of pets started from an early age with her childhood cocker spaniel, Peanut, and cats Lucy and Tabby. She is currently dog mom to Lexie, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

As a professional dog sitter for more than a decade, Sadie has cared for dozens of canines of various breeds, sizes and temperaments. The responsibility of caring for others' pets has helped her understand the importance of giving animals a loving home. She has experience potty and house training as well as teaching dogs tricks such as sit and shake. Sadie is passionate about canine well-being so she feeds her pup all-natural meals and no table scraps. Carrots and sweet potatoes are her picks for healthy treat alternatives.

Sadie and her husband live in Washington DC and enjoy walking Lexie to nearby dog parks or patios and taking her canine companion on trips. Having an adventurous, long-haired Blenheim means frequent baths and home grooming to maintain a clean coat. A small dog also requires more frequent dental care and Sadie is proactive with Lexie's oral hygiene.

She has been covering dog-related topics since 2012 and is proud to share her latest personal experience, resources and information with fellow pet parents.

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Amy Gutierrez
May 1, 2020 9:48 am

Sprout is absolutely adorable!! Thank you for bringing a smile to my heart!!

November 10, 2017 4:16 pm

Too cute (and funny) going to follow you now Sprout!