Origin, classification and history
F.C.I classification: Group 9 - companion dogs.
The Brussels Griffon (Griffon Bruxellois - Brusels Griffontje) has the same origins as the "Belgian Griffoncino". Both descend from a Griffon of the "Barbet" type, in the past rather widespread both in Holland and in Belgium and northern France. This dog was used to catch rats in stables and stables where animals were kept. From the cross between this "Griffone" and the "Carlino", both the Griffoncini and the "Bramantino" have been created. There have been many disagreements in indicating Belgium as the home country of these Griffonis, as there have been claims from other countries, including Great Britain. The British are convinced that this breed derives from the crossing of the "Yorkshire terrier" with the "Pug". The Germans, on the other hand, even claim that it comes from the "Affenpinscher", of which it has similar characteristics. Although it once enjoyed notoriety, it is not very widespread today. Present, but in limited numbers in France, Italy, Holland and also in the U.S.A.
Small lady dog, intelligent, lively, robust, compact in structure with elegant bearing and construction, captivating for its almost human expression. Bearded and with mustache, covered with hard hair. It is small and powerful. He has a round head with a very short nasal bridge and very large and lively eyes, which give him a proud and bold expression.
And a canine always in attention. It is a breed with exceptional temperament. It has a strong spirit of independence. He is morbidly attached to his master, to whom he requires constant attention. Despite his small size, he is a reliable guardian of the property and proves to be very brave. With strangers he is loyal and determined. Very suitable for living at home with the family or in an apartment. Perfect companion dog.
Brussels griffon (photo www.canis.no)
Brussels griffon (photo www.chiens-des-champs.com)
Height: from 18 to 20 cm at the withers.
Weight: from 2.5 to 5 kg.
Trunk: chest wide and deep enough.
Head and muzzle: broad and rounded, with a rounded forehead, it must be well garnished with hard and matted hair, slightly elongated around the eyes, the nose, the cheeks and the chin. Prominent and broad chin, which goes beyond the upper jaw. Lips edged in black.
Truffle: always decidedly black, broad, with well-pronounced slit; short nasal bridge.
Teeth: the incisors of the lower jaw go beyond those of the upper jaw.
Neck: of right dimensions in relation to the skull and the head.
Ears: well erect.
Eyes: very large, round, black, with long black eyelashes, black-rimmed eyelids, well spaced and protruding.
Limbs: straight, medium length. Short, round and compact feet; black plantar pads; black nails.
Pace: regular and rhythmic.
Musculature: good development.
Tail: raised, sometimes cut to 2/3.
Skin: well adherent to the body in every point.
Hair: hard, matted, semi-long and thick.
Allowed colors: reddish; a little black is tolerated on the mustache and on the chin.
Most common defects: brown or light truffle, patches of white fur, colors not allowed by the standard, non-standard sizes, hanging tongue, clear nails, dislocation, patellar dislocation, claudicant subjects, incorrect gait, incorrect angles, monorchidism, cryptorchidism.
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