Showsight Presents The Brussels Griffon

The earliest mention of these dogs is in Societe records dating to 1886 and state clearly that these “Belge” dogs are darkly grizzled with markings or black. Petit Brabancon translates literally to Little Brabant. Brabant was a region of central Belgium where the smooths were favored, especially among pros- titutes and street performers who acquired them from breeders, dispos- ing of them as “throwbacks” to the Pug. lar from hock to ground. Feet are as in front. Except that they must point straight ahead.

Though we may find their actions strange, we need to keep in mind that many of these types of thoughts are car- ried forth among today’s breeders. After over 30 years of working very closely with Griffons, I have come to associate the breed more closely with their King Charles Spaniel relatives than either of the two other contributing breeds. Many of the features that breeders seek, and that is stated in all standards worldwide, are attributes that were contributed by the early breedings with Toy Spaniels. The facial arrangement, upsweep of under jaw, finish of face, bombe’ or crest of the cranial ridges, density and quality of bone and cobbi- ness of body are all features that were contributed by these King Charles or Toy Spaniel crosses.

OfficialStandard for the ETIT BA SSET GRIFFON VENDÉEN CONTINUED

Color: White with any combination of lemon, orange, black, sable, tricolor or grizzle markings, providing easy visibility in the field.

Petit Brabancon, c. 1907 Coat: The coat is rough, long without exaggeration and harsh to the touch, with a thick shorter undercoat. It is never silky or woolly. The eyes are surmounted by long eyebrows, standing forward but not obscuring the eyes. The ears are covered by long hair. The lips are covered by long hair forming a eard and moustache. he tail is well furnished with hair. The overall appearance is casual and tousled.

Griffon Bruxellois, c. 1898 Gait: The movement should be free at all speeds. Front action is straight and reach- ing well forward. Going away, the hind legs are parallel and have great drive. Convergence of the front and rear legs towards his center of gravity is proportion- al to the speed of his movement. Gives the appearance of an active hound, capable of a full day's hunting.

“THOUGH WE MAY FIND THEIR ACTIONS STRANGE, WE NEED TO KEEP IN MIND THAT MANY OF THESE TYPES OF THOUGHTS ARE CARRIED FORTH AMONG TODAY’S BREEDERS.” The rough, unrefined outline and tousled appearance of this rustic hunting hound is essential. Any sculpting, clip- ping, scissoring or shaping of the coat is contrary to PBGV breed type. The PBGV coat should be clean, neatened as necessary, but always remain casually disarrayed. Any deviation from the ideal described here and in the General Appearance Section of the official standard should be penalized to the extent of the deviation. Temperament: Confident, happy, extroverted, indepen- dent yet willing to please, never timid nor aggressive. Disqualification: Height over 1 5 inches is a disqualifica- tion. Height under 1 3 inches is a disqualification at one year of age or older. Approved April 22, 2014 Effective July 1, 2014

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