Griffon Bruxellois Breed Standard
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A Breed Standard is the guideline which describes the ideal characteristics, temperament and appearance of a breed and ensures that the breed is fit for function. Absolute soundness is essential. Breeders and judges should at all times be careful to avoid obvious conditions or exaggerations which would be detrimental in any way to the health, welfare or soundness of this breed. From time to time certain conditions or exaggerations may be considered to have the potential to affect dogs in some breeds adversely, and judges and breeders are requested to refer to the Kennel Club website for details of any such current issues. If a feature or quality is desirable it should only be present in the right measure.To view photos of this breed please visit the Kennel Club Picture Library General Appearance
A cobby, well-balanced, square little dog, giving appearance of measuring the same from withers to tail root as from withers to ground.Characteristics
Smart little dog with disposition of a terrier. Two varieties, rough coated, Griffon Bruxellois and smooth coated, Petit Brabançon. Both with pert, monkey-like expression, heavy for size.Temperament
Lively and alert.Head and Skull
Head fairly large in comparison to body, rounded but in no way domed, moderately wide between the ears. Hair on skull, in roughs rather coarse. Nose black, with large wide-open nostrils and definite stop between muzzle and skull. Relatively short, wide muzzle, neat lips, with good turn-up. Chin prominent, in roughs furnished with beard.Eyes
Black-rimmed, very dark, round, clear and well spaced. Moderately large; size should be in proportion to size of skull. Alert expression.Ears
Semi-erect, high-set, the smaller the better.Mouth
Slightly undershot with even teeth, not showing teeth or tongue.Neck
Medium length, slightly arched, springing from well laid back shoulders.Forequarters
Chest rather wide and deep, legs straight of medium length and bone.Body
Short back, level from withers to tail root, neither roaching nor dipping; deep; well-sprung ribs; short, strong loin.Hindquarters
Well muscled thighs of good length, hocks low to ground, turning neither in nor out, stifles well bent.Feet
Small, thick, cat-like with black toenails.Tail
Previously customarily docked.
Docked: Docked short, high set, emerging at right angles from level topline.
Undocked: High set, emerging at right angles from level topline. Of moderate length, curved gently over back when moving.Gait/Movement
Free with good drive from rear. Moving true coming and going. High stepping front movement undesirable.Coat
Roughs: harsh, wiry, free from curl, preferably with undercoat.
Smooths: short and tight.Colour
Clear red, black or black and rich tan without white markings. In clear red, a darker shade on mask and ears desirable. Ideally each hair should be an even red from tip to root. Frosting on muzzles of mature smooths should not be penalised.Size
3.2-5 kgs (7-11 lbs); most desirable 3.6-4.5 kgs (8-10 lbs).]Faults
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.Note
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.Last Updated - October 2009Glossary of Canine TermsSome links to health information and resources that may be relevant to this breed:Veterinary screening schemes
- The Kennel Club operates these with the British Veterinary Association.DNA screening schemes
- detect disease-causing mutations in a number of breeds.Current Accredited Breeder Scheme health screening requirements and recommendations
- for Kennel Club Accredited Breeders show what is required and recommended for the sire and dam of any litter of this breed bred by a Kennel Club Accredited Breeder.Breed Watch
- a tool aimed at dog show judges and exhibitors to highlight and tackle any current concerns in a breedHealth Test results Finder Tool
- access results of any official KC health testing scheme for Kennel Club registered dogs2004 Purebred Dog Health Survey Results
- Individual summaries are available where the breed response rate was greater than 15%.Recommended Reading
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