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Petit Brabançon
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Petit Brabançon

The Petit Brabançon It is the least known of the "Small Belgian Dogs".



The Petit Brabançon has common origins with the Griffon Bruxellois and the Griffon belge. All three breeds are descended from a small wire-haired dog, the Smousje, originally from Brussels.

In the 19th century, crosses with him Cavalier King Charles spaniel (Ruby) and the Pug they brought the black and short fur and fixed the type.

These alert little dogs were bred to guard carriages and keep rodents out of stables..

Photo: Petit Brabançon by Ger Dekker, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Physical characteristics

The Petit Brabançon is a small companion dog, Intelligent, balanced, alert, proud and robust, practically square in shape, with good bone, but also elegant in his gait and complexion, drawing attention with his almost human expression.


The Petit Brabançon has a short coat. The coat is rough, closed and bright, and does not exceed 2 cm..

The same colors as in the Griffon belge and Griffon Bruxellois (red, black, black and tan). Has a dark mask. The gray in the mask of older dogs will not be penalized.

Some white hair on the chest is tolerated in all three breeds, but it is not sought.


of 3,5 to 6 kg.

Character and skills

The Petit Brabançon he is a balanced puppy, alert, proud, very attached to his master and very vigilant. neither shy nor aggressive.

Characteristics "Petit Brabançon"

Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a dog of the breed "Petit Brabançon" you know certain factors. Not all breeds of dogs are apt to live in an apartment, you must take into account his character, their need for exercise, their interaction with other pets, their care and if you have small children, their level of tolerance towards them.

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Home ⓘ

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Intelligence ⓘ

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Images "Petit Brabançon"


1 – PePetit Brabançon: BEL, NED, GER, INT Champion «Gaystock Le Pas De Tout». Photo: Hans Bleeker by Hans Bleeker, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
2 – PETIT BRABANCON, Flor de Canelas Head Over Heals MyDOG, nordens största hundevenemang by Svenska Mässan from Sweden, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
3 – Petit Brabancon; Robbins Uranos – Gucci by Maria Michaelsson, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
4 – “Little Brabanzon” by Ger Dekker
5 – “Little Brabanzon” by Lusadi, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
6 – “Little Brabanzon” by Pleple2000, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Videos "Petit Brabançon"

Beatrice and Hugo Petit Brabancon 2
Sitting comfortably on the bedroom rug, a family of Petit Brabançon play together with great complicity.
Petit Brabançon:Flamby. 3 month

Petit Brabançon de 3 meses

Type and recognitions:

  • Group 9: Companion and Toy Dogs
  • Section 3.2: Petit Brabançon. Without working trial.


  • FCI – Group 9: Section 3.2 Petit Brabançon
  • AKCToy
  • ANKC – Group 1 – (Toy)
  • CKC – Group 5 – (Toy)
  • ​KC – Toy
  • NZKCToy
  • UKC – Group 8 – Companion dog

FCI breed standard "Petit Brabançon"


Date of publication of the valid original standard:


Small guard and companion dog

General appearance:

small pet dog ; Intelligent, balanced, alert, haughty, robust, nearly square bodied ; with a good bone constitution, but at the same time elegant in its movements and in its construction. It draws attention for its almost human expression.
The two Griffons have hard hair and differ in color., while the Petit Brabançon has short hair.

important proportions

The length of the body, from the tip of the shoulder to the tip of the buttock, should be as much as possible, equal to the height at the withers.

Behavior / temperament:

Balanced little dog, alert, haughty, well attached to his master, very vigilant. It is neither fearful, nor aggressive.


It is the most characteristic part of the body and the one that attracts the most attention.. The head is quite large compared to the body and has an almost human expression. At the Griffon the hair is hard, up and shaggy ; is longer over the eyes, over the nostril, cheeks and chin, thus forming the decoration of the head.

Cranial region:

Wide and round. The forehead is well bulging.

  • Depression links (Stop) : Well marked.

facial region:

  • Truffle : black. It is at the same level of the eyes. It's wide and the windows are wide open. The tip of the nose is raised back, which seen in profile places the chin, nose and forehead on the same margin.
  • Snout : The nasal canal, including truffle, it's very short ; will not exceed 1,5 cm long. In the Petit Brabançon a correct nasal passage appears longer, since there is no ornament. A nostril that is not upturned, as well as a truffle whose upper part is located below the lower eye line, give a bad impression and constitute serious misconduct.
  • Belfos : Upper and lower lips are in close contact and tight. The upper one does not form flews and does not cover the lower one. Too loose spoils the desired expression.
  • Jaws / Teeth : The lower jaw is well curved upwards, is wide, not pointed and extends beyond the upper jaw ; the breed has lower prognathism. The six incisors of each jaw are preferably planted evenly and in a straight line, those above and below are very parallel. The mouth should be tightly closed and not even the teeth should be visible, nor the tongue. The width and protrusion of the chin are very important. Care should be taken that incisors are not missing.
  • Eyes : They are well separated, they are big and round, never prominent. Brown in color, as dark as possible. They will be bordered with black and preferably should not show the white of the eyeball. A small or oval eye, or light color, constitutes a fault.
  • Ears : Small, they are high, far enough apart. The uncut ears are semi-erect and fall to the front. Very large ears are not desirable, as well as ears that hang over the side of the head. Cropped ears are pointed and erect. Cropped ears are both accepted, like the uncut ones.


Medium length ; blends harmoniously with the shoulders.


The length of the body is almost equal to the height at the withers. From the set it is a small square and stout dog.

  • Cross : Slightly prominent. Back : Straight, short and strong.
  • Pork loin : Short and muscular, very little raised.
  • Rump : Wide, flat, or at most very slightly inclined.
  • Breast : Large, reaches up to the elbows. The tip of the sternum is marked, which seen in profile, imparts a slightly prominent sill. The ribs are very elastic, but not barrel-shaped, not too flat.
  • Lower margin : The belly is slightly raised ; the flanks are well marked.


She is tall and the dog wears her high. The docked tail is trimmed 2/3 its length. The tail that has not been cut is presented raised, with the tip towards the back, although without touching it or being curled up. A naturally short or split tail, or curled up on the back, constitutes a serious offense.


Former members

Seen together they are parallel, with a good bone structure and sufficiently separated.

  • Shoulder : Angulation is normal.
  • Elbows : Well attached to the body.
  • Carpi : Strong.
  • Pies : Small, round, they do not deviate even inwards, nor out. Fingers are good together; fingers sticking together constitutes a fault. Plantar pads are thick and as dark as possible. Nails are preferably black, as pigmented as possible.
Later members

Seen as a whole they have a good bone structure and are well parallel. The angulations are in harmony with the forelimbs.

  • Babillas : Angled enough.
  • Hocks : well laid. Seen from the back, not closed, not open.
  • Pies : See previous members. Dewclaws are not a sought after characteristic.


Powerful, parallel movement of the limbs, with a good boost from the posteriors.



Hair quality : The Griffon Bruxellois and the Griffon Belge both have a hard coat and an undercoat. Hair is naturally hard, slightly wavy, not curly, but trimmed and arranged for display. It should be long enough to allow the structure to be appreciated. Too long hair spoils the silhouette and is not what you are looking for. Silky or woolly hair is a serious offense. The Petit Brabançon he has short hair. Hair is rough, smooth and shiny ; has at most 2 cm long.

  • Head ornament : At the griffon, the ornament (beard and mustache) It starts under the nose-eye line and runs from one ear to the other., covering well the muzzle and cheeks with a very abundant hair and longer than on the rest of the body. Above the eyes, the hair should be longer than on the rest of the skull and form the eyebrows.
  • Griffon Bruxellois : Red, reddish ; a little black is tolerated on the headdress.
  • Griffon Belge : Negro, black and tan. Tan markings must be pure and uniform in color. They are presented, in the previous members, from foot to carpus, and in the hindquarters from the foot to the hock. These colors go up the inside of the limbs. They are also seen in the anterior part of the chest, cheeks, chin, on top of the eyes, on the inside of the ears, below the tail and around the anus. Black can be mixed with red-brown, which is accepted although pure black and black and tan are preferred.
  • Petit Brabançon : The same colors as the two Griffons. Has a dark mask. The gray in the mask of older dogs will not be penalized.

In all three breeds some white hairs on the front of the chest are accepted, although this feature is not sought.

Size and weight:

Weight: It varies between 3,5 to 6 kg.


Any deviation from the aforementioned criteria is considered as a fault and the severity of this is considered to the degree of the deviation to the standard and its consequences on the health and well-being of the dog..

disqualifying fouls:
  • Aggressiveness or extreme shyness.
  • Any dog ​​showing clear signs of physical or behavioral abnormalities.
  • Nose depigmented or other than black.
  • Constantly visible tongue, being the mouth closed.
  • Twisting of the lower jaw.
  • Upper jaw that extends beyond the lower jaw.
  • Other colors other than those provided by the standard, such as gray, blue and fire, the brown and tan and the liver color (brown).
  • Any white stain.


Males should have two normal-appearing testicles fully descended into the scrotum..

Source: F.C.I - International Cynological Federation

Alternative names:

1. Petit Brabançon, Small Brabant Griffon (English).
2. Petit brabançon (French).
3. Petit brabançon (German).
4. (em francês: petit brabançon) (Portuguese).
5. Petit brabançon (español).

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