The Official Standard for the Brussels Griffon
A toy dog, intelligent, alert, sturdy, with a thickset, short body, a smart carriage
and set-up, attracting attention by an almost human expression. There are two
distinct types of coat: rough or smooth. Except for coat, there is no difference
between the two.
Size, Proportion, Substance
Size - Weight usually 8 to 10 pounds, and should not exceed 12 pounds. Type and
quality are of greater importance than weight, and a smaller dog that is sturdy and
well proportioned should not be penalized. Proportion - Square, as measured from
point of shoulder to rearmost projection of upper thigh and from withers to
ground. Substance - Thickset, compact with good balance. Well boned.
A very important feature. An almost human expression. Eyes set well apart, very
large, black, prominent, and well open. The eyelashes long and black. Eyelids
edged with black. Ears small and set rather high on the head. May be shown
cropped or natural. If natural they are carried semi-erect. Skull large and round,
with a domed forehead. The stop deep. Nose very black, extremely short, its tip
being set back deeply between the eyes so as to form a lay-back. The nostrils large.
Disqualifications - Dudley or butterfly nose. Lips edged with black, not pendulous
but well brought together, giving a clean finish to the mouth. Jaws must be
undershot. The incisors of the lower jaw should protrude over the upper incisors.
The lower jaw is prominent, rather broad with an upward sweep. Neither teeth nor
tongue should show when the mouth is closed. A wry mouth is a serious fault.
Disqualifications - Bite overshot. Hanging tongue.
Neck, Topline, Body
Neck medium length, gracefully arched. Topline - Back level and short. Body - A
thickset, short body. Brisket should be broad and deep, ribs well sprung.
Short-coupled. Tail - set and held high, docked to about one-third.
Forelegs medium length, straight in bone, well muscled, set moderately wide
apart and straight from the point of the shoulders as viewed from the front.
Pasterns short and strong. Feet round, small, and compact, turned neither in nor
out. Toes well arched. Black pads and toenails preferred.
Hind legs set true, thighs strong and well muscled, stifles bent, hocks well let
down, turning neither in nor out.
The rough coat is wiry and dense, the harder and more wiry the better. On no
account should the dog look or feel woolly, and there should be no silky hair
anywhere. The coat should not be so long as to give a shaggy appearance, but
should be distinctly different all over from the smooth coat. The head should be
covered with wiry hair, slightly longer around the eyes, nose, cheeks, and chin,
thus forming a fringe. The rough coat is hand-stripped and should never appear
unkempt. Body coat of sufficient length to determine texture. The coat may be
tidied for neatness of appearance, but coats prepared with scissors and/or clippers
should be severely penalized. The smooth coat is straight, short, tight and glossy,
with no trace of wiry hair.
Either 1) Red: reddish brown with a little black at the whiskers and chin allowable;
2) Belge: black and reddish brown mixed, usually with black mask and whiskers;
3) Black and Tan: black with uniform reddish brown markings, appearing under
the chin, on the legs, above each eye, around the edges of the ears and around the
vent; or 4) Black: solid black. Any white hairs are a serious fault, except for "frost"
on the muzzle of a mature dog, which is natural. Disqualification - White spot or
blaze any where on coat.
Movement is a straightforward, purposeful trot, showing moderate reach and
drive, and maintaining a steady topline.
Intelligent, alert and sensitive. Full of self-importance.
Scale of Points
Nose and stop 10
Bite, chin and jaw 10
Body and General Conformation
Body (brisket and rib) 15
Legs and feet 5
General appearance (neck,
topline and tail carriage) 10
Dudley or butterfly nose.
White spot or blaze anywhere on coat.
Approved September 11, 1990
Effective October 30, 1990