Species group: Toy Group dogs
Other name(s): Smooth Brussels Griffon; Brabancon; Small Brabant Griffon; Griffon Petit Brabacon
Nicknamed "monkey face," the Petit Brabancon started as a ratter in 17th century Brussels but soon attracted attention as a pet. Any dog that pursues city rats must be bold, and this spirited little toy can be a lot of fun for the right owner.
The Petit Brabancon is one of three types of Griffons from Belgium that are recognized as three separate but similar breeds by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI). Since Griffon means "wirehaired," this smooth-coated breed was eventually given the different name of Petit Brabancon.
Appearance / health:
The Petit Brabancon is a toy sized breed, but built sturdily. Physical attributes include: domed head with short nose, bright prominent eyes, undershot jaw, human-like expressions, thick body, usually the breed has cropped ears and a docked tail.
Given their good activity level indoors the breed doesn’t need a specific exercise schedule, however it does enjoy daily walks. Mental stimulation is important for this breed, as well, so games are a suggested avenue for both mental and physical exercise.
Petit Brabancons have an increased presence of several health anomalies including but not limited to: slipped stifle (similar to a knee joint); eye and respiratory problems; weak bladders, distichiasis (eyelash growth anomalies); hydrocephalus (more prominent in the smaller among the breed); an elongated palate; narrowed nostrils; and webbed feet. Due to the breed’s small size, sometimes a litter needs to be whelped via cesarean-section.
Behavior / temperament:
Petit Brabancon have an affable personality, and are quite charming, but have been known to be willful as well. They can be moody at times, and the breed thrives off of attention. Typically the Petit Brabancon will take to one person within its family unit, and want to be with that person at all times. They need human companionship and tend to be upset if left alone for large portions of the day.
Griffons are trained relatively easily, but it is important that training be consistent to see good results. They are stubborn, and don’t do well without a patient trainer. Some Griffons are difficult to housebreak, however they do make good watchdogs.
Petit Brabancon are known to be frequent barkers.
clown, amazingly friendly animal, smart dog, quick learning
amazing jumper, short hair
Petit brabancon Rosa
A lovely dog looking like a gremlin in the movie. Black face, brown body, short hair. An amazing jumper and runs graciously, still small and does not need very much excercise every day but can easily walk long ways if possible. She was the most amazingly friendly animal I ever met...to EVERYONE, other dogs, turtles, cats...but most interested she always was of the dog owners. She loved people and even if you cuddled with her like hours on the sofa, it still always was a too short time. Every time she looked like oh no, are you already stopping.
It was our first dog so we did not know so much about dog training and this dog truly has a big personality in a tiny body. We chose the breed because my uncles neighbour had one of these and it was so funny that the tiny dog was watching the house thinking she is big as a horse. The breed comes from Belgium where they have been used in watching horses, the dog was running around the horses so they could not move and run away and we saw the dog do the same to bigger dogs. They were originally also used to chasing rats in Belgium and I can believe it is true, chasing smart rats needs a smart dog and this truly is.
As much I loved her, the start was not easy since this is a very proud, hard-headed dog and I knew absolutely nothing about training dogs so in the beginning we were fighting alot. I told her to do something, she would not and if she did not like what I did, she went and peed somewhere as revenge. Lots of carpets I threw away because of the smell and was several times crying when the dog had gone and done her things in the middle of my bed. I must admit in the beginning I though I got the most stupid dog in the world. And then suddenly when she was a couple of years old, she became the best dog in the world....she was understanding everything, listening to my every thought. From running awway every time I opened the car door, she could walk free with me everywhere and she was like a dream. She became AMAZING. Her favourite hobby was to look at Lassie on tv and favourite food was any meat she could get. When she was 9 we got another dog, a pomeranian that she trained right away to a dream like herself. The other dog has never once tried to run away..
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From Angela Dwyer DVM 81 days ago
Committing to set your dog up for success
Helping your dog to avoid fearful stimuli is simple in theory but can be difficult in practice. How many times has a dog owner with a dog who has a fear of something thought, "just this once, she'll be fine" or "it's only for a minute, I don't have time to avoid this right now"?
Owners must understand that if a dog is fearful of something, that is a real emotion for the animal. The owner might understand that fireworks are harmless or that a small toddler is innocent but for a dog who is afraid, they are simply afraid.
When dogs feel fear, they have the same two options available to all animals: fight or flight. Many, many bites could be avoided if owners understood that the fear their animal feels for a certain stimuli is real and that the animal has one of two options available to them.
Unfortunately, many owners do not take their animals fear seriously until a bite occurs. A dog with wide eyes, who freezes in place, begins to lick their nose, yawns, or lowers their tail/posture are all signs of fear or emotional discomfort that can go unrecognized.
If a toddler or child approaches a dog who begins to lick their nose, avoid eye contact or freeze in place while slowly wagging their tail low they are not ok with being approached by the child. Some days they may be able to handle this if the dog has been mostly free of fear or stress. Somedays the dog may have had too many triggers. (Think of how you feel some days when you didn't get enough sleep, or a mishap occurred at work. When you get home, you may be more likely to snap at your family or have less patience.) The dog doesn't have the ability to remove themselves from the situation- the owner is responsible for that.
Thus, as owners we must respect what our dog is fearful of and do our best to seek out knowledgeable professional help in the way of a behavioral vet or trainer who works with one. Ideally, the dog can overcome the fearful stimuli but in cases where progress is only beginning or the fear is too entrenched it is best to avoid the situations which will cause the dog fear. Dogs always want to please people but it is important to know that they have their own emotions and limitations to how they can react in life.
It is our obligation to return the adoration of our dogs and protect them from fearful stimuli while also working to overcome frightening situations. .
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