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..
From dorisday Sep 10 2015 2:02PM
Simple and effective
The eggs of these parasites are deposited in stool and contracted by ingestion. When a dog cleans its feet he may ingest some eggs. In addition some dogs eat feces and can become massively infected. It is ideal to big up feces as rapidly as possible before eggs settle into the soil. Many parasites can live for years in the soil and once contaminated there is not effective way to removed them. Hookworms in the soil can actually burrow into the skin (a condition called cutaneous larva migrans.) Roundworms ingested by children (in the US) cause millions of cases of blindness every year (a condition called occular larva migrans) When considering the consequences picking up feces is a very good habit to get into..
From Jennifer Peters DVM DABVP canine and feline 40 days ago
Choke collars are not the best tools to use for dogs who pull. How many times have you seen people walking their dogs on a choke collar and the dog pulling?! This is because to properly use a punishment device, which is what a choke collar is, you should only have to give 3 or 4 firm, appropriate corrections and then your dog should never repeat the behavior again. People do not have the stomach to give their dogs a stiff enough correction to work in 3 or 4 trials. Further, weaker handlers do not have the strength to give their (large) dogs a strong enough correction for them to understand. Hence, while the correction will work in the short term, all too soon, the dog is back to pulling again and that level of correction has become simply a nag. Then the correction will need to be stronger to get them to attend to it.
For a dog who outweighs or out-muscles its handler, the use of a head halter is a better choice, as it gives one greater control of the weakest part of the dog's body, their head. Just as we can use a halter to guide a horse, so can we use the same technique to guide a dog.
Laura Garber, CPDT-KA, CC, FFCP
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