Petit Brabançon

Small specimen with a particular look, really appreciated by the ladies of Marie-Henriette's Court, the Petit Brabançon has retained all his characteristics from the time of his hour of glory at the Court. He has kept his cheerful, lively and friendly character, which today still makes him appreciated by all types of owners, happy to have such a nice companion.

Height 23 to 24 cm
Weight 3 to 24 kg
Life expectancy 3 to 5 years
Home country Belgium

Quick Overview of the Petit Brabançon


  • Nice and easy to live with
  • Good character
  • Lively and cheerful
  • Funny


  • Compact but robust structure
  • Very elegant look
  • Tender gaze


  • Robust and very resistant
  • Rarely ill
  • No particular pathology
  • Long life expectancy

Temperament of the Petit Brabançon

Like his two counterparts, the Petit Brabançon is a nice dog, easy to live with and endowed with a good character. He is lively, cheerful, funny and always ready to entertain the crowds.

This cheerful little dog is pleasant and very easy to live with. When well educated, he is compatible with all, even children.

Curious and very active, he is endowed with a good character, but an extremely fiery temperament, which sometimes makes him incompatible with very young children.

He is sociable and cohabits very well with everyone. He has good guarding skills, being very awake and alert, he sounds the alarm at the slightest intrusion.

Breed Appearance

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This small dog, with his compact structure and sturdy, solid build, has a very elegant appearance.

His tender look offers an almost human impression, similar to his two cousins, the Belgian Griffin and Brussels Griffin. The Petit Brabançon has a very sympathetic appearance.


Between 23 and 24 cm (9.06 to 9.45 inches) for the male
Between 23 and 24 cm (9.06 to 9.45 inches) for the female


Between 23 and 24 kg (50.71 to 52.91 pounds) for the male
Between 3 and 5 kg (6.61 to 11.02 pounds) for the female


The color of his coat can vary between black, red, black and tan, and ginger.


His coat is short, rough, and flat, but still has a shiny appearance.


His small head is large and has a very pronounced stop. His brown eyes are large and round.

His small ears are carried erect if they are cropped, or semi-erect if left natural. His pretty little nose is all black. His tail can be shortened, or left natural.

According to the FCI breeds nomenclature, this breed belongs to group 9, section 3 and is #82

Price and monthly budget

Price you can expect to pay for a Petit Brabançon puppy: between 1000 € / $ 1 / £1 and 1300 € / $ 1 / £1
These prices are indicative and may vary from breeder to breeder

Tips About this breed

The Petit Brabançon must still be able to benefit from a good education, before he is left to his own devices.

Intelligent, and fond of all forms of learning, his education is generally very easy, as is his socialization, which must limit his natural shyness towards strangers.

Compatible with everyone, he can also live anywhere, as long as he exercises regularly in order to preserve his physical and mental energy that makes him so sympathetic.

His joie de vivre is overflowing and very communicative. He is a ray of sunshine for the entire family.

Health of the Petit Brabançon

Robust and very resistant for his small size, he is rarely sick. No pathology affects the breed, although some subjects may suffer from respiratory problems, but these cases are rare. His life expectancy is also very appreciable.


His pretty shiny coat requires regular brushing to keep it clean and healthy. However, no other special care is necessary.

History of this breed

The Petit Brabançon is one of the three breeds that are descended from "Smousie", a small wirehaired dog from the vicinity of Brussels in Belgium.

The Brussels Griffon, Belgian Griffon and Petit Brabançon only differ between each other by the color of their coat. The Belgian Griffon being all black or black and tan, the Brussels Griffon red or reddish, the Petit Brabançon combines all coat color possibilities of his fellow dogs.

He was, like the other two, registered with the L.O.S.H. (Livre des Origines Saint-Hubert) in 1883 and around 1900, Queen Marie-Henriette gave them a certain popularity by showing them a particular interest. Thanks to this royal interest, the breed experienced a great development in Europe, as elsewhere on the globe.

This pleasant and gentle little dog is exclusively a companion dog, although he is very effective in hunting rodents and as an alarm dog. He can also shine in various dog sports, including agility sports.

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