Breeders of Brussels Griffons
KRA KENNELS
Tickitbou Brussels Griffons

 

TICKITBOU BRUSSELS GRIFFONS

We have been involved with this enchanting little breed since Kodak (BPIS Ch. Manitoba's Picture Perfect) joined our family in December 1999.  The Griff is a robust little dog that can be both a clown and the guardian.  Originally bred to be a ratter in the stables, they are now a much adored family companion. 

 

 

 The Griff comes in two coat varieties, the rough, and the smooth.  "Kodak" pictured above is of the smooth variety, and Crackers (Am. Can. Ch. Tickitbou's Cracker Jack) is of the rough variety.  The smooth is a wash and wear, but the rough does require routine grooming to maintain this appearance.

 

Tickitbou has bred several Champions over the years, but our two most special boys are Am. Can. Ch. Tickitbou's Cracker Jack, and Ch. Tickitbou's Suspense (Spencer who is pictured), and our newest star, Ch. Ticitbou's Shaken Not Stirred aka

Shaker.

 

 

 

                                                                    

 

 Griffs also come in a variety of coat colours.  Red, Black, Black and Tan and Belge.  Kodak and Shaker are considered  Belge, Cracker is Red and Spencer is Black and Tan.

 

 

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STANDARD

The intelligent and cheerful Brussels Griffon has a terrier-like disposition and is known for his almost humanexpression. 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.

Head
A very important feature. An almost human expressionEyes 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.

Forequarters
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.

Hindquarters
Hind legs set true, thighs strong and well muscled, stifles bent, hocks well let down, turning neither in nor out.

Coat
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.

Color
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.

Gait
Movement is a straightforward, purposeful trot, showing moderate reach and drive, and maintaining a steady topline.

Temperament
Intelligent, alert and sensitive. Full of self-importance.

Scale of Points
 

Head
 
 
  Skull
5
 
  Nose and stop
10
 
  Eyes
5
 
  Bite, chin and jaw
10
 
  Ears
5
35
Coat
 
 
  Color
12
 
  Texture
13
25
Body and General Conformation
 
 
  Body (brisket and rib)
15
 
  Gait
10
 
  Legs and feet
5
 
  General appearance (neck,
  topline and tail carriage)
10
40
Total
 
100

Disqualifications
Dudley or butterfly nose.
Bite overshot.
Hanging tongue.
White spot or blaze anywhere on coat.

 

 

Puppies

 

                                                

 

 We never pre-sell our puppies.  Homes are carefully selected once the babies are here and personalities are developing.  If you are interested in obtaining one of our babies please contact us by email at tickitbou@theacefamily.com .  We appreciated a detailed email with information about your family and home and what you are hoping for in a Brussels Griffon puppy.  

 

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