The Petit Brabançon is a small companion breed that was originally developed from ratters working in the stables of Belgian carriage men. The Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) recognize them as one of three different breeds of griffon from Belgium, the other two being Belgian Griffon and Brussels Griffon. The American Kennel Club and Kennel Club recognize all varieties as a single breed.
Breed variants should be treated as a breed. All three breeds can be paired with each other and can be born in the same litter. Griffon bruxellois, griffon belge and petit brabançon are only separated by color and coat: Griffon Bruxellois (Brussels Griffon)- Rough-haired / red; Griffon Belge (Belgian Griffon)
Shaggy / black or black and tan; Petit Brabancon short haired / red, black or black and tan
There are numerous breed standards. The basis of breed/conformation shows is the judging of pedigree dogs against the 'Breed Standard', which is a picture in words that describes the range of features that are deemed appropriate for the breed. Three of the major international standards are: