Although known as the Brussels Griffon in Canada and the United States, in other countries, it is known as the Griffon Bruxellois, Griffon Belge, and Petit Brabançon which are classifications according to coat and colour varieties. The breed is called the "Brussels Griffon" or a "Griffon" or "Griff" but NOT a "Brussels."
The Griffon Bruxellois denotes a clear red rough; the Griffon Belge is a rough coat with any colour other than clear red; and lastly the Petit Brabançon connotes a smooth coated Griffon of any colour. The recognized colours according the breed standard are many shades of red, red with black mixed - either throughout the coat or with mantling - solid black and black and tan.
Whether seen as a competitor in conformation, obedience, agility; as service provider in the role of pet therapist or in its time-honoured capacity as a devoted and humorous companion, the breed excels in all areas with a bit of patience and a great dose of humility on the part of the human in the partnership. This is not a breed for those who do not enjoy a constant companion.
Keep in mind that the Griffon is a rare breed. Expect to wait for a well-raised pup - professionally bred - by a hobby breeder. But don't rule out the older Griff or perhaps your heart will be melted by the need of a much treasured rescue. Since the movie "As Good As It Gets" the number of Griffons in rescue, shelters, bred by backyard breeders and puppy mills has escalated dramatically.
Whether Brussels Griffon, Griffon Bruxellois, Griffon Belge or Petit Brabançon and in any colour variety, this is a breed that is well worth the wait by providing years of love, enjoyment and pleasure to all. It is not called the Connoisseur's Breed without good reason.