A HISTORICAL RETROSPECTIVE ON THE BLACK SMOOTH
The Black Smooth Brussels Griffon
Dog News, 1988
The original Breed Standard was a direct copy of the Belgian Standard which did not include the Black Smooth. The Standard was written in 1883. Black was mentioned in this original Standard under the classification of “Belge.” What concerns some Brussels Griffon breeders today is that The American Kennel Club appears to have accepted a statement made by the President of the American Brussels Griffon Association in a 1955 article in the AKC Gazette that the reason the Black Smooth Brussels Griffon was not admitted into the Standard was because of the ease which a breeder could crop (what about the uncropped.;) and dock a “small black Pug” and call it a Black Smooth Brussels Griffon. Breeders wonder if the AKC decision was made on the strength of this statement regardless of the flood of protests they received at that time from breeders and exhibitors from all over the country.
In continuing to sight the Black Smooth as a disqualification on the assumption or the opinion of one person that there was a suspicion (completely unsupported by any evidence) that there may have been a cross with a Pug many years ago, does not add up to either good sense or interest in the Breed. It is permissible to register and breed a Black Smooth but that it cannot be exhibited does not seem to add up to any real logic.
Many breeds that have attained their present high level of perfection have depended on their improvement through introducing another breed into their pedigrees in the past. Evidence of this and its value has been supported in recent years by “The Dalmation Issue” with the aid of the Pointer. It would be absurd to ignore the great value of controlled and planned crossings of the past and their great contributions to many breeds. It is just as absurd to deny a long established Breed its right to be accepted in a particular colour on the strength of one or a few comments made that cannot be supported with any definite evidence.
(To be continued)