In Australia, the Breed is known as the Griffon Bruxellois. Its Standard was adopted from that of The Kennel Club (UK). Its registering body is the Australian National Kennel Council and is exhibited in the Toy - Group 1.
GENERAL APPEARANCE - A cobby well balanced, square little dog, giving appearance of measuring the same from withers to tail root as from withers to ground.
CHARACTERISTICS - Smart little dog with disposition of a terrier. Two varieties rough coated, Griffon Bruxellois and smooth coated, Petit Brabancon. Both with pert, monkey-like expression, heavy for size.
TEMPERAMENT - Lively and alert.
HEAD AND SKULL - Head large in comparison to body, rounded but in no way domed, wide between the ears. Hair on skull, in Roughs rather coarse. Nose always black, as short as possible with large open nostrils, high set, sloping back to skull with deep stop between nose and skull. Wide muzzle, neat lips, with good turn-up. Chin prominent, in roughs furnished with beard.
EYES - Black rimmed, very dark, large, round, clear and alert.
EARS - Semi-erect, high set, the smaller the better.
MOUTH - Slightly undershot with even teeth, not showing teeth or tongue.
NECK - Medium length, slightly arched, springing from well laid back shoulders.
FOREQUARTERS - Chest rather wide and deep, legs straight of medium length and bone.
BODY - Short back, level from withers to tail root, neither roaching nor dipping; deep; well-sprung ribs; short, strong loin.
HINDQUARTERS - Well muscled thighs of good length, hocks low to ground, turning neither in nor out, stifles well bent.
FEET - Small, thick, cat-like with black toenails.
TAIL - Preferably docked short, carried high, emerging at right angles from level top-line.
GAIT/MOVEMENT - Free with good drive from rear. Moving true coming and going. High stepping front movement undesirable.
COAT - Roughs, harsh, wiry, free from curl, preferably with undercoat. Smooths, short and tight.
COLOUR - Clear red, black or black and rich tan without white markings. In clear red, a darker shade on mask and ears desirable. Ideally each hair should be an even red from tip to root. Frosting on muzzles of mature smooths should not be penalised.
Weight: from 3.2-5kgs (7-11 lbs)
Most desirable 3.6-4.5kgs (8-10lbs)
FAULTS - Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree.
NOTE - Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.