By the 1890’s Bruissels Griffons had become very popular in Belgium and to enhance some of the existing points they were crossed with a Pug. This gave them their big eyes and heads, their lovely deep chests and the cobby body.
In doing this, the smooth Griffon came along, but at first it was discarded at birth until the Belgian breeders realised what good quality dogs they were. They were then recognised as the Petits Brabançon (as opposed to the Griffons Bruxellois) although now, of course, they both come under the breed name
Later on, they were heavily crossed with the Ruby Toy Spaniel. This introduced the deep red colour, the domed head, the very flat noses, large ears and the ‘web-foot’.
Today the ears have become smaller and the ‘web-foot’ has almost gone, although very occasionally it still occurs!
Paco has them :)