Place of origin: Belgium
Colours: Red, black and black and tan
Type of home: Happy in an apartment or flat, in the town or country.
Owner: Novice, good for elderly, anyone who can commit to a close relationship as this breed can be clingy. Not recommended for keen gardeners.
Good with children: Average – not for households with very young children.
Attitude to other pets: Providing socialised in puppyhood can get along with other cats and dogs. But will see rabbits and hamsters as prey.
Grooming needs: Two types of coat, smoothcoats need weekly brushing; roughcoats need vigorous brushing every other day. Care to be taken to ensure the wrinkle above the nose is kept clean and dry.
Exercise needs: Little or lots – but care needed as they can overheat in hot weather. This breed enjoys mental exercise and stimulation with lots of playtime and training sessions.
Quietness: Poor – can become a confirmed barker.
Ease of training: Average – a challenging breed, good for agility or obedience providing the right attitude is undertaken to keep their interest. Can become bored quite easily.
Good points: Bags of personality, outgoing, lively, entertaining, sensitive, affectionate and playful.
Points to be aware of: Not easy to house-train, can become confirmed barkers if left alone. Love to dig.
Possible medical problems: Vulnerable to heat due to short nose. Can suffer cataracts, dislocation of the knee, heart murmurs and hip malformation.
Life span: 12-15 years
Male height: 18-20cm
Female height: 18-20cm