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Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

Quick facts

Wirehaired Pointing Griffon AKC Group: Sporting
Height: Male: 22 - 24 inches, Female: 20 - 22 inches
Weight: Male: 50 - 70 pounds, Female: 35 - 50 pounds
Colors: Steel gray with brown markings, white, brown, white and brown, chestnut brown, roan
AKC recognized in: 1887

In a different language, the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is known as the Griffon d'arrêt à poil dur Korthals in French and Canadian or the Korthals Griffon among the Europeans.

But to dog lovers everywhere, you're talking about a wonderful breed of Dutch hunting dogs. This Dutch ancestry is attributed to the nationality of its breed founder, Eduard Korthals.

Otherwise, the Griffon could be of German origin. It so happens that Korthals' kennel, Ipenwoud, used to be located in Biebesheim am Rhein, somewhere in Germany. It was there where Korthals perfected the development of the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon.

Elsewhere in the world, the Griffon still remains rare in Canada, the U.S., and the U.K. The first Griffon was registered in the AKC stud books in 1887, but it was only in 1916 when the breed was officially recognized in the U.S.

This gun dog is medium in size but strong in limb. It will lope off in an easy, catlike movement full of speed and agility. Built to be a hunter, it can cover miles in all kinds of terrain.

Noble in appearance, it has a square-shaped head, a long neck, strong legs, and slightly-webbed feet. As a land hunter and water dog, its harsh wiry coat comes in handy as a protective covering within thick undergrowth as well as around water.


Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Summary
Affection four paws
Cold Tolerance four paws
Ease of Training four paws
Energy level four paws
Exercise Requirements four paws
Friendliness : Children three paws
Friendliness: Other Animals three paws
Friendliness: Other Pets three paws
Grooming Requirements three paws
Heat Tolerance three paws
Playfulness four paws
Protection Ability three paws
Watchdog Ability three paws

Resilient and vigorous, the Griffon is reassuring and comfortable to have around. They don't show a very excitable temperament. They are much too people-oriented to be kept in a kennel or left outdoors.

For a companion dog, here's one which has been designed to be devoted to its master. It's basically friendly and eager to please. Korthals has made sure that this breed would have the ability to work closely with its master. It would be more open to training.

For instance, the Griffon can be trained to be a skilled tracker. When out hunting, it will stay within your gun range. Intelligent as it is, it will think independently. It will point and retrieve with such efficiency.

Health and Exercise

The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon has a life span of between 10 and 14 years.

While the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is generally a healthy dog, they are susceptable to certain health problems. These problems include:

  • Hip Dysplasia - Where the thigh bone does not fit snugly into the hip joint. This can lead to severe lameness or arthritis. A dog diagnosed with hip dysplasia should never be bred, as this is an inherited condition.
  • Hypothyroidism - a thyroid gland disorder causing it to produce an abnormally low level of hormones. This can lead to low energy levels and obesity. This can be treated with a daily medication.
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) - A set of ey diseases that causes a gradual deterioration of the retina, causing night blindness at first, and leading to full loss of sight as the disease progresses.

The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon needs a minimum of 20 minutes exercise a day. If this exercise involves leashed activities, plan on spending a bit more time each day, since she cannot work off near the energy on a leash as she can playing in a fenced in yard.

The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is considered to be an extremely light shedder. A weekly brushing is all that is needed to remove the dead hair, and bathing should only be done if absolutely necessary. But do pay attention to her ears, as they are susceptable to infection, especially following a swim.

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