Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

Type: Gun Dog

Height: Females: 20 - 22 inches; Males: 22 - 24 inches.

Weight: 40 - 60 lbs.

Life Span: 10 - 12 years.

Litter Size: Average is 8 puppies.

Country of Origin: France

Activity: Very High

Watch-dog: Very High

Guard-dog: Medium


Description: In Europe they are still known as the Korthals Griffon. They are medium sized dogs that have wiry brown, white and gray fur. With ears that drop down, the breed also has somewhat of a beard and mustache around their yellow to brown eyes and brown nose. The tail can be docked at half or one-third its length. The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is an excellent family dog who is trustworthy and has a tremendous willingness to please. Easy to train, they make a wonderful pet for a strong, confident owner. An active breed, they exhibit pointer-like behavior but have a terrier-like attitude. Wirehaired Pointing Griffons make pleasant companions and skillful, multipurpose hunting dogs. Wirehaired Pointing Griffons have a quick and intelligent mind and they are easily trained. They can get bored easily, however, which requires some mental stimulation on part of the owner. When they get bored, they also tend to get manipulative in what they want to do. This breed is rather docile an gets along with other pets very well. They are a fine breed of workability and versatility. Wirehaired Pointing Griffons are outgoing and make a meticulous hunting companion.

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Other Names: Korthals Griffon, Pointing Wirehaired Griffon, Griffon D'Arrêt a Poil Dur

Colors: Steel gray with chestnut markings, white and chestnut, or white. Sometimes they come in orange and white.

Coat: A wiry, rough, coarse, hard outer coat, and a downy undercoat.

Temperament: Wirehaired Pointed Griffons are independent and intelligent. They are amiable, willing to please, and quite devoted. The breed is sometimes quite comical as well. They can be reserved with strangers, but remain quite affectionate with family. Wirehaired Pointing Griffons are also very energetic. They can get bored easily, so mental and physical stimulation should be provided. But when they do get bored, they also get manipulative.

With Children: Medium - Low. Older, respectful children are okay.

With Pets: Yes, they are generally friendly towards other dogs and pets.

Care and Training: Minimal grooming and trimming of their coat is needed. The Wirehaired Pointed Griffon Requires plenty of exercise and would make a great jogging partner. The owner must have time for training as they are a high-energy dog that enjoys hunting or other outside activities.

Learning Rate: High. Obedience - High. Problem Solving - Medium. This breed is quite intelligent and obedient.

Special Needs: Firm training, a job or activity to do, and socialization.

Living Environment: The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon enjoys working in the field and water and is therefore much better suited to live in the country, but they will adapt to city living if they have a house with a fenced yard and obtain sufficient exercise. The Wirehaired Pointed Griffon is unsuited for apartment living due to their high activity. The best owner for this breed would be an active, dog-experienced owner living in a rural or suburban environment.

Health Issues: Skin allergies, thyroid problems, and hip dysplasia.

History: Although they were developed by Edward K. Korthals, a wealthy fancier and banker from Holland in 1874, they are listed as a French breed. Due to Korthals developing them, they are now often referred to as Korthals Griffons. Korthals wanted to create a breed that would be a gundog that could be used for any type of game, on different types of ground. Korthals started with a female who was a Griffon of Barbet origins and crossed her with 20 different breeds such as the Small Munsterlanders, Braque Francais, Otterhounds, other types of griffons, various setters and pointers. Developed to be a methodical, close worker in all types of terrain, they filled the need for a versatile hunter that could point and retrieve. He succeeded in producing a breed with a good nose and extreme endurance. In 1887 the breed obtained a breed standard, and was also the year they first came to the United States. The popularity of the breed continually rose until World War II, when everything was halted due to war. Today the breed is not as popular as before, but still serves as an excellent gun dog. Today they are a rare breed.

First Registered by the AKC: 1887

AKC Group: Sporting Group

Class: Gundog

Registries: AKC, CKC, FCI (Group 7), UKC