Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

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Is the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon right for you?

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Other name(s): Griffon d'arrêt à poil dur Korthals; Korthals Griffon

The basics:
The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon was developed by a Dutch breeder in the late 1850s who mixed German griffons with French and German pointers, spaniels, barbets, and setters to create the ultimate hunting dog. This trainable, eager-to-please breed is a fine swimmer, allowing it to retrieve waterfowl. Like other retrievers, it demands a lot of outdoor exercise. It can be somewhat reserved or even shy if not properly socialized, which may be one reason it is less popular as a pet than well-known retrievers like the Golden and the Labrador.

If you're an intuitive and active dog owner in search of a rarity, the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon might be an interesting choice. You definitely won't see this dog on every street corner. Around 75-150 Wirehaired Pointing Griffon puppies are bred in the US each year.

Appearance / health:
The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is a medium-sized dog with bushy eyebrows, beard, and mustache. The head is large with a square muzzle, a brown nose, and large eyes that may be yellow or brown. The ears are medium in size and lie flat. The tail is docked to about 1/2 or 2/3 its length. The feet are rounded with webbed toes.

The Wirhaired Pointing Griffon is a light shedder. The wiry coat may pick up twigs, leaves and debris and may require ocassional brushing.

The wiry coat needs to be stripped to allow new hairs to grow. Bathing once a month is sufficient to clean the skin. Standard care is needed for eyes, ears, pads, and nails.

Griffons are hunting dogs and need lots of exercise. Taking them on longer romps away from roads for around half an hour is sufficient to fulfill their exercise requirement. They make good jogging companions.

Hip dysplasia (a hereditary disease that may eventually cause crippling lameness and arthritis of joints) is the most commonly found ailment in the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon. The breed is also vulnerable to kidney diseases and hot spots.

Behavior / temperament:
Versatile and intelligent, Wirehaired Pointing Griffons make excellent companion for hunters on foot. Wirehaireds are intelligent and easy to train as they have a strong desire to please the owner. A little effort from the trainer's end goes a long way in training this breed. They should be trained consistently and firmly without any harsh punishment.

Wirehaired Pointing Griffons are average barkers.


childlike, waggy tail


little clingy

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