Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

Other names/Nicknames:
  • Korthals Griffon
Country/Date of origin:
  • France
  • 1800′s
  • Females:  20 to 22 inches
  • Males:  22 to 24 inches
  • 50 to 60 pounds
  • Affectionate with family and willing to please.
  • High-strung, which can lead to timidness.
  • Wary of strangers.
  • Intelligent and trainable.

This breed owes its existence to a Dutchman named Edward Korthals, who started in 1870 with a Barbet dog and mixed her bloodlines with various setters, spaniels, and pointers to create a new, sporting dog.  A family feud forced him to leave Holland and continue his breeding experiments in Germany and France.  The breed type was fixed by the beginning of the 20th century, and the dog exhibited the skills of both a pointer and a retriever.  Its harsh coat and swimming abilities enabled it to be utilized for both water and field work.

Body Type:
  • A rough-coated, gun dog with legs that are short compared with length of the body.
  • Medium-length, hanging ears are not altered.
  • Tail is docked to a third of its original length and held level with top line of the back
  • A harsh, stiff outercoat with eyebrows, mustache, and beard.  Undercoat is soft and fine.
  • Permissible colors are solid chestnut, steel-gray, gray-white, or dirty-white with or without chestnut splashes.
  • The solid chestnut is not desirable and solid black is a disqualification.
  • Moderate grooming required.  The dog is supposed to have a shaggy, unkempt look.
Health and Wellness:
  • Very healthy breed.
  • Hip dysplasia.
  • Thyroid problems may lead to skin allergies.
  • Follicular dysplasia.
What you should know:
  • Not a suitable dog for the city.
  • It will become high-strung and hyperactive if not given enough exercise.
  • A good swimmer.
  • Puppies are born white or white with liver spots.
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