Description: This breed is intelligent and eager to learn. Wirehaired Pointing Griffons are affectionate, sociable, friendly, vigilant, protective, brave, tough on themselves and have lots of stamina.
Friends of the family/owners/handlers will be welcomed. These dogs are said to be good at spotting people who are up to no good and will stop them immediately.
These dogs are superior gundogs and trackers, and excellent hunting companions. Wirehaired Pointing Griffons point and retrieve with a deliberate style, generally staying within the hunter's gun range. This style is especially good for hunters on foot. It combines independent action with the ability to be directed by the hunter. This breed is gifted with an exceptionally fine sense of smell and a great passion for the hunt, especially for quail and hare.
Other Names: Korthals Griffon, Pointing Wirehaired Griffon, Griffon D'Arrêt a Poil Dur
Height: 22 - 24 inches
Weight: 50 - 60 lbs.
Colors: Steel gray with chestnut markings; white and chestnut; white
Coat: Coarse and hard
Temperament: Independent, intelligent
With Children: Medium - Low, older respectful children are okay.
With Pets: Yes, generally friendly towards other dogs and pets.
Watch-dog: Very High
Care and Training: Minimal grooming and trimming of his coat. Requires plenty of exercise, would make a great jogging partner. The owner must have time for training as he is a high-energy dog who enjoys hunting or other outside activity.
Learning Rate: High, Obedience - High, Problem Solving - Medium
Activity: Very High
Living Environment: He enjoys working in the field and water therefore he is much better suited to live in the country, but he will adapt to city living if he has a house with a fenced yard and he obtains sufficient exercise. He is unsuited for apartment living due to his high activity.
Health Issues: Skin allergies, thyroid problems, hip dysplasia.
Life Span: 10 - 12 Years
Litter Size: Average 8
Country of Origin: France
History: Developed by Edward K. Korthals from Holland in the late nineteenth century, he is listed as a French breed. Korthal started with a female who was a Griffon of Barbet origins and crossed her with various Small Munsterlanders, Braque Francais and various setters and pointers. Developed to be a methodical close worker in all types of terrain he filled the need for a versatile hunter that could point and retrieve.
First Registered by the AKC: 1887
AKC Group: Sporting Group