Breed Category: Gundog
Country of Origin: France
Average Size:  50-60 cm (at the withers)
Average Weight:  24-28 kg
Average Life Span:  11-13 years
Grooming Requirements: Medium
Exercise Requirements: High

History

The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is breed of dog that came into existence in the late 19th century due to breeding efforts by a Dutch man named Eduard Korthals. His goal in developing this breed was to create a reliable gundog that also had the temperament to be a faithful companion to its owner.

To develop the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, a number of breeds were used including retrievers, spaniels, pointers and waterdogs from various European countries such as Germany, England and France. Its versatile ancestors have allowed this breed to be skilled in hunting on land and in shallow water.

This breed is talented at hunting and retrieving animals such as rabbits and ducks. When not used as a working dog, the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is a dependable family dog.

Appearance

The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon has a naturally shaggy and rugged look, complete with a beard, moustache and full eyebrows. Its coat is medium in length and is coarse and wiry in texture, which suits it well for work in the water or in heavily wooded areas. The colouring of this breed is usually a combination of white and brown, though it has the potential to be a number of other shades, including orange, blue and tan. Stripping and brushing are necessary to keep this breed’s coat healthy, especially in show dogs. It is not prone to excessive shedding.

This breed has a large, light brown nose and its eyes are often a unique yellow or light brown colour. In some countries, the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon’s tail is docked, though it is naturally thick and long. Its ears are long and are set flat against its square-shaped head.

It measures an average of 50-60 cm in height and 24-28 kg in weight.

Temperament

This type of dog is very loyal to its family. Despite its weather-resistant coat, the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon should not spend the entire day outdoors. When it is not working, this breed enjoys spending time indoors with its family. Human companionship is an integral part of this dog’s happiness. It is good-natured and generally gets along well with children and other dogs. With the right training, it peacefully cohabitates with small animals such as cats.

The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is intelligent and full of energy. It requires significant exercise and reaches its full potential when it is physically and mentally stimulated. Like any other breed, it may exhibit behavioural problems if it does not receive proper care, attention and training.

Health

The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is a healthy and resilient breed with very few known health problems. Some may experience hip dysplasia, though this is not a condition that is specific to this type of dog.

This breed lives to be an average of 11-13 years of age.

Wire-haired Pointing Griffon Organisations in Australia
 No club information listed

Wire-haired Pointing Griffon Organisations in the UK
Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Rescue – Griffonpoint

Wire-haired Pointing Griffon Organisations in the US
American Kennel Club – Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Club of America

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