Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

"The Supreme Gundog"

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Also known as the Korthals, after the “father” of the breed, Edward Korthals, these dogs were developed in the Netherlands in the 1800s. Korthals sought a hardy, versatile hunter through a mix of other continental gundogs, and he was successful. The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon coat is protective in all weather and terrain. These dogs do not range widely, but tend to work close to the hunter. This makes them amiable company whether the goal is to bag a quail or to enjoy a leisurely stroll through a forest or park.


Although the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon might seem to consider directions thoroughly, he does want to please. He may have to be shown that human, rather than canine, decisions are best and more entertaining than his own choices. Some members of the breed can be aloof with strangers. Most Wirehaired Pointing Griffons are social enough to fit well into a household with other friendly dogs, but won't back down from a challenge. Cats may prove too great a temptation, as this dog can't resist a boisterous romp around the house.


The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon sports a wiry, tousled topcoat, usually chestnut and white, often with roaning. The dog is sturdy and solid, with good muscling, a true canine athlete. His tail is docked in the Americas and some other nations. The bristly eyebrows and whiskers give him a grandfatherly look.


Training must be made interesting enough to make up for distractions. They're willing, focused companions on the hunt or at other outdoor activities, such as playing ball or fetching a stick from a pond. They can be competitive in active events, such as agility, tracking or hunt tests.

Grooming & Care

The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is an easy-care pet, demanding only weekly brushing, with a bonus of minimal shedding. Frequent cleaning of crumb-catching whiskers makes canine kisses sweeter. Those who show their Griffon in conformation do some trimming or hand stripping around the head and feet. Owners and guests soon learn that Wirehaired Pointing Griffons with dripping-wet beards are drawn to dry them on clean navy blue pants. The breed's wiry coat will often transport part of the outdoors inside, to land on floors and furniture.

Health Concerns

Healthy dogs who boast a lifespan into the early teens, Wirehaired Pointing Griffons should be from OFA and CERF certified lines. Occasionally, entropion or ectropion occurs – don't buy a pup that will suffer from painful eyes.

Famous Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

Zolette was the first to be registered with the AKC.

Ideal Owner
Activity Level 4
Schedule 5
Home 9
Children 10
Experience 51
Quick Facts
Grooming 110
Exercise 60
Challenges Needs a job.
Height 20 to 24 inches
Weight 50 to 60 pounds
Life 10 to 12 years
Home Alone 83
With Kids 21
With Strangers 92
Availability 23

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