This is a young breed created by a Dutchman who lived in France. His name was E.K. Korthals. It is not entirely certain what were the breeds used in creating this dog, but there are people that believe that Korthals crossed an Otterhound with various Spaniels and Setters. A Pointer might have also been used in the mix. The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon was created with the intention of it being the ideal gundog – which it is. The breed was first presented at an exhibition that dates back to 1887 when it was registered in the United States. Many people were won over by the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon’s ability to point and retrieve.
It is a versatile breed that will always stay by the owner’s side, doing what it knows best: it will point and retrieve. At the same time, this breed is a loving family companion, devoted to its owners. From the puppy stage and going towards old age, this breed will express a ‘sense of humor’ that will come to the amusement of everyone and will always be lively around people. Usually, they are friendly to everyone and accept just about anyone that comes in their lives, although some Pointing Griffons have been noticed to be nervous around people.
- Activity level: 4/5 (spends most of its time running around)
- Intelligence level: 4/5 (intelligent and active)
- Curiosity: 4/5 (generally curious and playful)
- Friendliness: 4/5 (dignified with strangers and loving with family)
- Vocal: 3/5 (will alert bark and will bark when left alone for too long)
The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is strong, but at the same time, it has a graceful demeanor. His movements are catlike and agile.
- Fur: As its name suggests, it has as rough fur that is not wooly. The fur is thick and fine on its belly. This breed was created to excel on swampy terrain, and this combination of fine and thick hair gives it protection against the environment. This breed can be various colors from steel gray with chestnut markings to white.
- Eyes: They have bright, yellowish-brown eyes that appear from beneath bushy looking eyebrows.
- Body Structure: They are medium in size, and it is a breed that is longer than it is tall.
- Facial Features: They have a square shaped face that is furry with bushy brows and whiskery beard, but gives off a very friendly expression despite the messy appearance its coat gives.
- Weight: The average Wirehaired Pointing Griffon weighs around 50 to 60 pounds.
The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is a highly active breed, and thus it requires daily exercise in order to maintain its health. Swimming, jogging or fast paced games are the best choices to keep this lively breed busy. They are generally a very healthy breed, but even though they are “ultimate”, they are not invincible. They also may be prone to certain health conditions. Examples of such health conditions would be Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) which gradually deteriorates the retina or Hip Dysplasia where the thighbone doesn’t fit properly into the hip joint.
We have gathered this information from our breeders based on their experience with this breed. However, remember that each animal is different with its own personality and needs (just like people!), so use this information wisely.
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