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Brief History

The Griffon is an international breed of dog whose earliest origins are lost in the mist of antiquity.  Some scholars suggest that our beloved “Griffs” were used by the Romans as companions.  Fortunately, its most recent history is complete and well documented.

The Wirehaired Pointing Griffons – affectionately called “Griffs” – were developed by a Dutch sportsman and hunter, Edward Karl Korthals, who lived from 1851 to 1896.  The strain Korthal developed was a coarsely wirehaired dog of medium size with excellent hunting ability.  He systematically narrowed his breeding stock down to eight specimens that bred true and can be said to be responsible for the foundation of this international breed. Korthals mixed German Griffons, French and German Pointers, Spaniels, Barbets and a Setter.  He developed the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon in his breeding program in less than 20 years, writing a standard, and in 1916 formed the Griffon Club of America.  The dogs excel in small game hunting, such as hare and quail; they are eager hunters with fine noses.  The same year he showed sixteen Wirehaired Pointing Griffons at the Westminister Kennel Club Dog Show in New York.  In the 1980s a select few breeders decided to mix the Cesky Fousek into the Wirehaired Pointing Griffons.  This cause an uproar and the American Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Association was formed with the goal of preserving the purity of the original breed.  The American Wire-haired Pointing Griffon Assocation is the AKC parent club for the WPG.  The Wire-haired Pointing Griffon was recognized by the AKC in 1887. 

 

The hardworking Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, renowned as the “supreme gundog,” is known for the harsh, low-shedding, Hypoallergenic coat the breed is named for. Outgoing, eager, and quick-witted, Griffs are incomparable in the field and loving at home. Their easy trainability, devotion to family, and friendly temperament endear them to all.  

The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is not recommended for apartment life.Will not do well left in a kennel or backyard.It is moderately active indoors and will do best with at least a large yard. It prefers cool climates. Minimal Shedding: His coat sheds a little throughout the year. It’s water-repellent and dries quickly after a bath or other wetting. Brush it weekly to remove dirt. You’ll also need to pluck out dead hairs, called “stripping” or “rolling” the coat. It’s easy to learn to roll the coat, and it’s not painful for the dog.
This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them. 
The intelligent and eager-to-please nature of this breed make training a relatively simple process. Excels equally as a pointer in the field, or a retriever in the water.

Temperament

The ideal Griffon household is one where its owners are active and include their dog in their daily routines. This highly active breed requires daily rigorous exercise to keep it mentally and physically fit. A good 60-90 minutes of activity per day will keep your Griff from getting bored especially if you vary the activity. During the off-season, they enjoy activities such as swimming, hiking, running off leash in a safe area, long walks and playing with other dogs in a fenced area to name a few. Their easy trainability, devotion to family, and friendly temperament endear them to all. They thrive on human companionship and prefers to be house dog.

Griffs are people dogs that thrive on human companionship.  They have an intense need to be near their owners.  Because of this trait, your Griff will be happiest when kept in the house as a member of the family.  Griffs do best with an active family.  Dogs kept in kennels or fenced yards need significant amount of people time each day in order to remain emotionally healthy.  Isolation from humans can quickly ruin a Griff’s personality.  Griffs that have been properly socialized make ideal family dogs.  They are gentle guardians of small children and enthusiastic playmates of older children and adults. Griffs can be reserved with strangers and can be quite protective of their family and property.  Taking your dog to training classes and introducing him/her to a wide variety of people and places will help him/her develop appropriate social behaviors.  The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is a skilled field dog, pointing and retrieving with a deliberate style, generally staying within the hunter's gun range.  It combines independent action with the ability to be directed by the hunter.

  • Personality: Outgoing, eager, quick-minded; trustworthy in the field and around the house
  • Energy Level: Very Active; Versatile and tireless, these durable athletes are excellent swimmers and jogger’s companions
  • Good with Children: Yes
  • Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Occasional
  • Trainability: Responds Well
  • Life Expectancy: 12-15 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
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  • 22-24 inches (male), 50-70 pounds (male),

  • 20-22 inches (female) 35-50 pounds (female)

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