A collection of information about wirehaired pointing griffons.
Wirehaired Pointing Griffons (also called the Korthals Griffon, and the Griffon d’arrêt à poil dur Korthals in France and Quebec) are a breed of dog used in hunting as a gundog. It is sometimes considered to be Dutch in ancestry, due to the nationality of the breed founder, Eduard Karel Korthals. History records the progression of the development of the breed through Biebeshein am Rhen Germany where the founder established the Ipenwoud kennel and the breed type was established and then into France where it is now recognized. Others consider the Griffon to be a German breed because Korthals’ kennel, Ipenwoud, was located in Biebesheim am Rhein, Germany. It was there for over twenty years that Korthals dedicated his life to the development and perfection of the Korthals Griffon.
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Medium sized and bred to cover all terrain encountered by the walking hunter, Wirehaired Pointing Griffons have been called the “4-wheel drive of hunting dogs” as he will enter briars or underbrush without hesitation. Griffs excel equally as pointers in the field and as retrievers in the water. Their coarse double coat protects them in rough cover and gives them an unkempt appearance. It can be a variety of colors, most often steel gray with brown markings.
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Wirehaired Pointing Griffons (WPG) are a strong hunting dog. The skull is slightly rounded on the top, but looks square in profile when it is viewed from the side with the muzzle. The head is in proportion to the body. There is a slight stop. The nose is brown with wide open nostrils and the teeth meet in a scissors bite. The large, round eyes range from yellow to brown in color. The medium-sized ears are set at eye level, hanging down and lying flat against the head. The neck is long, without dewlap. The body is slightly longer than it is tall and the back slopes slightly from the shoulders to the rump. The front legs are straight with round, webbed feet. Dewclaws are usually removed. The tail is customarily docked by 1/3 to 1/2 its original length and is a continuation of the topline, carried straight or raised. Note: docking tails is illegal in most parts of Europe. The medium-length, course, rough double coat has soft, thick, bushy eyebrows, beard and mustache. Coat colors come in steel gray with brown markings. The brown can be shades of chestnut brown or roan. It can also come in white, solid brown, white and brown or white and orange.
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The Griffon is a very people oriented dog known for its trainability and high degree of cooperation. Although the Griffon has a great love for the field and is an excellent swimmer, it is equally at home in the obedience and show ring. With its keen nose it is also a natural at tracking. The fun loving side of its personality enjoys agility training. The Griff’s outgoing personality makes it a wonderful family pet and great with children. Overall, the Griffon is one of the best-kept secrets in the Sporting Group and is the ultimate VERSATILE hunting companion.
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