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Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

“A Dutchman by the name of Korthals, who resided in Germany, set out to create a sporting dog that could rival the performance of English gun dogs. However, he wanted one that would be better adapted to working in extreme cold, on marshy ground and in thick undergrowth. He began with Griffon stock and crossed the progeny with other sporting breeds, which may have included setters, spaniels, the French Pointer, the French Barbet and the German Short-haired Pointer. By 1870, his rough-coated, keen-nosed creation had been perfected and was initially christened the Korthals Griffon.

General Appearance

The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is a dog of medium size. Longer than tall. He is strong limbed. Hardy, everything about him indicates strength and vigor. The bushy eyebrows and the prominent moustache and beard give the Griffon his characteristic expression conveying confidence and assurance.


The breed is regarded as being very trainable and affectionate. Because of his nature, he can double as a companion and pet for the weekend hunter.

Activity Level

A versatile gun dog, he enjoys a fair amount of outdoor exercise and welcomes the opportunity for long jaunts in the woods.


Males measure 21.5-23.5 in (55-60 cm) at the shoulder. Females average about 2 in (5 cm) less.


Height: 55 -60cm (21 ½ – 23 ½ inches) for males, and 50 -55 cm (19 ½- 21 ½ inches) for females. Plus 2 cm (3/4 inch) and less 1 cm (3/8 inch)is acceptable in males and females but not preferred.


hard and coarse reminiscent of the feel of a wild boar’s bristles.Never curly nor woolly. Under the harsh top coat is a downy, dense undercoat.


Preferably steel grey shade with brown (liver) markings usually liver brown or liver roan. Never black as any black colour in the coat is a disqualification.


“Rough as boar bristles” is the way the harsh, dry, stiff, protective outer coat has been described. There’s a downy undercoat.


Some raking is needed to remove dead hair, especially during the time of seasonal shedding.”

(Source-Canadian Kennel Club)