About This Breed
The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is a versatile, capable hunting dog, pointer and gundog that is bred to work in any terrain.
The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is medium size, with a noble, square-shaped head. Its body is slightly long and not very tall.
The preferred color of this dog breed is gray with brown markings covering its body.
The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon features a medium-length, wiry and straight coat. Its undercoat is thick, downy, and fine. This offers it protection in marshy places and even protects it from the cold.
Personality and Temperament
This dog breed is a versatile animal that is affable as both a pet and hunting dog. As a family pet, it is extremely loyal, friendly, always willing to please, funny, and amiable. It also behaves well with other pets, dogs, and even strangers. While hunting, the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon always remains within the gun range of the hunter and follows instructions.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
This dog breed loves all kinds of exercise like running in the field, playing games, and jogging. It loves swimming the most. A daily exercise routine is necessary for the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon.
IDEAL LIVING CONDITIONS
This dog breed fares the best in a loving home with an active family.
To avoid ear problems, a Wirehaired Pointing Griffon’s ears should be kept clean and the hair from the canal region should be plucked regularly. Regular weekly brushing and removing dead hair at least twice a year is essential to this dog breed’s grooming routine.
The following conditions are commonly seen in Wirehaired Pointing Griffons:
Entropion—a genetic condition in which a portion of the eyelid is inverted or folded inward
History and Background
Although the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon has Dutch roots, most people think it is actually a French breed.
Mr. Edward Korthals of Holland is often attributed to refining the modern form of Wirehaired Pointing Griffon. Hence, around the globe many also refer to the breed as the Korthals Griffon. However, the development of this breed can be traced back to the mid-1800s. (The first successful breed was the Cherville Griffon, created by crossing the pointer with the setter.)
Korthals began his experimentation in 1874 by crossing 20 dogs belonging to a variety of breeds, including German and French pointers, griffons, spaniels, setters, and water spaniels. According to legend, Korthals carried his new breed around with him while traveling throughout France, thereby popularizing it. He took it to all kinds of places like business meetings, bench shows, and fields. In this manner, the Pointing Griffon became immensely popular in France, and the French willingly adopted it. People loved the dog’s nose and its trait of being a very cautious hunter.
In 1887, the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon was considered a standard and stable breed. The following year, in England, show classes for the dog were arranged. It was common for people to assume any properly-furred dog to be Siberian. Thus, many dog-lovers called it the Russian Retriever or Setter. (It is interesting to note that in 1887 in America, the first Wirehaired Pointing Griffon was formally registered as a Russian Setter.)
It was inevitable that this lovable breed should become popular. However, its popularity diminished during World War II. Fortunately for pet owners and hunters, the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon regained its demand immediately following the war.