Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Dog Breed Description

  • Wirehaired Pointing GriffonThe Wirehaired Pointing Griffon dog breed is known for its distinctive appearance and graceful hunting skills.
  • Dogs have a rough coat; the outer coat is wiry and thick, while the undercoat is downy. The coat is usually silver, gray, or chestnut with roam or chestnut markings.
  • The Pointing Griffon has large brown or yellow expressive eyes, a large head, bushy eyebrows, mustache, and beard, a long neck, flat pendant ears, and muscular limbs.

Temperament

  • Wirehaired Pointing Griffons are loving, intelligent, energetic, and skilled in the field as a tracker, gundog, and hunting companion.
  • Dogs are eager to please and highly trainable. Most are friendly and devoted, but may become nervous with strangers or high-strung if not properly socialized and stimulated.
  • Excellent family pets, this breed is gentle with children and loyal to its owners.
  • Griffons are skilled watchdogs.

Height and Weight

  • Adult dogs tend to be 20-24 inches tall and weigh around 50-60 pounds.

Living Conditions and Exercise

  • The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon dog breed is not well-suited for apartment living, and do best with large yards.
  • Dogs need extensive exercise to stay happy. Dogs should be taken for long walks, jogs, and runs, and they love to swim and play.
  • Exercise is absolutely essential for this breed. Dogs without proper exercise may become destructive and display problematic behaviors.

Life Expectancy

  • Well-cared for dogs can be expected to live 10-12 years.

Grooming

  • Dogs look best if professionally groomed twice a year. The coat should be stripped and trimmed. Dogs need to be combed or brushed twice a week, and ears should be cleaned to avoid problems.
  • They are very light shedders.

History

  • The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon dog breed was developed from 1870 to 1873 by E. K. Korthals, a Dutch Breeder who mixed German Griffons, spaniels, setters, Barbets, and French and German Pointers.
  • The breed was designed to have a fine sense of smell and to be an enthusiastic, loyal hunting dog.
  • Pointing Griffons are rare in the United States; fewer than 150 puppies are born in the country each year.

Group and Recognition

  • Grouping: AKC Sporting Group, Gun Dog
  • Recognition: CKC, ACR, NKC, APRI, FCI, AKC, AWPGA
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