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Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

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Breed Information
Popularity 2016: #662015: #662014: #76
Name Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
Other names Korthals Griffon, Griffon D'arrêt à Poil Dur, Korthals
Origin France Netherlands
Breed Group Sporting (AKC:1887)Gun Dogs (UKC)
Size Medium
Type Purebred
Life span 12-14 years
Temperament GentleLoyalProudTrainableVigilantIntelligent
Height 20-24 inches (50-60 cm)
Weight 50-60 pounds (23-27 kg)
Colors Brown & GrayChestnut & Gray
Litter Size 6-9 puppies
Puppy Price Average $600 - $800 USD
Breed Characteristics
Adaptability 3 stars
Apartment Friendly 2 starsThe 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.
Barking Tendencies 3 starsOccassional
Cat Friendly 3 stars
Child Friendly 4 starsGood with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them.
Dog Friendly 4 stars
Exercise Needs 4 starsWirehaired Pointing Griffons are super high-energy dogs. They need to be taken on daily, long, brisk walks or out for a run. They will make excellent jogging companions and love to swim. If these dogs are allowed to get bored, and are not walked or jogged daily, they can become destructive, high-strung and start to display a wide array of behavioral problems.
Grooming 3 starsModerate Maintenance: Grooming should be performed regularly to keep its fur in good shape. Occasional trimming or stripping needed.
Health Issues 2 starsHypoallergenic: Yes
Intelligence 4 starsRanking: #46. (See All Rankings)
Playfulness 4 stars
Shedding Level 1 starsMinimal 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.
Stranger Friendly 3 stars
Trainability 4 starsEasy Training: The intelligent and eager-to-please nature of this breed make training a relatively simple process.
Watchdog Ability 5 stars
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Puppy Names
Rank Male Female
01 Max Maggie
02 Buddy Layla
03 Harley Coco
04 Brody Ella
05 Oliver Lucy
06 Jackson Zoey
07 Rocco Belle
08 Sam Dixie
09 Oscar Abbie
10 Romeo Callie
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This strong breed can cope with any terrain. It should be slightly longer than tall, of medium substance. It functions as both a retriever and pointer, and its size and conformation reflects a compromise between the requirements of these jobs. Its gait is efficient and tireless, with low, catlike strides. The coat is of medium length, straight and wiry, with a fine, downy, thick undercoat. The combination provides protection in the swampy country in which it was developed, as well as insulation from cold and water. The abundant facial furnishings contribute to its friendly expression.

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. It is an equally adept family pet, absolutely devoted, willing to please, amiable and often comical. It is generally friendly toward strangers, other dogs and pets.

The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon was developed sometime around 1870 by a Dutch breeder named Eduard Korthals. An enthusiastic hunter, his goal was to breed a dog that would hunt in all kinds of terrain. 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. That 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 Griffon lines. This caused an uproar and the American Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Association was formed with the goal of preserving the purity of the original breed. The American Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Association is the AKC parent club for the WPG. The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon was recognized by the AKC in 1887.