Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
(aka: Korthals Griffon, Pointing Wirehaired Griffon, Griffon d'Arrêt à Poil Dur)
Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Description
The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is medium to large in size, and has a sturdy, athletic build. He sports a wise expression, added to by his facial furnishings. The coat of the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is hard and coarse, and the coloring can be chestnut or chestnut roan. These dogs weigh in at around 45-60 pounds, and the height of the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is between 20-24 inches.
Trustworthy, eager to please, and dependable, the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is an excellent choice for a loving family pet. These dogs are well suited to both experienced and inexperienced dog owners. The high intelligence and learning rate of the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon makes training less of a challenge, although housebreaking can prove difficult with some. These dogs thrive on companionship, mental and physical stimulation, and the affection of their owners. Lack of exercise and too much time along can lead to destructive behavior as well as excessive barking. If you are a house proud person you may want to think twice before opting for this breed, as they can be quite messy and sloppy around the house.
The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon can be stubborn and independent, but is also sensitive. Training must be consistent, firm yet positive. Early socialization is required to promote a stable and confident temperament, as some Wirehaired Pointing Griffons can become timid. These dogs fare best with children that are older and respectful. They are naturally cautious around strangers. A well socialized Wirehaired Pointing Griffon will get along with other animals, although some may think that cats are just begging to be chased. The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon will bark to raise an alarm if something appears to be amiss, making him an effective watchdog. A confident, patient, and active owner will find that the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon makes for a wonderful companion and devoted pet.
The grooming requirements for the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon are moderate. You will need to brush his coat a couple of times a week, and you should clean the facial hair, which can get messy. Trim the hair around his bottom for hygiene reasons, and ensure that the ears are dry and clean to reduce the chances of infection. You may want to get the coat trimmed or clipped every few months, and for show dogs stripping of the dead coat will be required. These dogs are not heavy shedder when properly groomed, and may be suitable for those with mild allergies.
The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is a rare breed in the United States with as little as 75 puppies every year. But the dog's origin traces back to a famous Dutch breeder by the name of E. K. Korthals. He created the dog during the 1870's when crossing a German Griffon with a French Pointer. Spaniels and a Setter were also used as a means to finding a breed which would be perfect for hunting, with a keen sense of smell.
The Griffon Club of America was born in 1916, although the dog has never truly taken off as a popular mainstream breed on this side of the Atlantic. Controversy reigned when breeders attempted to merge the Cesky Fousek in to the Griffon family during the 80s, resulting in the founding of what is now known as the American Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Association - a group specifically designed to preserve the original Wirehaired type.
Hunting was the original purpose behind the breed's conception. That is exactly what the Wirehaired Pointing Griffin now offers, although it remains most common in Europe where it was originally conceived. It is considered a French breed. The dog is still referred to as a Korthals Griffon in Europe. The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon alias applies only to North America.
The Griffon is widely considered to be one of the smartest hunting dogs around, possessing a desire to learn and a willingness to obey. It is well behaved and can be taught the basics at an early age, but the trainer must have a great deal of time. Marked with great intelligence, the dog has a quick mind and thinks fast.
For all of the dog's obedience, it can become somewhat impatient if denied its love of the outdoors and regular exercise. Therefore it is important to meet the dog's needs before expecting it to meet your own.
As a problem solver, the Griffon is more than capable although not in its element. But placed in a hunting environment, very few dogs can match the Griffon's ability to follow its master's orders while retaining a healthy independence. It can also be trained in to a running partner, or even a swimming companion in the local lake!
In the home, the breed makes for an excellent guard dog with a high regard for the protection of the family. It is fiercely loyal and will stay true to its owner.
It is eager to please and will work hard to gain your affection. This can be a hindrance if you need to correct them as they are slightly sensitive, especially when placed in an environment which isn't their own.
These dogs are relatively healthy and hardy creatures, with just a few health issues to look out for. This includes ectropion, entropion, and HD. The parents of the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon puppy should have OFA and CERF certificates.