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Wirehaired Pointing Griffon - Breed Profile:

Origin: Nitherlands / Germany
Colors: Steel grey or white with brown markings; solid chestnut or roan
Size: Large
Type of Owner: Novice
Exercise: Vigorous
Grooming: Little
Trainability: Easy to train
Combativeness: Friendly with other dogs
Dominance: Moderate
Noise: Average barker

Physical characteristics

The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is a strong, graceful dog with a large, noble head, square muzzle, and soft bushy eyebrows, beard and moustache. The body is slightly longer than tall. The chest is neither too wide nor too narrow, descending to the elbows. The back is strong and firm. The loin is strong and well developed. The head is in good proportion to the rest of the body. The large oval eyes are yellow or brown. The medium size ears lie flat and close to the head. The nose is always brown. The teeth should meet in a scissor bite. The tail is customarily docked to about 1/2 or 2/3 its original length. Note: docking tails is illegal in most parts of Europe. The gait is efficient and tireless.
Male Wirehaired Pointing Griffons weigh about 60 pounds, while for females an average weight is 50 pounds. The height is 20 to 24 inches.

Temperament

Energetic, loving and intelligent. Gentle and very willing to please. Great with children. These dogs are very intelligent and easily trainable. Devoted and friendly, they are very affectionate with their family and want to be near them. An excellent hunting companion with an exceptionally fine sense of smell. Can be somewhat high-strung and nervous with strangers and unfamiliar situations. Proper early socialization should eliminate this. The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon needs a tremendous amount of exercise to stay calm and happy. If kept inside or restricted, it is likely to become grouchy. Properly socialized and well-exercised dogs that recognize their owner as a pack leader do not generally have behaviour problems and are friendly with other animals.

Coat and grooming

The double coat is the breed's distinctive feature. It is double, straight and wiry. The harsh texture protects the dog from thorns and bush. The undercoat is thick and fine, making the coat water and weather resistant. A mustache and eyebrows are very prominent. The hair covering the ears is fairly short and soft, mixed with longer harsh hair from the coat. The legs are covered with denser, shorter, and less coarse hair. The preferable colour is steel grey with brown markings. The dog can also come in solid chestnut brown or roan, white-and-brown, white-and-orange. Once or twice a week brushing should be fine. The coat does not shed but must be stripped so that new hair can grow. Pet dogs look best if groomed professionally twice a year.

Health

Generally healthy, although some lines are prone to hip dysplasia. The lifespan is 10 to 12 years.

Other interesting facts

The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon was developed around 1870 by a Dutch breeder named Dutchman Eduard Korthal. 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. The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon was developed in less than 20 years, and the breed's standard was written in 1916.