Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Information

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(Griffon d'arrêt à poil dur Korthals, French Wire-Haired Korthals Pointing Griffon) Wirehaired Pointing Griffons are medium sized dogs whose thick eyebrows, beards, and mustaches give their faces a unique personality. Their medium sized ears sit flat against their square-shaped heads.  Their bright, jovial eyes are usually yellow or brown, but they generally have brown noses which are excellent for sniffing out game and tasty treats. The breed’s hair should never be fluffy or wool-like, instead a rough and coarse coat is desirable. Wirehaired Pointing Griffons come in a variety of colors, including steel gray with brown, white, or chestnut. However, they should never be pure black. Its body shape – muscular limbs, wide chest, and straight legs – helps it move easily – an important trait since they were bred for hunting. Their medium-sized, webbed paws help them swim, plus their undercoat keeps water away from their skin.  The breed usually have docked tails and removed dewclaws.

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The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is a happy go lucky dog always ready to please its owner. It is highly intelligent and trainable. Like most smart dogs, they can be easily bored and frequently act stubborn. The breed is friendly with strangers and usually gets along well with other dogs and animals. They are affectionate, outgoing, and very active.  For families with children, Wirehaired Pointing Griffons are a great choice because they are active yet gentle.

The Wired Hair Pointing Griffon has strong hunting instincts that are passed from generation to generation through blood. It is a breed that works hard and is capable of perfecting it’s method of hunting.

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20-24 inches
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50-60 pounds
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General Health

The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, like most middle to large breed dogs, is prone to hip dysplasia.  That, however, is the biggest genetic health concern for this breed.  They have an average life expectancy of about 10 to 12 years.

They are also prone to Otitis, Exterina, Entropion, and Ectropion.

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The breed was created in the late 1800s in Holland as a result of Edward Korthals’ attempts to create an amazing hunting dog by crossing many hunting breeds such as spaniels, pointers, and setters. After its creation, France adopted the dog and made it a common breed. The standard for the breed was formed in 1888, just a few years after it was developed. Interestingly, the first Wirehaired Pointing Griffon in America was called a Russian Setter.  By the early1900s, the breed was accepted into the AKC and was being shown at Westminster.  Today, the breed is rare in the United States.

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It is very important for Wirehaired Pointing Griffons to be trained by someone who is firm because of their stubborn natures. They also need lots of exercise and usually do well with if they are given a job. Their grooming routine is fairly simple, especially if they are being kept as companions not show dogs. Their coats need to be brushed at least once a week, and the dead hair needs to be stripped out twice a year. To avoid ear problems, Wirehaired Pointing Griffons need to have their ears cleaned and the hair around them trimmed regularly.

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Ideal Environment

Wirehaired Pointing Griffons should not live in apartments.  They are happiest with a large backyard and possibly a swimming pool because the breed loves to swim and is well-suited for the activity.  Additionally, the breed needs an active family who can give them plenty of exercise and possibly a job to keep them stimulated.  This is not the dog for families who are inexperienced or who are not firm.  Wirehaired Pointing Griffons also do best in cooler environments.

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My female W.H.P.G. is already 23 inches at the withers and she is only 7 1/2 months old. Should I even consider breeding her at 2 years old?

We typically wait till they are at least 2 years of age and have their hips tested. Depending on the test OFA or PennHip determines how old they need to be before you can test. After 2 years you should be good to breed so long as the tests come out good. Tommy Butcher That's My Point Kennels

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