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Korthals Pointing Griffon

Korthals Pointing Griffon

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Breed Organization
American Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Association
Native Country
Other Names
Wirehaired Griffon, French Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
Life Expectancy
Approximately 10-12 Years
Litter Size
Average 6-8 Puppies
Breed Group
AKC Sporting Group
Breed Appearance
The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is a medium-sized dog with a harsh, wiry coat. According to its AKC standard, the coat is preferably steel gray with brown markings. Other acceptable colors: chestnut brown, white and brown, roan, and white and orange. The Griffon should have flat ears that lie close to the head, and eyes that are either yellow or brown. Its nose must be brown.

Breed Description
Head: Large, long. Skull not too broad .Stop not very pronounce . Slightly curved nosebridge. Long, angular muzzle. Brown nose. Prominent mustache and eyebrows.
Ears: Medium in size, lying flat, not curled.
Eyes: Large, rounded, yellow or brown.
Body: Long. Fairly long neck without dewlap. Chest not too broad. Ribs slightly curve. Broad loin. Sturdy back.
Tail: Carried level to the ground. Bushy hair but no plume. Usually docked by one-third or one-fourth.
Hair: Hard and harsh, much like a boar’s bristles. Bushy but not too long. ever curly or woolly. Fine, dense undercoat.
Coat: Preferably steel grey with brown markings or solid brown, often reddish-brown or roan. White and brown or white and orange also allowed.
Size: Dog: 55 to 60 cm (21.5-23.5 in).Bitch: 50 to 55 cm (19.5-21.5 in).
Weight: 20 to 25 kg (44-55 lb).

The Korthals Pointing Griffon was developed by E. Korthals, a Dutch kennel master in Germany’s grand duchy of Hesse. Beginning in 1860, he decided to revive the old Wirehaired Griffon through selection, inbreeding, and crossbreeding. To do this, he crossed his own French and German griffons with pointers, spaniels, and the Barbet. The new breed was first shown in 1870, and the first standard was published in 1887. The Korthals Pointing Griffon is recognized as a French breed by the FCI and is well-represented in France.

Vigorous, hardy, and enthusiastic, the Korthals Pointing Griffon has a very subtle nose and can maintain a steady gallop. He is a multi-purpose pointer for all game, all types of terrain (from thickets to swampland), and any kind of weather. He is a good tracker, a firm pointer, and a good retriever. He is perfect on woodcock. Gentle, kind, and very attached to his owner, he is a good pet. However, he is strong-willed and a bit restless. He needs firm but not harsh training.

Some of the breed are prone to hip dysplasia.

The Korthals Pointing Griffon is not well-suited to city life. He does not like being left alone or tied up. He needs lots of exercise every day, as well as brushing several times a week and regular attention to the ears.

Hunting Dog, Companion Dog.

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