Breed Organization American Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Association Website: http://www.awpga.com/ Native Country France 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 boars 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).
History The Korthals Pointing Griffon was developed by E. Korthals, a Dutch kennel master in Germanys 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.
Behavior 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
Health Some of the breed are prone to hip dysplasia.
Advice 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.