Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
Wirehaired Pointing Griffon





Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
Pêche des Grandes Origines
Photo courtesy:
Élevage Feu Follet Kennels

Breed Registries:

Note: The breed registries indicated above are the most recognized all-breed registries. The breed may be recognized by other registries not indicated here. For further details about dog registries, please see the document: Dog Breed Registries in North America.

*** — The Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) is the World Canine Organisation, which includes members (one member per country) that each issue their own pedigrees and train their own judges. The FCI recognizes 339 breeds, with each being the "property" of a specific country. The FCI is not a breed registry nor does it issue pedigrees.




Male: 21.5 to 23.5 inches (55-60 cm) at the shoulder
Female: 19.5 to 21.5 inches (50-55 cm) at the shoulder


Male: Average approximately 60 lbs.
Female: Average approximately 45 lbs.

Breed Profile:

Initially named the Korthals Griffon after E.K. Korthals of Holland who developed the breed, the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is of Dutch origin but mainly seen as a French breed because the majority of the development of the breed took place in France. The Korthals was developed as a sporting dog that could rival the performance of English gun dogs. He was, however, bred to be better adapted to working in extreme cold, on marshy ground and in thick undergrowth. He is an all-purpose sporting dog, developed for hunting upland game, waterfowl, furred game, as well as for tracking deer and wild boar. He is spirited, rugged, athletic and energetic.

The Wirehaired Griffon is known to be very trainable, intelligent and eager to please, as well as being very people oriented and affectionate. Because of these characteristics, he makes a good companion as well as a hunter.

The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is excellent in the field and in the water. His keen sense of smell also makes him a natural at tracking. Other than being a wonderful companion and hunting dog, he is also successful in the show ring, obedience, agility, and search and rescue.

Physically, the Pointing Griffon is of medium size with a noble, square-shaped head. He has an unkempt appearance, wears a mustache and eyebrows. His expressive eyes are either brown or yellow and his nose is always brown. His outer coat is harsh, dry, stiff and protective, while he also has a downy undercoat. His colours are either steel grey with chestnut splashes, grey white with chestnut splashes, chestnut, or dirty white mixed with chestnut.

Health Issues

If you are considering the adoption of a Griffon puppy, or any breed, it is very important to be selective in choosing a responsible and reputable breeder. Ensure that the prospective puppy's parents have all health clearances. Breeding of any dog should not be done until after they have been proven to be free of evidence of significant hereditary diseases. (For more information on selecting a breeder, see the articles on the main Breed Listing and Breeders page.)

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