Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Dog Breed Information

  • AKA:Korthals Griffon, Pointing Wirehaired Griffon, Griffon D'Arret a Poil Dur
  • Size:Medium/Large
  • Ease of Training:Medium
  • Grooming:Medium
  • Shedding:Low
  • Exercise Needed:Walking and running daily
  • Energy Level:Medium
  • Protection:Makes an effective watchdog
  • Good with Children:Yes, with respectful children and when raised with them
  • Health Clearances:OFA, CERF
  • Weight:50-60 lbs
  • Height:Male: 22-24; Female: 20-22 inches
  • Coat Colour:Preferably steel gray with brown markings, also chestnut brown, or roan, white and brown. Less desirable is solid brown, solid white.

Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Coat

The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is a rough, double coat breed. The outer coat is wiry, straight, hard, and provides protection from harsh weather and dense brush. The under coat is thick and soft. The color of the coat is typically gray or silver, with roan or chestnut markings, or they may also be a solid chestnut. A distinguishing feature of this breed is the soft, thick, and bushy beard, moustache, and eyebrows. They shed little to no hair.

Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Character

Affectionately referred to as Griffs, this graceful, sturdy, and medium-sized breed possesses passion and excellence as a family pet and enthusiastic hunter. They are highly adept at problem solving, extremely obedient, and very intelligent.

Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Temperament

A lively and agile breed, the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is deeply devoted and affectionate to their family. They are extremely people oriented and do well with considerate children. They do not do well if left alone for extended periods of time and may become destructive or bark excessively. They are not well suited for a two career family. They get along well with other dogs; however, caution and care must be taken with other small household pets and cats. The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is loyal, responsive, and trustworthy.

Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Care

The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon needs to be brushed and combed twice weekly. Professional stripping and trimming of the coat needs to be done twice a year to keep them looking their best. Bathing should only be done when absolutely necessary using a mild shampoo. It is important to keep their ears clean and free of hair. This breed is prone to hip dysplasia, elbow, eye, and thyroid problems.

Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Activity

With a tremendous energy level, the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon needs an inordinate amount of exercise. In addition to being a fine hunting companion, this breed also enjoys jogging with their master and swimming as much as possible. They are not suited for apartment dwelling or for sedentary owners. The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon does best in a country setting where they have the opportunity to romp and run.

Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Health and Life Expectancy

The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon has a life expectancy of around 12-15 years. These dogs are relatively healthy and hardy creatures, with just a few health issues to look out for. This includes ectropion, entropion, and HD. The parents of the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon puppy should have OFA and CERF certificates.