Wirehaired Pointing Griffon



The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon (also called the Korthals Griffon) is a versatile hunting dog, bred in the Netherlands in 1873. This breed was created to hunt side by side with his master. Hardy and well-built, the Wirehaired Griffon is perfect for hunting rabbit and quail. Wirehaired Pointing Griffons are still relatively rare.

Height: 20-24 inches  Weight: 50-60 pounds  Lifespan: 12-14 years


The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is elegant, strong medium-sized dog with a large head and long neck. He is a passionate and enthusiastic hunter. The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon will easily solve any assigned task, because he is very obedient and has a high level of intelligence. Comparable Breed: Irish Setter, German Wirehaired Pointer.


Lively and agile, the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon loves his family and gets along well with children, provided that they know how to behave. The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon does not like being alone. They will bark loudly and may even ruin the whole apartment. Therefore, Wirehaired Pointing Griffons are not suitable for people who are focused on their careers. They get along with other dogs, but cannot bear cats and other small animals, due to their hunting instinct. The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is very responsive and trustworthy.

Coat / Care:

The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon has a two-layered coat. The top layer is hard, harsh and wiry. It protects the dog from inclement weather; and the bottom layer is dense and soft. Usually, the color of the coat is grey or silver with brown markings. Sometimes it can be chestnut brow but black is considered a flaw. Distinctive features of this breed are its soft and thick beard, mustache and eyebrows. Wirehaired Pointing Griffons barely shed. The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon needs to be cleaned and combed at least twice a week. Two times a year, the dog must undergo a professional trimming process, otherwise it will look messy. Bathing is recommended only in the most extreme cases, and you will need to use a mild shampoo. It is very important to keep the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon’s ears clean in order to prevent possible infection. This breed is prone to dysplasia of hip and knee joints, retinal dysplasia, eye problems and the thyroid gland.

Health Problems:

This breed is prone to dysplasia of hip and knee joints, retinal dysplasia, eye problems and the thyroid gland.


The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon needs early socialization and training of submission. He is usually willing to please, and therefore learns very quickly. Wirehaired Pointing Griffons have an excellent sense of smell, and they are great runners and swimmers which make them capable of hunting in any terrain.


The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon has plenty of energy that he has to spend on a variety of physical exercises. In addition to hunting, this dog enjoys swimming and loves to jog next to the owner. The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is not suitable for apartment living, and he is not recommended for passive, inactive people. Wirehaired Pointing Griffons love open space where they can run freely.

Photo credit: Krysta/Flickr

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