Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

Dog Breed Profile

Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

• High energy level
• High exercise needs
• Moderately playful
• Moderately affectionate
• Friendly towards other dogs
• Friendly around other pets
• Friendly around strangers
• Fairly easy to train
• Great watchdogs
• Moderately protective
• Moderate grooming requirements
• Low tolerance to heat
• Medium tolerance to cold

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The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is an excellent retrieving and pointing dog breed with a double coat that makes him ideal for hunting in cooler, damp climates. He moves in a manner similar to cat, appearing to be using minimal effort and the low slinking strides of a feline. The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is able to hunt in any type of terrain, and has the ability to be an independent thinker while still obeying his hunting master.

He loves his family and is eager to please, even humorous at times, with a devoted and friendly personality. The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is an easy dog to train, and provided his exercise needs are met, he makes wonderful house pet.

  • Best suited to being a part of the family as opposed to living outdoors
  • Health conditions that need to be tested for include hips and eyes
  • Grooming needs include brushing every couple days, regular ear cleaning and trimming and twice-yearly stripping
  • The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is an affectionate and friendly, energetic animal that can be fairly easily trained
  • Has a great relationship with family members, moderately protective and make great watchdogs
  • The average size of a male is 50 to 60lbs and 22 to 24 inches tall
  • The average size of a female is 50 to 60lbs and 20 to 22 inches tall

Care & Health:

Take your Griffon for daily jogs, long walks or for a jaunt in the field to meet his energy and exercise needs. He’ll thoroughly enjoy a swim if given the chance. The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon prefers to live in and out of doors so that he can spend lots of time with his family.

His coat won’t be full until two or three years old, but he requires regular brushing at least twice a week, twice-yearly stripping of his dead hair. Be sure to check his ears and clean them often as well, ridding his ear canal of any hair.

Major Health Concerns:


Minor Health Concerns:

–CHD, otitis externa, entropion, ectropion

Test for:

–hips and eyes

Life Span:

– 12 to 14 years

Breed History:

Although the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon has been around for hundreds of years, the wirehaired pointing griffons origin specifically points (no pun intended) to their well-documented development in the mid-19th century. One Holland native bred a series of dogs until he developed this breed and then took them to France,

The breed’s popularity grew to the point that the French believed he was a native French dog, In 1887 the breed standard was created, and it was shown in 1888 in England as a Russian setter.

Although the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon was popular in the US, the 2nd World War diminished the interest, as is the case with many breeds, but once the war was over his popularity rebounded. Today his numbers are low, but he does enjoy a loyal following who truly appreciate this dog’s many good qualities.

  • Family history is gundog, pointer, versatile hunting dog
  • Originally from France
  • First bred in the 1800’s
  • Original purpose was pointing, retrieving
  • Today they are used for pointing, retrieving, pointing field trials
  • Also known as Korthals griffon, pointing wirehaired griffon, griffon D'Arrjt a poildur