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Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

Country/Date of Origin: France/1800s

This breed owes its existence to a Dutchman named Edward Korthals who started in 1870 with a Barbet dog and mixed her bloodlines with various setters, spaniels and pointers to create a new sporting dog. A family feud forced him to leave Holland and continue his breeding experiments in Germany and France. The breed type was fixed by the beginning of the twentieth century and the dog exhibited the skills of both a pointer and a retriever. Its harsh coat and swimming abilities enabled it to be utilized for both water and field work.

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Korthals Griffon

AKC Group: Sporting

Breed Club: American Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Association

Rescue Club: Homer Mobley, phone: (540) 856-8584; email: [email protected]

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Body Type:

  • A rough coated gun dog with legs that are short compared with length of the body
  • Height: 22-24 inches (at shoulder)
  • Weight: 50-60 pounds
  • Medium length hanging ears are not altered
  • Tail held level with topline of the back is docked to a third of its original length


  • Affectionate with family and willing to please
  • High strung which can lead to timidness
  • Wary of strangers
  • Good with children
  • Intelligent and trainable


  • A harsh stiff outercoat with eyebrows, mustache, and beard
  • Undercoat is soft and fine
  • Permissible colors are solid chestnut; steel-gray, gray-white, or dirty white with or without chestnut splashes. The solid chestnut is not desirable and solid black is a disqualification
  • Moderate grooming required. the dog is supposed to have a shaggy, unkempt look

Health Concerns:

  • Very healthy breed
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Thyroid problems may lead to skin allergies
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Tasty Tidbits:
  • Not a suitable dog for the city. It will become high strung and hyperactive if not given enough exercise
  • A good swimmer
  • Puppies are born white or white with liver spots

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