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Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

Origin: France

AKC Group: Sporting

Height: Males: 21.5 - 23 inches; Females: 19 to 21.5 inches (Male)

Weight: 45 - 60 pounds (Male)

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Wirehaired Pointing Griffons are pleasant and gentle. They love to run and need lots of exercise. They're reserved with strangers and do best in quiet households. They gets along well with other pets, but are sometimes hard to housebreak.

Wirehaired Pointing Griffons are sporting dogs. In general, sporting dogs are active and alert and require daily exercise. Because they have superior instincts in the water and woods, sporting dogs are often used for hunting. If exercised and properly trained, most sporting dogs make excellent pets. However, some of these dogs like to bark and whine a lot, so they're not suited for apartment life.

Origin: 
France
Male height: 
Males: 21.5 - 23 inches; Females: 19 to 21.5 inches
Male weight: 
45 - 60 pounds
Coat: 
Coarse with bushy eyebrows and a beard. Tail docked.
Colors: 
Combination of steel gray, off-white and red. Solid chestnut is available, but not common. Eyes are light brown or yellow. Nose is brown.
History: 

This versatile breed was created by the Dutchman Edward K. Korthals in the 1860s to '70s. Korthals's basic stock started with a female gundog named Mouche and continued with other griffon-type dogs for their coat, love of water and intelligence. Experts speculate that he used various setters or pointers for pointing ability and air scenting as well. As an agent to the Duke of Penthievre in France, Korthals's special breed soon generated a devoted following - so much so that France is credited as the breed's country of origin.

The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon was brought to the United States in the early 19th century, and in fact, was the first of the Continental "all-purpose" breeds to gain official recognition here. But like so many of the excellent working Continental breeds that followed him, he tended to be denigrated by the American dog press as too slow and unstylish. Today, with land and game becoming scarcer, hunters have developed a new appreciation for this kind of Continental dog - he may be slower but also works closer, is easier to work in small farm fields, and will trail a wounded running bird so that it won't be lost.

Personality: 
The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon ("WPG") is a wonderful companion for those who love the outdoors. Good natured and affable, he thrives on long walks through all kinds of environments. Indoors, he is a mellow dog who wants to share your time by staying near you. The WPG is patient yet playful - a large, solid dog with a stable disposition.
At home: 
The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon does best where he has space in which to hunt and sniff. If he is kept in an urban environment, it is essential that he be given plenty of exercise and outdoor time or he will not be happy. This all-weather dog loves spending outdoor time with his owner.
Exercise: 
Daily exercise is necessary for this sporting dog. If not being used for the hunt, he'll need at least a 20-minute romp in a field or other outdoor area. He loves to swim and makes an excellent jogging partner.
Feeding: 
The athletic Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is an enthusiastic eater, so his weight should be monitored. A high-quality, age-appropriate diet is best. Feeding twice a day as an adult is recommended.
Training: 
Bred to work close to the hunter and be a truly all-purpose dog, the WPG is easy to train. He is respectful and responsive, quickly picking up what is expected of him—especially if it has to do with finding game! Motivated with positive rewards and short but frequent training sessions, the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon will soon be minding his manners and doing what needs to be done to live in harmony with his family. Socialization only helps develop his outgoing personality.
Compatibility: 
The WPG loves children and gets along well with other dogs and pets.
Health: 
The average life span of the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is 10 to 12 years. Breed health concerns include hip dysplasia in some lines.
Fun fact: 

The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon was bred to retrieve both in water and on land.

Grooming blurb: 
Naturally scruffy, the WPG benefits from a twice-yearly or so visit to a professional groomer for some trimming and cleaning up. He has a harsh coat that comes clean easily with occasional brushing with a slicker brush. Check his ears frequently for signs of infection.
Disclaimer: 
Copyright by T.F.H. Publications, Inc. This document has been published with the intent to provide accurate and authoritative information in regard to the subject matter within. While every reasonable precaution has been taken in preparation of this document, the author and publisher expressly disclaim responsibility for any errors, omissions, or adverse effects arising from the use or application of the information contained herein. The techniques and suggestions are used at the reader's discretion.