Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
Korthals Pointing Griffon

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Dog breed info
Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
Griffon D’Arrêt a Poil Dur
Korthals Pointing Griffon
Weight: 50 — 60 lbs
Height:Male: 22” — 24”
Height Female: 20” — 22”
AKC Rank 2008 #103
Lifespan: 12—15 yrs
Group Sporting
Origin: France

Dog Breed Info - Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

Breed Overview

Origin: 1800’s. Original Function: Pointing, Retrieving. Today, Pointing, Retrieving. Colors: Steel gray w/brown markings, chestnut brown, white and brown.

In the 1800’s, Edward Korthals from Holland, can be credited with developing and refining the Griffon. The dog is still known as the Korthals Pointing Griffon in most parts of the world. Around 1874, he crossed a number of breeds that represented seven breeds including German and French pointers, a setter, griffons and water spaniels to arrive at a fine hunting dog with an excellent water-dog and a nose for quail and hare. Korthals traveled extensively in France and made popular his new breed wherever he went. Through his French connections, his new breed was adopted in France where it gained a reputation as a deliberate and careful hunter. Thus, the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon found a stronghold in France. This caused the French to consider the dog their own breed in spite of the fact it actually came from Holland.

The dog’s popularity was growing until WWII. After the war, the reputation as the ideal dog for the walking hunter again gained popularity, but the numbers of loyal followers of the breed weren't that great. There were faster dogs available and the Griffon took a back seat. Registered by the AKC.


The Pointing Griffon is smart. Some can be difficult to train and clicker training with positive reinforcement is suggested as the best method for the Pointing Griffon.

Crate Training

Want to crate train your Wirehaired Pointing Griffon puppy? It's easy and if you're interested, take a look and you'll see what to do. Crate training your puppy will save many headaches and problems.

Potty Training

Wirehaired Pointing Griffon puppies are relatively easy to house train, potty train, toilet train, housebreak or whatever you want to call it. If you have a puppy, decide if you want to crate or paper potty train it. For the best results, we have a page at Crate vs Paper Potty Training which will help you decide and from there you can get all the information you need to get the job done. Always praise the pup profusely when she goes potty in the RIGHT PLACE so she knows she has done a good thing. Either method will work for this breed.

If you have an older dog, walk the dog outside every two hours until she gets the idea which door leads to her potty area. Older dogs catch on to the potty or housebreaking pretty fast once they are shown what to do.


This is an excellent hunting and tracking gundog with energy to spare. The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is a great companion and works with a style of his own. He’s smart, obedient and takes direction well in the field and at home. The Pointing Griffon is an adept, willing to please, devoted family pet that willsometimes make you smile with her antics and comical ways.. She tends to be friendly toward strangers, other dogs and household pets. Most Griffon’s are friendly toward household pets, other dogs and strangers. For the hunter, this is one of the best gundog’s, pointers and retrievers. She is very well adapted to working in the water and marshland. The breed needs heavy socialization starting as a puppy. The Pointing Griffon makes a great companion and house pet but must be handled with a firm upper hand and trained well.

If you happen to get a Wirehaired Pointing Griffon with a separation anxiety problem, that can be dealt with by investing a few hours of work on your part and some "tough love."


Friendly Toward Other Dogs

Yes, usually gets along with most dogs. Sometimes will pick and choose her dog friends.

Friendly Toward Other Pets

.Gets along with most family pets, especially if raised with them. The exception might be hamsters and gerbils.

Friendly Toward Strangers

Usually friendly with strangers. If properly socialized as a puppy, the Griffon does well.


Quite playful. Loves to run and romp, play with older kids and chase sticks and balls in the yard as well as swim.


Yes, affectionate. Loves to be with people, especially her family and is an indoor dog. Makes a great companion and loving family pet.

Good with children?

Yes, good with older, well-mannered kids. Likes to romp and run with them. Very young children need to be supervised closely.. The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is not too tolerant of excess poking and pulling and other antics of rambunctious kids.

Good with Seniors over 65?

Maybe. IF the senior is into jogging for health, as many are today, and can toss a ball for a gamer of fetch, the Griffon would make a wonderful pet. She’s friendly, affectionate, alert, playful and devoted to her master as well as a good watchdog. Perfect match for seniors.

Living environment

House with a medium to large fenced yard. OR a farm, ranch. This is an outdoor dog that needs to run and play.

The Brussels Griffon would like a doggie door for indoor-outdoor activity. Also, the yard would provide a place to chase balls and play fetch with as Frisbee or ball.


Energy level

Fairly high energy.

Exercise needs, daily

High. The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon makes a good jogging partner. She needs to run, fetch or otherwise get substantial exercise daily,

This dog enjoys SWIMMING and would like to live near a beach or lake.


Excellent watchdog.

Guard dog

A fairly good guard dog. Will protect her family and the children. Not known as a guard dog, but she will protect when the need arises.


No. Does not shed, or sheds very little at most.


Brush or comb 2 times a week to prevent matting. Besides, the dog will appreciate the extra attention.

The ears need frequent cleaning and removal of excess hair to avoid infections.



Suggested Reading - Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

  • Book at the far left is a hardcover comprehensive Owners Guide for the Pointing Griffon.

  • 2nd book from left "How To Help Gun Dogs Train Themselves."An excellent training guide for the serious sportsman.

  • 3rd book from the left is "50 Games to Play With Your dog."A collection of simple, easy to teach and play games to add variety and fun to your dog's life.

  • At the far right, a book by the American National Red Cross that deals with dog health, emergencies and injuries. It's a valuable reference manual for all dog owners. Vol 2, 2008, includes a DVD.

Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Breeders

In the event you decide to go looking for Pointing Griffon puppies, be SURE to find reputable breeders that really know what they are doing. Be sure the puppy has been well socialized and started in obedience training.
Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Breeders with puppies for sale. This is a hard breed to find. Try a search online for Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Breeders, Clubs or puppies.

Wirehaired Pointing Griffin Rescue

In the event you are seriously considering the adoption of an older dog and are looking for a Pointing Griffon Rescue group or groups in your state, here are several links that might help:
Petfinder - Pointing Griffon Rescue At the time of this writing, Petfinder is showing only 19 of this breed available for adoption for the whole USA. That number will change, of course but it is an indicator. If you do find one to adopt, try to locate dog health records and keep for possible future reference.
Adopt A Pet This is an interesting site but you will likely need to surf the web and search for a better selection if you want to adopt.

Dog Health Issues-Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
Below are the dog illness / illnesses or medical problems listed for the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon by various vets.

This is basically a healthy breed. Don’t let the list below scare you! Your own dog will probably never have ANY of these problems. These are dog illness and medical problems this breed is prone to that have been listed by various veterinarians at different times over the past decade or so and some pertain to puppies and very young dogs that a breeder would deal with.

The information contained herein has been gathered from numerous books by veterinarians and is intended as general information only. Every dog and situation is different. You must see your vet. Our information is for general interest only and not intended to replace the advice provided by your own veterinarian.

  • Hip dysplasia - Hind end limping, back leg acts lame. Wear and time causes the femur to fit poorly into the pelvic socket with improper rotation causing great pain, lameness, arthritis and difficulty walking. You may notice the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon “hopping”” like a rabbit when running plus hesitating to climb stairs, all due to pain in the hind quarters. The problem actually starts as a very young puppy with an abnormal formation of the hip joint and grows progressively. A vet can locate this with a diagnostics test.

  • Gastric Torsion—Sometimes called Bloat or “Twisted stomach.” Mainly in larger, deep-cheated dogs. Here's a brief description of the problem:
    Symptoms include excessive drooling, nervous pacing, agitation, weakness, attempt to vomit, bulging stomach area, heavy breathing, retching and gagging, shock or total collapse.

  • Hypothyroidism—An underactive thyroid gland produces too little thyroid hormone which reduces the dog's metabolism level. Hypothyroidism stems from the dog’s immune system attacking the tissues of the thyroid gland. Bottom line is the dog becomes symptomatic. The cause can be a predisposition for thyroid problems, air pollution and allergies. A FEW symptoms of the disorder include lethargy, weight gain, skin infections, dry skin, hair loss, slow heart rate, ear infections, depression. See your set right away.

  • Entropion—Eye irritation caused by the eyelids and lashes rolling inward. The problem is usually inherited and found in young, adult dogs. It can come from an eyelid spasm. Affected eyes will be held partially shut and tear excessively. Both eyes will usually be affected the same. Treatment for the condition requires eye surgery.

  • Ectropion—A hereditary medical problem. The lower eyelid grows outward leaving a gap between the eye and the eyelid. Excessive tearing and conjunctivitis are common signs of the disease but some dogs will have no symptoms. Blunt trauma and/or nerve damage can also cause the problem. If the cornea becomes damaged or if the conjunctivitis becomes chronic, surgery will be necessary.

  • Otitis externa—Ear infections—Inflammation and infection of the outer ear, especially dogs with long, floppy ear flaps of the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon. Dirt and moisture collect and breed yeast and bacteria. Ear hair and wax contribute to the infection environment. If left untreated it can become a serious infection. If at home treatments with cleaning and meds don't work and the problem worsens, surgery might be the last resort.

Other health problems could occur with your Wirehaired Pointing Griffon. If you notice any problems with your dog, take it to the vet immediately. This website is for general information only and is not intended to, in any way, be a medical guide.


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