WIREHAIRED POINTING GRIFFON
- SIZE: 5
- GROOMING:: 6
- EXERCISE NEEDS: 6
- GOOD WITH DOGS: 6
- WATCHDOG: 7
- BREED: WIREHAIRED POINTING GRIFFON
- COLOR(S):Gray with brown markings, chestnut brown, roan, or white and brown.
The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon was developed sometime around 1870 by a Dutch breeder named Dutchman Eduard Korthal. An enthusiastic hunter, his goal was to breed a dog that would hunt in all kinds of terrain. Korthals mixed German Griffons, French and German Pointers, Spaniels, Barbets and a Setter. The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is a strong hunting dog. The skull is slightly rounded on the top but looks square in profile when it is viewed from the side with the muzzle. The head is in proportion to the body.
The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is a loyal, skilled energetic field dog. They are intelligent and make distinguished gundogs and trackers. These excellent hunting companions can point and retrieve with a deliberate style, generally staying within the hunter\'s gun range. Especially good for hunters on foot combining the ability to be directed by the hunter with the ability to think independently.
Brush and comb the harsh coat once or twice a week. The ears should be cleaned and plucked of hair within the canal in order to avoid ear problems. Show dogs need stripping and trimming. Some pet owners have their dogs professionally groomed once or twice a year to keep them looking their best. The Griffon sheds little to no hair, but must be stripped so new hair can grow.
Some lines are prone to hip dysplasia.
Wirehaired Pointing Griffons are super high energy dogs. They need to be taken on daily, long, brisk walks or out for a run. They will make an excellent jogging companion and love to swim. If these dogs are allowed to get bored, and are not walked or jogged daily, they can become destructive, high-strung and start to display a wide array of behavioral problems.
They are very eager and willing to please and are easily trained. If not properly socialized, exercised and given enough mental stimulation, they can be rather high-strung and nervous with strangers and unfamiliar situations. Dogs who do get enough are generally friendly toward strangers, other dogs, and pets. Socialize extensively when young and be sure to always be the dog\'s pack leader.