Bohemian Wire-haired Pointing Griffon

Český fousek

Despite his somewhat gruff and rough air, the Bohemian Wire-haired Pointing Griffon has a versatile nature, making him easy to guide and handle. His intelligence makes him an excellent hunting dog, and even if he is not very attentive, he is still devoted to his master and family. This avid athlete and hunter has become today an increasingly rare breed. Despite the regeneration of the breed and the efforts made to save him after the First World War, the numbers are still very low.

Height 58 to 66 cm
Weight 22 to 34 kg
Life expectancy 12 to 13 years
Home country Czech Republic

Quick Overview of the Bohemian Wire-haired Pointing Griffon


  • Intelligent and loyal
  • Rather affectionate
  • Strong temperament
  • Easy to educate


  • Great impression of strength and endurance
  • Flexibility and lightness
  • Coarse and hard appearance
  • Very elegant


  • Hardy and robust
  • Generally in good health
  • Rarely ill
  • No particular pathology

Temperament of the Bohemian Wire-haired Pointing Griffon

Intelligent, loyal and quite affectionate, the Bohemian Wire-haired Pointing Griffon is an easy dog ​​to train even if he has a strong temperament.

His education is relatively easy but must be adequate and firm.

Despite his rougher side, he is affectionate and kind to the family.

He does not have a lot of patience with children, but enjoys spending time with the family. He is very loyal to his master and his own.

Breed Appearance

griffon d'arrêt tchèque

This medium-size dog, whose gait leaves an impression of strength and endurance, is a pleasant mixture of versatility and lightness.

Despite his coat of a rather rough and hard appearance, he is a noble dog with a surprising elegance.


Between 60 and 66 cm (23.62 to 25.98 inches) for the male
Between 58 and 62 cm (22.83 to 24.41 inches) for the female


Between 28 and 34 kg (61.73 to 74.96 pounds) for the male
Between 22 and 28 kg (48.50 to 61.73 pounds) for the female


The color of his coat can vary from dark red to brown, with or without spots.

Brown with speckles on the lower limbs and on the chest is also one of the possible combinations.


The coarse hair of his coat is thick and measures 3 to 4 cm (1 to 1-3/4 inches).

It is combined with straight, hard hair measuring 5 to 7 cm (2 to 3 inches), as well as a dense and very soft undercoat.

With age, the undercoat tends to disappear completely.


His skull is moderately domed and the stop is slightly accentuated. His almond-shaped eyes range in color from dark amber to maroon brown.

His ears are slightly drooping. His nose is always a nice dark brown. His tail prolongs the line of the back and is usually cut short by three-fifths of its length.

According to the FCI breeds nomenclature, this breed belongs to group 7, section 1 and is #245

Tips About this breed

This versatile hunting dog is a great pointer. He is equally at home in the plains, marshes or forests. However, he has a predilection for aquatic environments.

He has a tendency to bite pests, but can easily be taught not to bite.

He is endowed with a strong character and his education must be firm and take into account his temperament.

The owner must be worthy of his dog and impose himself as the master of the situation.

Despite everything, his education is generally easy because he is intelligent and learns quickly.

He doesn't really like the city, preferring by far the wide open spaces of the countryside where he can run and exercise as he pleases. He is an athlete at heart and loves exercise and freedom.

Health of the Bohemian Wire-haired Pointing Griffon

This hardy and robust dog ​​is generally in excellent health, and rarely sick.

No particular defect or disease affects the breed. The life expectancy of the specimens is very appreciable.


It is best to inspect his ears on a regular basis, especially after a hunting episode.

His coat requires regular brushing in order to keep it clean and healthy. No other maintenance is necessary.

History of this breed

Originally from the Czech Republic, the Bohemian Wire-haired Pointing Griffon was already present in the 14th century in Europe.

Formerly called “Bohemian Dog”, he was very popular all over the European territory at one time. Used then for hunting, he was later called "Cesky Fousek" who also became "bearded Czech".

Before the First World War, he was considered to be the wire-haired pointing dog most often found on the territory of the former USSR.

Having almost disappeared after the First World War, the breed was fortunately regenerated by a few rare dog enthusiasts who had kept some original subjects.

In 1924, the breed club was created and the FCI officially recognized it in 1958. In the Slovak and Czech Republics, he ranks second among the dog breeds used for hunting.

The Bohemian Wire-haired Pointing Griffon is a hunting dog at heart. He is an excellent pointing dog that can find and point small game, and work on any type of terrain without difficulty.

Although he enjoys family contact, he is rarely used as a companion dog.

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