Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

Korthals, Korthals Griffon

This funny canine specimen with a gruff but friendly appearance, can very well combine the functions of hunting dog and family companion. The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is very gentle with all the members of his family and excels in hunting thanks to his great versatility. Many enthusiasts will be delighted with this friendly four-legged companion.

Height 50 to 60 cm
Weight 20 to 30 kg
Life expectancy 10 to 12 years
Home country France

Quick Overview of the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon


  • Kind and faithful
  • Gentle and loving
  • Endowed with a strong character
  • Attached to his family


  • Physique longer than tall
  • Robust build
  • General appearance a bit rough
  • Rough and rather coarse hair


  • Rarely ill
  • Generally healthy
  • No particular default
  • Sometimes suffers from osteoarthritis

Temperament of the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

Kind, loyal, gentle, affectionate, but hyperactive and endowed with a strong character, the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is an excellent hunting dog that is protective and very attached to his family.

This gentle dog requires firm and proper training.

This pointing dog is adapted to all types of game hunting, is well balanced and endowed with great intelligence.

He is especially well suited for work, thanks to his excellent hunting skills.

Because he feels at home in marshes, open spaces and even the busiest undergrowth, he is greatly appreciated by hunting families for his many talents and abilities.

In the family, he proves to be an excellent companion for all members of the household.

Cheerful, gentle and affectionate, the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is vigorous and very well balanced. He is as happy hunting as he is with his family, but he must be able to live in the great outdoors because he hates enclosed spaces.

If he lives indoors, he may have a tendency to contract skin diseases due to stress. He is made for freedom.

He can be a delight to many homeowners, as long as he can benefit from enough outdoor space.

Since he needs a lot of exercise, the countryside or a house with a large garden are his favourite places.

Sociable and intelligent, his socialization and education are relatively easy but his education must still be firm in order to control his strong character.

Breed Appearance

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This very hardy medium size dog has a longer than tall silhouette.

His very robust build make him a dog with a good constitution for work.

With his beard, moustache and bushy eyebrows, he has a slightly gruff general appearance and rough gait also due to his pretty and rather coarse fleece.


Between 55 and 60 cm (21.65 to 23.62 inches) for the male
Between 50 and 55 cm (19.69 to 21.65 inches) for the female


Between 20 and 30 kg (44.09 to 66.14 pounds) for the male
Between 20 and 30 kg (44.09 to 66.14 pounds) for the female


His colour is preferably steel grey, with reddish brown or chestnut spots.

There are also specimens with white and orange or chestnut white fairly uniform.


His rough and harsh coat has a thick and dense undercoat.

His coat is a bit like that of a boar.


His head has a skull not too wide and a rather long and square muzzle.

His large eyes are brown or yellow. His ears are medium size, flat and set fairly high.

His truffle is generally in harmony with the robe. His straight tail is carried horizontally. It may be shortened by a quarter or a third of its length.

According to the FCI breeds nomenclature, this breed belongs to group 7, section 1 and is #107

Health of the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

Rather strong and very robust, he is rarely ill and generally enjoy excellent health.

The breed is not affected by any particular disease, but some individuals may suffer from osteoarthritis or skin diseases.

The subject generally enjoys a very nice and appreciable life expectancy.


His rough coat requires energetic brushing at least twice a week to keep his special fleece clean, beautiful and healthy.

The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon should not be shaved or clipped, he should be epilated. However, no other maintenance is necessary.

History of this breed

Even though he was bred in Germany a little over a century ago, and the creator of the breed is a German of Dutch origin, called Eduard Korthals, the FCI still gave the paternity of the breed to France and not Germany.

Already reported as an Oysel dog by Xenophon at a later date, the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon was widespread throughout Europe, having received many names before being officially recognized as the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon.

Written in 1887, the breed standard links his origins to the Griffon Boulet, which is now very rare and even threatened with extinction.

He is an excellent versatile pointing dog used to search for large wounded game. This vigorous dog can also easily find, point and retrieve small game.

This versatile hunting dog is also appreciated as a companion dog with a character that is compatible with all.

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