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Korthals Griffon – Dog Breed Guide

Breed summary

Size: Giant
Weight: Males: 50 - 60; Females: 40 -
Height: Males: 22 - 24 inches; Females: 20 - 22 inches
Longevity: 12
Bark Tendency: High
Aggression: High
Compatibility to other pets: High


The Korthals Griffon dog breed is Griffon type of dog that was developed, created and named after Mr. Eduard Korthals, a Dutch Banker and dog breeder.

The Korthals Griffon is a very loyal and affectionate breed. Therefore, they are great companion dogs. Also, this breed is very tolerant and gentle around children!

Official Name

Korthals Griffon


Date -19th Century
Country – France
Family / Group – Gun Dog, Sporting, Pointer

Recognized By:

American Kennel Club
America’s Pet Registry, Inc.
American Canine Registry
Canadian Kennel Club
Continental Kennel Club Dog Registry of America, Inc.
Fédération Cynologique Internationale
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.


The Korthals Griffon dog breed originated during the middle to later parts of the 19th century in France. Pioneer breeding credit goes to a wealthy Dutch Banker named Eduard Korthals, which is the reason why this particular breed is also called the Korthals Griffon.

The Korthals Griffon breed was specifically bred to be one of the most versatile hunting dogs in all of Europe. However, to produce this desired goal, Mr. Korthals used various hunting dog breeds of hounds and pointing dogs. Therefore, he crossed lineages of Barbet dogs, Small Munsterlands, Braque Francaises, Otterhounds as well as German Shorthaired hunting breeds. The result is a griffon type of dog that is recognized as one of the most impressive gun dogs and trackers.


The Korthals Griffon is a dog specifically created to be very versatile hunters that can work as well as be great family dogs. In addition, these griffon types of dogs are very intelligent. These dogs are so smart that they can be manipulative and will get bored easily with mundane things! Also, they are known to be good-tempered with a very high willingness to please their masters.

Bred For

The Korthals Griffon was developed to be one of the most versatile hunting dogs in Europe. They can point, flush and water retrieve in marshland and upland terrain.


Korthals Griffon dogs are not good apartment pets. They are dogs that will not do well in city living conditions. These hunting dogs should be in rural or suburban areas with ample space for them to move about. They can be kept in kennels.


There are two main lines of Korthals Griffon. These are the Show and Field types. Therefore, the Show type requires special grooming attention and should be brushed and combed three times a week. This type also needs to be stripped and trimmed regularly.

However, the Field types are low maintenance when it comes to grooming requirements. Brushing their coats once a week will do. These Griffons are dogs that will shed hair in little amounts or none at all.


Training these dogs will be easy as they are naturally intelligent and hard-working. However, as for any dog breed, early age socialization and training will help them become mentally healthy and happy grown-up dogs.


The Korthals Griffon breed is generally healthy. However, like most working dogs they are prone to hip dysplasia.


A Korthals Griffon is an extremely energetic dog. Therefore, this dog should go out running, jogging or long and brisk walks every day. To sum up, if you are more of an indoor type, this breed is the wrong choice for you!