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Wire-haired Pointing Griffon – Dog Breed Guide

Breed summary

Size: Medium
Weight: 50 to 60 pounds
Height: 20 to 24 inches
Longevity: 12
Bark Tendency: Medium
Aggression: Low
Compatibility to other pets: Medium to High

Adopt A Wire-haired Pointing Griffon, Dog Breed Guide


The Wire-haired Pointing Griffon dog breed’s name is derived from its wiry coat. It has made the Wire-haired Pointing Griffon popular, but this wiry coat characteristic will not fully develop until these Griffons reach their second or third year.

Official Name

Wire-haired Pointing Griffon


Date – Middle to latter parts of the 19th Century
Country – France
Family / Group – Gun Dog, Sporting, Pointer

Recognized By:
Continental Kennel Club
Fédération Cynologique Internationale
American Kennel Club
Canadian Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
American Wire-haired Pointing Griffon Association
American Pet Registry, Inc.
American Canine Registry
Dog Registry of America, Inc.
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.


The Wire-haired Pointing Griffon dog breed originated during the middle to latter parts of the 19th century in France. Pioneer breeding credits goes to a wealthy Dutch Banker named Eduard Korthals, which is the reason why this particular breed is also called the Korthals Griffon. The Wire-haired Pointing Griffon breed was specifically bred to be one of the most versatile hunting dogs in all of Europe. To produce this desired goal, Mr. Korthals used various hunting dog breeds of hounds and pointing dogs. 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 dog and trackers. These dogs will point and retrieve within the hunter’s gun range. If they think that the game is out of range, they will not waste their master’s time pointing to it. Korthals also created a very versatile hunter. These dogs are known to hunt well in marshland and upland. They are not just pointing dogs but can also flush game and work as a water retriever.


The Wire-haired Pointing Griffon is a dog specifically created to be very versatile hunters that can work as well as be great family dogs. 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! They are known to be good-tempered with a very high willingness to please their masters.

Bred For

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


Wire-haired Pointing 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 Wire-haired Pointing Griffon.These are the Show and Field types. 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. 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.


The Wire-haired Pointing Griffon breed is generally healthy. Like most working dogs they are prone to hip dysplasia.


A Wire-haired Pointing Griffon is an extremely energetic dog. This dog should be taken out running, jogging or long and brisk walks every day.