Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Dog Breed Netherlands, Germany, France

Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

Breed Fact

Country of Origin: Netherlands, Germany, France
Hypoallergenic: Yes
Height: Female: 50–55 cm, Male: 55–60 cm
Weight: Female: 23–27 kg, Male: 23–27 kg
Color: Brown & White, Orange & White, Chestnut, Grey & Tan, Grey & Brown, Liver
Life Expectancy: 10 – 13 years
Temperament: Vigilant, Gentle, Loyal, Proud, Trainable
Litter Size: 5 - 10 puppies
Health Problems: Some lines are prone to hip dysplasia.

The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon was developed sometime around 1870 by a Dutch breeder named Eduard Korthals.

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. He developed the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon in his breeding program in less than 20 years, writing a standard, and in 1916 formed the Griffon Club of America.

The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon (WPG) 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. There is a slight stop.

The nose is brown with wide open nostrils and the teeth meet in a scissors bite.

The large, round eyes range from yellow to brown in color. The medium-sized ears are set at eye level, hanging down and lying flat against the head.

The neck is long, without dewlap. The body is slightly longer than it is tall and the back slopes slightly from the shoulders to the rump.

The front legs are straight with round, webbed feet. Dewclaws are usually removed. The tail is customarily docked by 1/3 to 1/2 its original length and is a continuation of the topline, carried straight or raised. Note: docking tails is illegal in most parts of Europe.

The medium-length, course, rough double coat has soft, thick, bushy eyebrows, beard and mustache.

Coat colors come in steel gray with brown markings.

The brown can be shades of chestnut brown or roan. It can also come in white, solid brown, white and brown or white and orange.