Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

Breed History

Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is a medium sized gun dog that is known for being one of the best in pointing activities. Great in social settings and intelligent making them an easy dog to train.

The word Wirehaired in talking about their coat that is rough and sheds little. Pointing is an activity of pointing the owner to where other animals’ locations such as birds and ducks.

Griffons are small dogs that have a Terrier like appearance, Retriever working capabilities, and rough coats. Tireless energy on the trail and can swim with the best of them.

Earliest history of this breed goes back to the 16th century but most of the information on their early documentation is from the 1800’s.  Eduard Korthals is one of the most influential breeders at that time.

That’s why you will see people will call them Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, or Korthal Griffon. He would go on the purchase a lot of different Griffons and start to breed them at a higher rate than normal.

Shortly after their breed standard was put together, they would become exports from France to the United States where they would get their first registration in America.

Come from Dutch but most of their development, regarding the breed standard, was done in France and that’s why they have ties to both places.


In 1887, they would receive recognition from the American Kennel Club that traces their bloodline from France to the U.S. Making them one of the oldest dogs in the Kennel Club by date.

Top 60 in registration they enjoy a high level of popularity as time has gone on. They didn’t receive their current name of Wirehaired Pointing Griffon until the early 20th century and before were Russian Setters.

Sporting Group, or Gun Dog, is the category every major kennel club places them in. Here are the different kennel clubs and the breed standards for this breed.


Male Height: 22-24 inches

Female Height: 20-22 inches

Male Weight: 55-70 pounds

Female Weight: 35-55 pounds

Litter Size

6 puppies are the average litter size for the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon. Breeders should be aware of the number of puppies they have incoming. Mothers have no known health problems and can deliver without a c-section procedure.


  • Brown and Gray
  • Chestnut and Gray
  • White and Brown
  • White and Orange
  • Brown
  • Chestnut
  • White
  • Markings – Roan and Ticked


$1,000-$2,000 is the average price of a Wirehaired Pointing Griffon. Prices vary depending on location, currency, supply, demand and other factors that can change cost.

Registration will cost the owner more money than buying a dog without papers. Papers will ensure that the dog can trace their bloodline from the Dutch until they came to your current country.

Without papers the dog means that one, or both, of the parents weren’t eligible to get registration. Most likely due to crossbreeding.


Taking the dog on a long run or walk of at least one hour will set the tone for a calm and enjoyable grooming session. Doing this everything with the help of a leash will help you communicate that you want the dog to standstill while recovering from their workout.

  1. Brushing
  2. Combing
  3. Bathing
  4. Ears
  5. Nails
  6. Professional Help

Brush the coat at least once per week for the best results. Getting a tool that can reach the skin will be the best choice. Although you should use a different one during shedding season but this dog sheds very little.

Comb the coat at least once per week for the best results as well. Tools that can reach the skin will deliver the best results.

Bathe the dog after a long walk or run and this will change the dynamics of the dog’s wild behavior into a more domesticated look. Do this every time until behavior is desirable.

Cleaning the ears once per week will help avoid infection. Infection costs will start to add up after a few trips to the vet. If you see the dog shaking their head a lot, scratching the ears and developing an odor they most likely have an infection.

Trimming the nails should happen during exercise, which we recommend. If you don’t exercise you dog, which we don’t recommend, cut them with clippers.

Professional help is a recommendation for this breed.

Life Span

12-15 years is the average lifespan for a Wirehaired Pointing Griffon. That’s a long time for a dog to live and owners should be aware of the time commitment. Great dog to consider for an adoption because you can give a dog a home and at the same time enjoy ownership for over a decade still.

Health Issues

Eye Examination – cherry eye, cataracts, and glaucoma are all issues that can affect your time and appear at any time. Some issues are mild while others can lead to partial or complete blindness. Their kennel club recommends you get this check multiple times throughout their lifetime.

Hip Dysplasia – is a condition that creates a rubbing of the leg bone and hip bone with an improper fit of the hip socket. Causing discomfort to the dog during exercise. Whenever the dog is limping, favoring a leg, or showing a disinterest when exercising take them to the vet for an examination.

Elbow Dysplasia – growth on the outside of the elbow can cause stiffness and become an issue for the dog. Taking the dog to the vet and see the seriousness is a recommendation for the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon.

Breed Group

Proud member of the Sporting Group, or Gun Dog Group. These dogs are known for being a great retriever on land or in the water. Some dogs like the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon specialize in both. Others are known for birds, ducks, and other animals.

Intelligence is one of the best qualities along with stamina and endurance. Having a soft mouth makes them prone to grab a different animal without causing more damage than already done.

Here are some of the dogs in the Sporting Group

Exercise Needs

Wirehaired Pointing Griffon needs a lot of exercise and they need it daily. Owners have an issue with understanding how much they should give but we will answer that question right now.

Understanding there is a direct connection between bad behavior and lack of exercise, or boredom, is key for solving the problem. Dogs that have not gotten enough exercise will engage in bad behavior.

Digging, barking excessively, jumping, too much excitement, biting, nipping and a lot of other behaviors. Taking these dogs on walks once a month will result in a pulling exhibition most of the time.

Once you begin to exercise them enough you will notice all the prior mentioned behaviors stop all on their own. You will start to notice the dog is recovering from his morning session instead. Two sessions are the best way to calm dogs down right away and keep them there.

Here is something we recommend to every client to start here

Morning: Hour (run, walk or treadmill)

Evening: 30 mins (run, walk or treadmill)

Younger dogs need the most exercise and you will need to run them often. Multiple sessions a day whenever you feel the dog needs it is something you should use a lot during this stage. At this stage you will be training basic commands so exercising a lot us ideal.

Adult dogs will have most of the basic training out of the way and understand house rules, backyard rules, and walking properly on the leash without pulling. Second sessions are less in this phase, but you will still need them at times.

Senior dogs don’t need a lot of exercise and one time a day will be the most. Decline in energy happens rapidly at this age. Walk around the block will be all they need.


  1. Exercise program
  2. Commands
  3. Socialization
  4. Corrections

Every house should be built on a solid foundation and no foundation is more solid than daily exercise. Running and walking everyday should be the most time-consuming activity you do. Imagine a misbehaving dog going from no exercise to 365-730 hours per year. That’s going to make a huge difference and change the dynamics in the household. Although this is a huge benefit there is more your dog is listening to you for that many hours a year as well. Perfect combination to hang your hat when training.

Commands training is important to get and keep full control over the dog whether on or off leash. Practice makes perfect is the right phrase to use for this type of training. Repetition will be your best friend. Use toys, treats, or life rewards to motivate and get the desired outcomes.

Socialize the dog after long exercise sessions of at least one hour. Before vet visits, car rides, family visiting, dog parks, dog beaches, and many more get them exercise beforehand.

Correcting the dog will happen either verbally or on leash. Timing is the most important principle to learn when correcting a dog. Prevention of the whole behavior is the only timing that is correct. During or after doesn’t communicate with the dog half as effective as prevention. Lastly, make the dog sit or lay after each correction. Again, this is the most effective way to correct and get the behavior you are looking for each day.

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