Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

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Fast Facts

Country of Origin:France
AKC Group:Sporting Group
UKC Group:Gun Dog
Use today:Bird dog
Life Span:12-14 years
Color:Steel gray with brown markings, chestnut brown, roan or white with orange or brown.
Coat:Coarse, medium-length hair.
Grooming:Brush weekly.
Size:Medium Dog Breed
Height:20 to 24 inches at the shoulder
Weight:Proportiante to height

Its shaggy appearance and delightful character will entertain its people from puppyhood on, but the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon also lives up to its moniker of "supreme gundog." This breed came into existence between 1865 and 1885 in Europe, during a time of much experimental breeding. Following the rules of Mendelian inheritance, a Dutchman named Korthals set a goal of creating a sporting dog that would rival the performance of English gundogs, but be better adapted to work in extremely cold temperatures, marshy ground and thick undergrowth. Using Griffon stock as a breeding base, he crossed the progeny with other sporting breeds, possibly including the setter, spaniel, Otterhound, French barbet and German Shorthaired Pointer. By 1870, its rough-coated, keen-nosed creation was perfected and known as the Korthals Griffon. A strong swimmer with a harsh, protective outer coat, this hardy, active dog is an excellent water retriever. Working equally well in open country qualifies the breed as a member of the sub-group of sporting breeds known as versatile gundogs. Most Griffons are gray with chestnut splashes, and the coat has been described as rough as boar bristles. Weekly grooming keeps it in shape. This dog is friendly and easy to train, with a quick, intelligent mind. Too restless to enjoy indoor living, the breed makes a fine companion and watchdog for an active family in a country setting, with lots of running room.

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