AKC PuppyFinder: Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Puppies

Breed Traits
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  • Personality: Outgoing, eager, quick-minded; trustworthy in the field and around the house
  • Energy Level: Very Active; Versatile and tireless, these durable athletes are excellent swimmers and jogger’s companions
  • Good with Children: Yes
  • Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Occasional
  • Trainability: Responds Well
  • Life Expectancy: 12-15 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
Breed Description
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If you're an outdoorsy, active family or a walking hunter, the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is the partner you want by your side. This versatile dog is both a pointer and retriever and an excellent swimmer. He's tireless in the field and thrives on lots of rigorous exercise. Swimming, hiking, a good playtime romp, long walks and room to run will keep him fit and happy. Your Wirehaired Pointing Griffon puppy will also be a devoted family member, affectionate and outgoing. Highly trainable and eager to please his people, what he wants most of all is your company.

History & Job
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Origin: Continental Europe

Year Recognized: 1887

Breed History & Job Description: In the 1800s, sportsmen of Continental Europe were obsessed with breeding hunting dogs of great versatility. Among them was Dutchman Eduard Korthals, son of a well-to-do banker. Through judicious crosses of several breeds, Korthals developed a dog that could work as a pointer on dry land and as an excellent water retriever, complete with webbed toes for swimming. Korthals refined his breed while working in Germany and, finally, France. Since Korthals’s time, partisans have argued whether Griffs are properly a Dutch or a French breed.

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Wirehaired Pointing Griffons are generally a healthy breed. Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip and elbow dysplasia and eye disease. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Wirehaired Pointing Griffons are healthy dogs. Like all dogs with drop ears, a Griffon’s ears are susceptible to ear infections so regular cleaning and plucking of ear canal hair is recommended. The best healthcare for a Griffon is preventive care throughout its lifetime.

Read the Official Breed Club Health Statement.


Recommended Health Tests from the National Breed Club:

  • Ophthalmologist Evaluation
  • Elbow Evaluation
  • Hip Evaluation
Breed Club
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  • Breed Club: American Wirehaird Pointing Griffon Association
  • Breed Club Link: https://www.awpga.com/
  • Breed Standard: View
  • Group: Sporting
  • 2016 Popularity: 66
  • Breed Referral Contact:  -
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