Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

Sporting Group

Wirehaired Pointing Griffon lying down in front of white background

Height at Shoulders

Females 20-22 in, Males 22-24 in

Weight

Females 35-50 lbs, Males 50-70 lbs

Life Expectancy

12-15 yrs

History

The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon originated during the 1800's somewhere in continental Europe. The man responsible for the breed, Eduard Karel Korthals, was the son of a rich banker and wanted to craft the ultimate hunting dog. He bred a long line of griffons, finally producing the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, a breed that excelled as a gundog on land and as a retriever of game birds in water. It is unknown exactly where they originated, but most experts think they are either Dutch or German.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Wirehaired Pointing Griffons will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★★

★★★★★

★★★★★

★★★★☆

★★★★★

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★★★★☆

★☆

★☆

★☆☆☆

Intelligence

★★★★★


Affection Towards Family

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★★★☆


Exercise Needs

★★★★★


Energy Level

★☆


Sensitivity

★★★★☆


Noise Level

★☆


Prey Drive

★☆


Shedding

★☆☆☆☆

Common Traits

Intelligent, eager to please, and easy to train 

Have webbed toes

Goofy and playful with a great sense of humor

Very alert, skeptical of strangers, and protective of their family and house, which makes them great watchdogs

Thrive on companionship and can develop separation anxiety if left alone for long periods of time