Wirehaired Pointing Griffons are a versatile sporting dog known to enthusiast as “Griffs.” They are very people-oriented and thrive on human contact. Griffs are known for their ease of training and willingness to cooperate both at home and in the field. This does not mean that they each do not come with a stubborn streak, especially in adolescence. Griffs are very intelligent dogs with a drive to understand and learn. In comparison to other sporting dogs Griffs are a “soft” breed that works best under a gentle, yet firm hand.
The Griffon works as a hunting dog in both the upland and waterfowl environment. The Griffon’s nose makes them adept at tracking game. Their versatility in the field makes them useful for almost any game in any season. While discussing the Griffon it is important to look at their role as a versatile companion. They have a strong prey drive and a natural ability to point, but they also have a fun-loving side that enjoys competing in obedience, agility, conformation, rally, tracking, and whatever other activities their human-companion can think of to keep them busy. Griffons are wonderful family dogs that enjoy being active.
The Griffon began development in the Netherlands. Eduard Karel Korthals wanted to create the ultimate walking hunter’s gun dog. After working to develop the breed, Korthals had the opportunity to spread the breed throughout Europe with the help of a French Duke. Korthals continued work on the breed and moved his kennel to Germany. Later a disease swept through his kennel delaying progress, but Korthal’s friends (especially in France) continued to work on developing the breed.
The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is a medium-sized dog that has a harsh coat and excels in both pointing and retrieving game. They have a friendly temperament and are known as the “Supreme Gun Dog”.
For the complete breed standard, please visit the American Kennel Club.
For more breed specific information, please visit our AKC Breed Club: American Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Association.