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Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
Griffon d'arrêt à poil dur Korthals
Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
Other names Korthals Griffon
Country of origin The Netherlands / France

The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon (FCI No. 107) (an English translation of the original name, Griffon d'arrêt à poil dur Korthals, also called Korthals Griffon in the UK) is a breed of dog used in hunting as a gundog. It is Dutch in ancestry, but is regarded as a French breed because the breed's development took place in France. The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is particularly adapted for swampy country, where its harsh coat is excellent protection.



The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is a medium-sized dog with a harsh, wiry coat. The coat is preferably gray with tan to brown markings and a brown head. Other acceptable colors: chestnut brown, white and brown, roan, and white and orange. A black coat is not acceptable. The Griffon should have flat ears that lie close to the head, and eyes that are either yellow or brown. Its nose must be brown.[1]


The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon was developed by Eduard Karel Korthals in 1873.[2]The history of the breed can be read here [3] (Source: AWPGA [4]).

Health and temperament

The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is a superb swimmer and retriever and it loves to play in the water. Wirehaired Pointing Griffons are known as intelligent, extremely eager to please, friendly dogs. They are also known for their slightly less excitable temperament when not in the field, which makes them a very comfortable dog when home.


This breed has also been listed by dog information websites as being non shedding or low shedding, and therefore good for people with allergies, but this has never been proven. All dogs shed,[5] and it is the dog's dander and saliva that trigger most allergic reactions.[6] Allergists do recognize that at times a particular allergy patient will be able to tolerate a particular dog, but they agree that "the luck of the few with their pets cannot be stretched to fit all allergic people and entire breeds of dogs."[7] Allergists "think there really are differences in protein production between dogs that may help one patient and not another",[7] meaning that some allergic people may not have allergic reactions to a specific dog.

See also


  1. ^ [1]The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Breed Standard
  2. ^ "The Breed" at official site of Americang Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Association. Accessed May 28, 2007.
  3. ^ The Breed - Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
  4. ^ American Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Association: Official AKC National Parent Club for Purebred Wirehaired Pointing Griffons
  5. ^ Jeffrey Adelglass, M.D., ear, nose, throat and allergy information quote: "No dog is considered non-allergenic because all dogs produce dander, saliva, and urine which are the offending allergens."
  6. ^ Mayo Clinic, Pet allergy
  7. ^ a b [2] Nonallergenic Dog? Not Really by Denise Grady, New York Times, February 5, 1997]

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