American Canine Association

Breeds

Breed Name: Wirehaired Pointing Griffon


History

The Wiredhaired Pointing Griffon was developed in the 1800's by crossing the German Griffon, Pointer, Spaneil, Barbet and Setter bloodlines, eventually resulting in the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon breed we know today. This breed was used for hunting wild game, including birds. Today, this is a very popular breed in the USA for hunting as well as family companions.

Appearance

The Wiredhaired Pointing Griffon is a large breed dog with males and females measuring 20-24 inches in height and weighing 50-60 pounds in weight. This breed has a large square shaped head that is rounded at the corners and forms into a broad, rectangular shaped muzzle. Their two ears are medium in side, triangular in shape and folded against their face. This breed has a medium sized, brown, nose. Their two round eyes are available in a light amber to dark brown in color. Their general body build is rectangular in shape, lean and active in appearance and slightly longer than it is tall. Their four legs are very long; hind legs sitting slightly lower. Their tail is long, hangs low to the ground and tapers down to a thin point. Their wirehaired coat is rough to the touch, medium in length and available in steel gray with brown markings, white, solid brown and white and orange. Shade variations of these colors can vary.

Temperament

The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is an excellent choice of breed to add to any family with other dogs, cats and children that they are able to grow up alongside of. Generally not suited for homes with small animals, due to their natural pointing and hunting instincts. This breed is an incredible pointer and hunter and has many skills naturally, however when trained alongside of their human owner, they only excel with greatness. This breed can be the perfect hunting partener, as they are able to hunt in many types of terrian, are patient and focused; however this breed is also a very loving, loyal, affectionate and happy companion. Whether you are adding a hunting partner to your family or just another loving family companion, the Wiredhaired Pointing Griffon is a very smart breed who requires a fair amount of mental and physical exercise to remain happy and healthy. Early socialization and obedience classes are recommended for the breed to ensure the best behaved dog. This breed is generally friendly with strangers, including other dogs.

Grooming

Daily brushing and bathing when needed. A trip to a professional groomers is recommended at least twice a year.

Special Notes

Please fully educate yourself about the Wiredhaired Pointing Griffon prior to adding one to your home to ensure you are able to make a life long commitment both physically and financially to your new family member. A properly fenced in area or proper fitting harness and leash are required while outdoors at all times. This breed is generally very healthy. All dogs originate from wolves (Canis Lupus). Each breed of dog was originally created by mixing different breeds together in an effort to bring forth certain characteristics. Once a breeder has created acceptable “breed characteristics” within their bloodline and these “breed characteristics” have shown to be reliably reproduced in the offspring for three (3) generations, the bloodline may be upgraded from the category of “foundation stock” to “pure-bred”. The same “pure-bred” breed standards vary from different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders. Dog DNA testing companies can have accurate results for a specific bloodline of a small colony of dogs. However, there are tens of thousands of different bloodlines in the world which have not yet been tested for marker baseline results by Dog DNA testing companies as of 2017. For this reason Dog DNA testing companies do not guarantee the 100% accuracy of their breed lineage results and will also show different marker results for the same pure-bred breed in different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders.

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