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Description of Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

´╗┐The Breed History

In the Netherlands, initial breed development was undertaken by Eduard Korthals starting in 1873-1874. From there, breed fanciers in France continued to evolve the type. Otterhound, German Griffon, German shorthaired pointer, French pointer, Spaniel and Setter may have contributed genes. The Wirehaired Pointing Griffons look a lot like a German Wirehaired Pointer or the Czechoslovakian Cesky Fousek, but this latter breed is not closely related, and the other characteristics of the Fousek more closely approximate the German Wirehaired Pointer breed. When the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is compared with the German Wirehaired Pointer, these pointing griffon dogs are smaller, less sharp in temperament, their coat is longer, and the pointing style is lower than the point seen in the German Wirehaired Pointer dog. AKC recognition occurred in 1887.

Breeding for Function

The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is somewhat slow and deliberate in his way of going during the hunt since these dogs were developed to accompany a hunter on foot. They have an excellent nose and make an excellent pointer and retriever, particularly for upland birds. Their harsh coat was developed to provide protection in close bush, especially in thorns. A strong swimming talent and the endurance to withstand a long day in the field were selected for.

Physical Characteristics

Height at Withers: female 20-22" (51-56 cm), male 22-24" (56-61cm).

Weight: females 35-50 lb (16-23 kg) males 50-60 lb (23-27 kg).

Coat: The double coat consists of an undercoat of lighter colored soft dense hair overlaid by a very coarse wiry straight haircoat that is medium in length. Black is not allowed, but brown, steel gray with brown markings, roan and white, and orange or brown are accepted.

Longevity: 10-13 years

Points of Conformation: The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is characterized by a very strong constitution, a medium size, and is built slightly longer than he is tall. The head is square in shape, the stop is not well pronounced, and eyebrows, moustache and beard are well developed. Eyes are rounded, large and have a friendly expression; many eye colors are accepted including brown and yellow. Ears are flat lying, medium sized and the nose is always brown with wide nostrils. The nictitans should not show. The neck is long and not throaty, and is slightly arched. The topline descends slightly towards the rear. The thorax is deep with moderately sprung ribs. The tail is carried horizontally or a bit higher when active, and may be docked to about 1/3 to 1/2 of the normal length. Limbs are straight boned, and the dewclaws are removed in America. The feet are round; the toes webbed. The gait is smooth with ground covering strides, and lots of natural agility.

Thanks for description - Animal life club

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