Wirehaired Pointing Griffons
About the Breed
The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon was developed in the period between 1870 and 1873 by the Dutch breeder named "E.K. Kopthals" through mixing German Griffons with French and German Pointers, Spaniels, Barbets and Setters. The result of his breeding program was an enthusiastic hunting dog with a fine nose especilly good for small game such as hare and quail. The Griffon Club of America was formed in 1916 and that same year, 16 Griffons were shown at the big Westminster Club Dog Show in New York. In the 1980's a few breeder selected to import Cesky Fousek dogs and breed them into the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon lines. Disagreements over this practice resulted in a rift among breeders and the subsequent formation of the American Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Association to preserve the purity of the original breed.
Medium sized, with noble, square-shaped head, strong of limb, bred to cover terrain encountered by the walking hunter. Movement showing an easy catlike gracefulness. Excels equally as a pointer in the field, or a retriever in the water. Coat is hard and coarse, never curly or wooly, with a thick undercoat of fine hair, giving an unkept appearance. His easy trainability, devotion to the family and friendly temperament endear him to all. The nickname of " SUPREME GUNDOG" is well earned.
The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is a rough-coated, strong and graceful, medium sized hunting dog. It has a large, long head, square muzzle and soft, thick, bushy eyebrows, beard and mustache. The neck is rather long, without dewlap and the skull is the same lenght from the top to occiput, as from nose to stop. The eyes are large and elliptical with brown or yellowish irises. It has a lively but mild expression. The medium sized ears lie flat and close to the head. The nose is always brown. The teeth should meet in a scissors bite. The ear are pendent. The body is slightly longer then it is tall. the limbs are vigorous and muscular. The straight topline slopes gently downward from withers to the tail. The tail is docked to about 1/2 to 2/3 its lenght and is carried horizontally. The chest extends to the elbows and is moderate in width to allow the dog freedom of movement. The front legs are straight. The feet are rounded with webbed toes. Dewclaws should be removed. The straight, hard wiry outer coat is lined with a fine but thick downy undercoat. Coat texture varies depending on the percentage of wiry vs. soft hair. Coat care and the type of dog food can affect coat texture. The wiry coat does not shed but must be stripped so new hair can grow. The coat come in silver and steel-grey with chestnut or roam markings, or in solid chestnut.