About the Breed (continued)
The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is a skilled field dog. Energetic, loving and intelligent. It is a superior gundog and tracker, and an excellent hunting companion. It points and retrieves with deliberate style, generally staying within the hunter's gun range. His style is especially good for hunters on foot. It combines independent action with the ability to be directed by the hunter. This breed is gifted with an exceptionally fine sense of smell and a great passion for the hunt. Lively and active, the breed works well in marshland and upland and is a fine pointer, flusher and water retriever. The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon's coat protects him from dense brush and bad weather. It is also an excellent family pet, being gentle and affectionate with children. The dog is very willing to please and is easily trained. Devoted and friendly, but some can be rather high-strung and nervous with strangers and unfamiliar situations but for the most part is generally friendly towards strangers, other dogs and pets. Socialize extensively when young to maximize this tendency. This breed is an excellent watchdog.
Height: 20-24 Inches (50 - 60 cm)
Some stripping and trimming is needed for show dogs. Pet dogs look best if groomed professionally twice a year. The harsh coat needs to be combed or brushed once or twice a week. The ears should be cleaned and plucked of hair within the canal in order to avoid ear problems. The griffon sheds little to no hair.
Weight: 50-60 Lbs (23 - 27 kg)
Life expectancy: 10 - 12 Years.