FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What’s the difference between and the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon and the German Wirehaired Pointer?

The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon was  developed in Holland, France and Germany at the end of the nineteenth century, the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is especially adapted for swampy country, as his harsh coat makes for great protection. Not to be confused with the German Wirehaired Pointer, the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon has a face furnished with a prominent mustache and eyebrows. The straight, wiry coat, which covers the entire body, gives a comical, untidy appearance. It is preferably steel gray with brown markings; chestnut brown; roan, white and brown; or white and orange. The coat requires grooming to keep it healthy. This is an intelligent dog who is easy to train and very willing to please. Outgoing, loyal and trustworthy, he makes a great hunting dog and a wonderful addition to a family.

The  German Wirehaired Pointer is a entirely different breed than the Griffon

The GWP Breed standard calls for a dog that is about 2 inches taller than a Griff.

The coat is usually shorter with less undercoat.  The major  difference between the two  breeds is their style of hunting and the way they cover ground.  The German Wirehaired Pointer is a bigger running dog with a different style of pointing.  He points with head up and tail erect whereas the Griff tends to be a closer working dog.  The Griffon is has been bred for a walking hunter.

Q: What is the Griffon’s coat like?

The coat is one of the distinguishing features of the breed. It is a double coat. The outer coat is medium length, straight and wiry, never curly or woolly. The harsh texture provides protection in rough cover. The obligatory undercoat consists of a fine, thick down, which provides insulation as well as water resistance. The undercoat is more or less abundant, depending upon the season, climate, and hormone cycle of the dog. It is usually lighter in color. The head is furnished with a prominent mustache and eyebrows. These required features are extensions of the undercoat, which gives the Griffon a somewhat untidy appearance. The hair covering the ears is fairly short and soft, mixed with longer harsh hair from the coat. The overall feel is much less wiry than the body. The legs, both front and rear, are covered with denser, shorter, and less coarse hair.

The coat on the tail is the same as the body; any type of plume is prohibited. The breed should be exhibited in full body coat, not stripped short in pattern. Trimming and stripping are only allowed around the ears, top of head, cheeks and feet. (excerpt from the AKC Breed Standard)

Q: How large will a Wirehaired Pointing Griffon grow?

As in most breeds, males are usually bigger than females . Typically, females stand 20-22 inches at the withers (shoulders) and weigh between 45 and 55 pounds fully grown. Fully grown males stand 22 to 24 inches at the withers and weigh 50 to 70 pounds.

Q: Is my home suitable for a Griffon ?

Wirehaired Pointing Griffons do not make good kennel dogs. Griffs love being with people and hate to be ignored and are happiest if kept in the house. Most breeders look for a home where their puppy will be a house dog with a fenced yard.   However, people living in apartments can have Wirehaired Pointing Griffons very successfully if they take proper precautions.

Q: Does a Griffon need much exercise? Like all dogs, Griffons need regular exercise. The ideal situation would be daily healthy 20+ minute romps in large areas away from major roads.  Because most people do not have access to places that allow dogs to roam off leash , they have to tailor their dog’s exercise to their situation, especially  suburban settings. Some people bring their Griffs to parks or rural areas for runs, to a lake for a swim, jog with their dogs etc. If you enjoy  the outdoors, then a Wirehaired Pointing Griffon just might be the breed for you and your family.

Even though they are energetic dogs when outdoors, Griffs adapt very well to being in the house and usually settle right down and curl up for a nap..

Q: How do Wirehaired Pointing Griffons mix with children?

Griffs are one of the  best breeds to have around children. The extremely laid-back and loving nature of Griffon mean they do very well with children. Many Griff breeders prefer to place puppies in homes where the children are older and more responsible -age 6 or older.

Q: Is a Griffon  a good watch dog?

Most Griffs usually alert the family by barking when someone comes to the door. Others would give the house away Q: Do Wirehaired Pointing Griffons have many genetic problems? All breeds have some genetic problems. Fortunately, Wirehaired Pointing Griffon have relatively few, but you should be aware of the following:

Canine Hip Dysplasia. This is an inherited abnormality of the hip joint that can lead to  problems later in life. Responsible breeders x-ray the hips of their breeding stock and evaluate their suitability for breeding. The annual hip dysplasia rate in the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon has remained around 7% for seven years, due to responsible breeding practices.  There is no way to guarantee that you will not get a puppy with hip dysplasia, but you can increase your chances for good hips by making sure both parents have been OFA’d. Ask the breeder to explain the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA)  to you and to tell you which dogs in the pedigree have had their hips certified as showing no evidence of dysplasia.

Q: Should I get a male or a female? This depends on your personal preferences and what you want in the personality of your dog. In this breed, males are usually mellow, get along well with other dogs (including males of other breeds),. Females are also mellow but are more likely to test an owner to see how much they can get away with.

Q: Should I get a puppy or an adult?

Puppies are really, really cute, but if you don’t have time to devote to training and socialization, you owe it to your family and the dog to get an adult  instead. If you have very young kids, an adult is probably more appropriate for you until your children are older.

Q: What is a normal lifespan for a Griffon?

Normally, a Griff who is given proper care, nutrition, and exercise lives to about 12 years of age. With luck, they can go to age 14 or 15. A Griffon’s prime is about age 4 to 7.

Q: Where can I locate A Wirehaired Pointing Griffon?

Wirehaired Pointing Griffons are relatively rare. Only a small number of litters are born every year all across North America. The small number of litters may make your search  a bit more arduous .If you are lucky enough to have an Griff breeder living near you can pick your puppy up at the breeders home, If not you will probably need to have your puppy shipped to you. It may take some time and perhaps a long wait, but it’s worth it to become one of the few who own a Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, a breed that is delight to live with and that turns heads wherever it goes. Be prepared to answer the question “What kind of dog is that”? daily..