The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is a medium-sized dog who was bred to hunt alongside her master over all types of terrain. Similar dogs have existed for centuries, but the modern history of this breed begins in 1870s Netherlands. Dutchman Eduard Korthals developed a breeding program to create a versatile, trainable dog with extreme resiliency, vigor and devotion to her master. In less than 20 years, Korthals had fixed the new breed he called the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, written the breed standard and even formed a Griffon club.
As her name suggests, the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon has a wiry, coarse double coat that enables her to pursue her prey through brambles and brush. It is most often a steely gray with brown markings, but can also be chestnut brown, white and brown, roan, and white and orange. Her coat gives her a somewhat unkempt appearance, but regular brushing will keep its natural unruliness under control. As she is a hunting dog, she does require plenty of exercise to stay physically and mentally fit, but she is also known for being calmer than most field breeds when indoors.
As Korthals intended, the Griffon is easy to train, intelligent and an excellent hunting companion; but she is also friendly, eager to please and extremely people-oriented, making her a wonderful family companion. Most Griffons retain a puppy-like playfulness well into adulthood.
Although generally a healthy breed, the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect her health – and your budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is prone to include hip problems such as hip dysplasia; skin conditions such as follicular dysplasia; and eye problems such as progressive retinal atrophy.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Wirehaired Pointing Griffon inherits anything more than a penchant for pointing, you’re protected.