Medium sized and bred to cover all terrain encountered by the walking hunter, the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon has been called the "4-wheel drive of hunting dogs" as he will enter briars or underbrush without hesitation. Griffs excel equally as pointers in the field and as retrievers in the water. Their coarse double coat protects them in rough cover and gives them an unkempt appearance.
Links to Breed Descriptions:
The German Kennel Club (VDH) (Hint: your browser should be able to Translate to English, at least for text (e.g., right click in Google Chrome or Internet Explorer).)
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Other Names for Breed:
Griffon d'arrêt à poil dur Korthals
There are numerous breed standards.
The basis of breed/conformation shows is the judging of pedigree dogs against the 'Breed Standard', which is a picture in words that describes the range of features that are deemed appropriate for the breed.
Three of the major international standards are:
The American Kennel Club
The Kennel Club, UK
FCI (Federation Cynologique Internationale)
1. Swedish Insurance Data Breed-specific information on rates of disease and death from Agria Pet Insurance (Agria Djurförsäkring) is available for many breeds.
2. The American Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Association (AWPGA) Health and Pedigree Database
Breeding/Health Strategy Documents:
Health/Breeding Strategy Documents and Links:
The Kennel Club, UK: Breed Watch
Sweden: Breed-specific Breeding Strategies: (in Swedish) and/ or English summary
American Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Association: Breeder's Standard Practices
Breed-Specific DNA Tests:
The Kennel Club list of DNA tests available for each breed along with an indication as to whether the test is part of the Assured Breeder Scheme (recommended or required) and whether it is recorded on the Kennel Club registration database.
Other Breed-Specific Webpages:
Korthals Griffon UK
Korthals Griffon Health/Genetics
We are listing sites for breed clubs with health or other information that might be helpful. Follow links below.
Belgium: Royal Griffon - Club Belge Korthals
Canada: Griffon Korthals Field Club of Canada
France: Griffons Korthals Authentiques
Germany: Griffon-Club e.V. von 1888
The Netherlands: De Nederlandse Korthals Griffonclub
Italy: Club Italiano Griffone Korthals (C.I.G.K.)
USA: Korthals Griffon Club of America
USA: American Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Association