The griffs are of medium size, with all-purpose goons standing no more than 24 at the shoulder. They are known for an extremely stiff and shiny coat which gives them a natural, impeccable look. The preferred color is steel gray with brown markings. A gorgeous mustache and eyebrows frame large, round eyes that glow with a deep intelligence. Griffes is the very picture of an honest, hardworking sport dog whose beautiful appearance is the result of a great and unaffected savagery rather than fussy.
In the 1800s, players in Continental Europe had a passion for breeding Hunting Dogs of great versatility. These included Dutchman Eduard Korthal, the son of a wealthy banker. Through judicious crosses of several breeds, Korthal developed a dog that can serve as an indicator on dry land and an excellent water retrieval with webbed toes for swimming. While working in Germany and finally, France, Korthal refined his breed. Since Korthal’s time, partisans have argued over whether the griffs are properly Dutch or French breeds.
Medium size, with a great, square-shaped head, strong limb, born to cover all areas encountered by walking hunters. An easy cat-like movement. Excel equally as a pointer in the field, or as a retriever in the water. The coat is stiff and rough, never curly or woolly, with a thick undercoat of fine hair, giving an impeccable appearance. He is loved by everyone for his easy training ability, dedication to family and friendly nature. The nickname “Supreme Gundog” is well-earned
The gestation period in lasts for 60-64 days The primary period of the reproductive cycle of the female is called Proestrus and goes on for around 9 days. During this time the females begin to draw in males. The subsequent part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive to the male. It goes on for around 3 to 11 days. The third part is the Diestrus. Usually, it happens around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for distinctive red and reaching its end. The vulva gets back to average, and she will no longer allow mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time span between heat periods ordinarily keeps going around a half year. The litter size ranges between 6 to 8 puppies at a time’
The minimally shedding griffon coat has a rigid outer coat with a soft, insulating undercoat. The breed requires weekly brushing or combing, regular nail trimming, and tooth brushing, as well as occasional trimming around the feet and ears. Some coats may need to be stripped from time to time to encourage the development of a new coat. Like all dogs with drop ears, Griffon can develop ear infections, so regular cleaning and breaking of the ear canal hair is recommended.
Modern WPG still has the qualities Korthal envisioned a century ago. A versatile gundog with a high level of training ability, Griffon excels in upland birds, waterfowl, and foggy hunting. He is a deliberate, thorough and tireless worker with an intense desire to please his boss. Initial introduction to game birds and exposure to hunting conditions will bring out the best in this hunting companion. Local AKC Pointing-Breed Clubs as well as North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association chapters can help owners maximize Griffon’s hunting potential with expert training advice for hunting all types of game birds. Positive and consistent training is best for Griffon.
Gryphons are social animals that require a lot of attention, constant training, time and patience. Griffons do not make good full-time kennel dogs. They are particularly active as puppies, and are very intelligent, socially and physically powerful as adults. They require considerable mental and physical challenges on a daily basis, or they can be bored, unhappy, and / or destructive. The ideal griffon home is one in which people are active and incorporate the dog into their daily routine. A griffon whose mental, emotional, and physical needs are met on a daily basis can be an exceptionally enjoyable and easy-to-live companion.
Wirehair pointing griffons should perform well on high quality dog food, whether it is commercially manufactured or prepared at home with the supervision and approval of your vet. Any diet should be appropriate for the age of the dog (puppy, adult, or senior). Some dogs are at risk of being overweight, so watch your dog’s calorie consumption and weight level. Treatment training can be an important aid, but giving too much can lead to obesity. Know which human foods are safe for dogs and which are not. Contact your vet if you have any concerns about your dog’s weight or diet. Clean, fresh water must be available at all times.
There are several health and genetic screening considerations specific to Griffon. While the incidence of hip dysplasia in Griffon is relatively low, it is still important that Dam and Saria obtain OFA or PenHIP clearance. Some breeders also receive medical approval for eye, heart, elbow and thyroid conditions.
Recommended health tests from the National Breed Club: