The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is rough coated and shaggy. They are a loyal friend and a wonderful hunting dog. They are a loving hunting dog breed with a good sense of humor—a perfect match for an energetic family! However, the Wirehaired Pointing Griffons are not only great pets. They are versatile hunting dogs with remarkable pointing and retrieving instincts. So, if you are looking for both a home companion and a gun dog, this hunting dog is for you.
These hunting dogs are very playful and friendly, and they don’t look all too serious, but put them in the field and they’ll show you they aren’t called a supreme hunting dog for nothing. The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is known for pointing and retrieving with deliberate style. They are passionate about hunting, combining the ability to be directed by their owner with the capability of making independent quick thinking. They are a superb pointer and retriever, on land and in the water. Wirehaired Pointing Griffons wiry coat, bushy eyebrows, beard and mustache protect them from harsh weather and thick shrubs, as he will enter briars or underbrush without hesitation. Besides hunting, these hunting dogs are successful in other areas too, including obedience trials, agility contests as well as search and rescue.
These hunting dogs are generally not dominant. They respond well to obedience training that uses a light hand and calm voice. They are intelligent and learn new tasks or tricks fast.
The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon has a wiry coat with a fine and soft undercoat, providing perfect protection in any wet environment. They also sport thick eyebrows, mustache and goatee—contributing to their friendly facial expression. There coat is steel gray with brown markings. Other colors are chestnut brown, white and brown, roan, white and orange, brown, white or white and orange and black. The Griffon is generally a medium sized hunting dog. Males can stand 22 to 24 inches at the shoulder and weigh 50 to 60 pounds. Females can stand 20 to 24 inches at the shoulder and weigh 45 to 55 pounds.
This rugged, athletic breed of hunting dog has a pleasant disposition, willing to please and sometimes comical. They are amiable toward strangers (in a politely aloof way) as well as other pets—making them a perfect addition to the family. It should be noted though that like all whiskery hunting dogs, the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is a sloppy drinker. Their beard soaks up water, creating a trail on the floor. So be prepared to clean up more often if you particularly fastidious about cleanliness. Also, if you are looking to own a Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, make sure that you are physical active and can devote time and attention for your new hunting dog. This is because this hunting dog breed needs vigorous daily exercise such as jogging, walking or hiking. They will also need companionship and personal attention; solitary confinement can make it restless and anxious. It is prone to barking excessively if not given enough physical exercise or mental stimulation.
Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is perfect for long-term companionship. They are generally healthy but are prone to certain health conditions like progressive retinal atrophy (gradual deterioration of the retina) and hip dysplasia (which can be inherited from parents). These hunting dogs are playful and active. It is not for apartment life. They like jogging, playing games, running in the field and especially swimming. Therefore, exercise should be a part of its daily routine. They can be prone to ear problems, so make it a point to keep the ears clean. This may include plucking the hair in the canal region regularly. Regular brushing and dead hair removal are also recommended as dead hairs can gather into a tangled mess and may cause skin irritation. Wirehaired Pointing Griffons average life span is between 10 and 12 years.