Wirehaired Pointing Griffons were bred for swamp-tromping: their weatherproof coats insulate them from water and cold temperatures, and protects them from critters and thorns. But these all-terrain dogs (Griffs, to their fans) can and will follow you just about anywhere. Today, Wirehaired Pointing Griffons are still largely valued for the jobs they were originally bred for: retrieving and — of course — pointing. Some also do therapy visits or search and rescue work.
Originally from France, this medium-sized and high-energy breed can grow to between 50-60 pounds and lives an average of 12-15 years. The breed is recognized by the American Kennel Club and classified as a member of the Sporting group.
AKC Recognized: Y
Breed's Original Pastime: Pointing, Retrieving
Breed Group: Sporting
Average Lifespan: 12-15
Bark Factor: Moderate
Energy level A marathoner
Exercise needs An hour or more a day
Playfullness and Games A few times per day would be divine
Attachment to People Give me some love when you get home, maybe we'll snuggle later
Behavior with Other Dogs Ok with early socialization and consistent training.
Behavior with Other Small Pets I may be ok, when socialized early and often
Behavior Toward Strangers I may be shy at first
Trainability It's fun, but I may lose focus
Watchdog ability I know all that's going on, all the time
Protection ability I can be somewhat protective
Grooming needs Regular brushing, probably professional grooming
Cold tolerance I'll probably need a jacket in the cold
Heat tolerance Above 70 degrees? Give me winter, please
BEHAVIOR & TRAINING
WHAT IS A WIREHAIRED POINTING GRIFFON'S PERSONALITY LIKE?
Wirehaired Pointing Griffons' funny, full beards add to their friendly facial expression. And the beards don't lie: these are amiable, outgoing, and eager dogs. This devoted breed gets along well with children and makes a wonderful family companion. Wirehaired Pointing Griffons are usually happy to meet strangers of the two- or four-legged variety.
WHAT IS WIREHAIRED POINTING GRIFFON BEHAVIOR LIKE?
This is a very active breed who loves to work and keep on working. Wirehaired Pointing Griffons are seemingly inexhaustible, and happy to go into just about any environment. This is a powerfully built, athletic dog, so plan for lots of daily exercise. (Think somewhere between 30 to 120 minutes every day, depending on your Griff's energy level, joints, and overall health.)
HOW EASY IS IT TO TRAIN A WIREHAIRED POINTING GRIFFON?
The quick-minded Wirehaired Pointing Griffon responds well to training. This sensitive smarty-paws responds to positive reinforcement like encouragement and praise. She likes to be near her people, so off-leash play in a safe traffic-free area might be possible.
You might think about channeling your Griff's smarts, strength and stamina into dog sports like obedience, rally, flyball, or agility.
CARE & HEALTH
HOW MUCH DO WIREHAIRED POINTING GRIFFONS SHED AND WHAT ARE THEIR GROOMING NEEDS?
The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is a seasonal shedder who requires occasional grooming. Griffs don't shed much, but their wiry coats will need regular hand stripping and brushing.
WHAT HEALTH PROBLEMS DO WIREHAIRED POINTING GRIFFONS HAVE?
As a breed, Wirehaired Pointing Griffons are generally healthy. Some are susceptible to elbow or hip dysplasia and eye disease. Those charming droopy ears should be kept clean to prevent infections.
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ARE WIREHAIRED POINTING GRIFFONS GOOD FOR PEOPLE WITH ALLERGIES?
The American Kennel Club doesn't list Wirehaired Pointing Griffons among its breeds recommended for allergy sufferers.
Remember that no breed is 100% hypoallergenic, and any breed can aggravate allergies. You can reduce your furry friend's impact on your allergies with frequent baths and brushings to reduce loose hairs and aggravating proteins in your pet's dander. Use a damp cloth to wipe off your dog after you've been playing outside. Smaller dogs have less surface area, and so produce comparatively less dander than larger breeds.
WHAT IS A WIREHAIRED POINTING GRIFFON'S BEST DAY?
Take your Wirehaired Pointing Griffon running or swimming with you. In all likelihood, you'll get tired way before she does.
SHOULD I ADOPT A WIREHAIRED POINTING GRIFFON?
This breed does well in the cold, but melts a bit in warm weather. More importantly, though, the happiest, healthiest Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is a Griff on the go. Making sure this dog has enough physical and mental activity is going to be a big part of your everyday routine. If your regular workouts have space for a canine coach, the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon would love to cheer you on.
Have you decided that a Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is the perfect dog for you? Why not be your new best friend's hero and adopt a rescue! Be sure to check out our article on what to expect when you're adopting a dog or cat.