Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
Holanda Alemania Francia FCI 107 . Griffon type

Grifón Korthals

Vigorous, fiery and proud, the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon he is very attached to his master and his territory, who watches.



The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon It is a breed of dog of French origin. Their ancestors are Dutch, but shown as a French race, It was in France where he developed.

This breed is still relatively rare in the Americas as well as in United Kingdom, Although it is recognized by their respective Kennel Clubs, as well as the Federation Cynologique Internationale (CRF not. 107).

Grifón de muestra Korthals de pelo duro

The culprit of the existence of Korthals Griffon was a man named Eduard Karel Korthals, born the 16 in November of 1851 in Amsterdam to, He was the son of a rich manufacturer of ships which possessed a strong interest in the breeding of hunting dogs, to the extent that his son inherited that passion and as a result and the ability for business, the beautiful was born Griffon, protagonist of this post.

His dream was to create the ideal hunting dog, versatile, with extreme resistance, force and devotion to his master. The dog, also, I would have to know working near his master, be docile and very capable of learning. In 1873 to the 22 years of age and with the financial support of his father, He settled near some friends in Hesse (Germany) a region known for its great fondness for hunting with dogs and dedicated itself to the breeding of purebred dogs Griffon.

Four years later, one of his friends, the prince of Solms-Braunfels, I am confident the management of his kennel "Bibesheim" (was then, the most famous of Germany) It was devoted especially to the breeding of dogs English Pointer, This change in his life not prevented it for nothing, continue with the development of their race Griffon.

Soon Eduard Korthals became one of the largest breeders nationwide, very proud and sure of his work of selection, breeding began with seven specimens of Griffon of different kinds, hard hair, woolly hair, barbets, a mestizo German short hair, etc. He called "The seven Patriarcar" and their names were: Bank, Hector, Janus, Satan, Donna, Junon and Mouche. Thus begins the story that after twenty years, resulted in the birth of a specific race of Griffon with wire hair, Griffon, with blood of “Pointer” (Although not pure, then we have) and beautiful dog, it must be said ...

We must also tell which, Eduard Korthals carried out ruthless work in his breeding program, with very close consanguinity coupling and many deaths on the road, well Yes..., the history has beautiful parts and others less so. Y, Here comes the bomb! A total of 600 dogs, only kept alive to 62 and he made them work in the Woods, in swamps, in Plains, in different seasons, to see how they worked in different situations and hunting tasks.

In creating your Wirehaired Pointing, Korthals did not use all the blood purity of the English Pointer, because after having tried, realized that the mixture led to his Griffon lose some of its most important features.

With his method of consanguinity, exhaustive selection and unit, the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon It was of such quality that many specialists in the canine world in Germany, in Belgium, in the Netherlands, in France and several parts of Europe, they were stunned, Given the Korthals had created a dog like no other, a dog with an essential width, a high speed in search, a well-developed sense of smell and, In short, its versatility.

The 15 in November of 1887, supported by the contributions of a Commission formed by 16 reputed breeders and chaired by the Prince of Solm-Braunfels (who years earlier had been entrusted to Eduar Korthals-- the management of his kennel "Bibesheim"), Eduar Korthals wrote the standard of Korthals Griffon, that curiously never amended since then. The following year, He created a Club specializing in race whose objective was to bring together all the lovers of the Griffon Griffon wire-haired in several countries and until his death in 1896, He devoted himself to the improvement and dissemination of their race. He died of laryngeal cancer 4 in July of 1896 in the hatchery Bibeishem.

But despite his death, his ideas continued living, then many followers and friends as Baron Gingins (Switzerland), Charles Prudommeaux (France) and the Sr. Leliman (Netherlands) they continued their valuable work, turning to improving your Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, and the diffusion of the breed throughout Europe and even in United States and Canada. It was the 8 in June of 1951, on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Eduar Korthals What, the “Wirehaired Griffon French Club” decided to associate the name of Korthals the race, to perpetuate the memory of its creator, and in honor of all their achievements and life dedicated to the task of breeding. Hence the name "Korthals Griffon”.

The first specimen recorded in the American Kennel Club Origin Book was a Korthals Griffon called "Zolette", in the year 1887. However, the Griffon was still - relatively- unknown, It was recorded as "Russian Setter" (Griffon)”, by its supposed Russian heritage. It was not until 1916, Twenty-nine years later, the breed was officially recognized in United States.

In the same year, sixteen copies of Korthals Griffon participated in the “Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show”, one of United States most prestigious dog shows. Since then, the race was growing in popularity, not only as a dog of exposure and company, but also a versatile hunting dog (that was the original intention of Korthals when he created the breed). For the most part, the race retains its original features: medium-sized, layer hard, good degree of training capacity and resistant in the field and in the ring.

Physical characteristics

The Korthals Griffon is a medium-sized dog with a hard and rough coat. The males measure of 55 - 60 cm de altura a la cruz y las hembras de 53 a 66 cm.. The weight should be proportional to the size and bone structure. In general, the weight varies from 20,5 a 31,75 kg. Males are usually larger and heavier than females bones. 50 - 55 cm.. With respect to weight males are placed in 25-30 kg and females in 20-25 kg. According to the AKC standard, the hair must be color steel (grey) with brown spots. Other acceptable colors are chestnut, White and Brown, Ruano and, Orange and white. It has ears falls and well attached to the head, his eyes are yellow or Brown and the nose should always be Brown. Contrary to some publications that say that the Griffon does not lose or shed its hair, We must clarify that it does, but to a lesser extent than other breeds.

There are dogs very similar to Griffon Korthal in other countries, both in appearance and temperament:

Character and skills

The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is defined as an intelligent dog, extremely friendly and eager to please its owner. They tend to keep their playful nature typical of puppy to adulthood. They are also known for their Adaptive temperament.

The Korthals Griffon it is above all a hunting dog, resistant, powerful and brave. It is an outdoor dog that needs a garden to keep its instincts sharp. Not a suitable breed of dog for apartment living, since it is very likely that confinement will cause anxiety attacks or greater nervousness that leads you to destroy everything. They need a lot of exercise to thrive, and they are tireless sporting dogs and very good swimmers. Therefore, their owners must be able to offer them long walks and games, beyond simple daily outings for your needs: this is necessary to keep you in good physical and psychological health. In fact, the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is an ideal candidate for canicross, el cani-VTT, the oberta or even the treasure hunt, that will fully satisfy your hunter instinct.

The majority of Korthals Griffon usually live long and healthy lives, and this is due to the seriousness of all organizations and breeders dedicated to this breed who have a strong commitment to the health of the breed and breeding programmes carried out that are mostly very picky, as a result if we look at the statistics of the OFA cases of congenital diseases are - relatively- low.


The Korthals Griffon he is an intelligent and cunning dog. These qualities make hunters happy… but the misfortune of inexperienced teachers, whose defects he takes advantage of. This dog can be undocile if it does not benefit from a firm education, consistent and not brutal. As much as saying that it is not an adapted breed as a first dog.

In addition, it is important to socialize the puppies as soon as possible so that they get used to the presence of different people and other animals. In effect, although they are not fearful in nature, the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon too isolated or too “protected” the outside world can be particularly nervous and difficult to adapt to everyday life.


Robustness is a fundamental characteristic of the Grifón Korthal: It is a breed of dog that does not fear cold or bad weather.

However, like all medium-sized dogs and large dogs, have a risk of hip dysplasia. Prostate disorders may also occur in some individuals.

Last but not least, it is recommended to monitor the coat and skin of individuals who do not live outdoors, to prevent the development of skin diseases in dogs due to allergies to industrial product residues present in the home (solvents, Cleaning products…).

Life expectancy

13 years


Although it is considered a dog “hypoallergenic” because of his low hair loss, the Grifón Korthal requires weekly brushing to keep its coat shiny. During the molting period (twice a year), more frequent brushing may be necessary.

It is also advised to clean the dog's ears regularly, especially after walks or bathing, to prevent the development of infections due to excess water inside the ear canal, or to the presence of residues or dirt. In case of redness or suspicious odors, consulting a vet is recommended.


Adopt a Wirehaired Pointing Griffon costs between 600 and 1000 EUR.

The price of a puppy Khortals varies by lineage, but also according to your sex: females tend to be more expensive than males.

Characteristics "Wirehaired Pointing Griffon"

Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a dog of the breed "Wirehaired Pointing Griffon" you know certain factors. Not all breeds of dogs are apt to live in an apartment, You must take into account their character, their need for exercise, their interaction with other pets, your care and if you have young children, their level of tolerance towards them.

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Images “"Wirehaired Pointing Griffon"“


1 – the first genuine Korthals Griffon in the USA to earn both a Grand Championship and the Advanced Master Hunter title by CarolPtak, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
2 – Adult Griffon dog standing by Liv klesta, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
3 – Griffon d’arrêt à poil dur Korthals by Pierre André, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
4 – running Korthals Griffon by CarolPtak, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
5 – Wirehaired Pointing Griffon by Pets Adviser from Brooklyn, USA, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
6 – Wirehaired Pointing Griffon by Canarian, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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Type and recognitions:

  • Group 7: Pointing Dogs.
  • Section 1: Continental Pointing Dogs. 1.3: Griffon type. With working trial.


  • FCI – Group 7: Pointing Dogs. – Section 1: Continental Pointing Dogs. 1.3: Griffon type
  • AKCSporting group
  • ANKCSporting Group, Gundog
  • CKCSporting Group, Gundog
  • ​KC – Sporting Group, Gundog
  • NZKCSporting Group, Gundog
  • UKCGun Dog

FCI breed standard "Wirehaired Pointing Griffon"

FCIFCI – "Wirehaired Pointing Griffon"
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Alternative names:

    1. Korthals Griffon (English).
    2. Korthals, Griffon Korthals (French).
    3. Griffon à Poil Dur, Griffon Korthals (German).
    4. Korthals (Portuguese).
    5. Grifón Korthals, Korthals (Spanish).
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