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Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

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Griffs, as they are referred by their fanciers, are the unsung darlings of the versatile hunting world.  Germans developed a fascination with creating an all around hunting dog that could still excel while retrieving, pointing and flushing.  Other breeds among them, the Weimaraner, were developed with the same goals.  For today's hobby hunter seeking a delightful, steady companion, one would likely conclude that the Griff achieved the goal.  If there is a fault in the Griff (by today's standards) it is that it does excel and prefer to have the steady companionship of its people.  The average two career household that can only attend to the dog as an afterthought during the week is likely not an ideal choice for this loving, active, canine athelete. Generally low-key and subdued with people they are energetic and highly focused in the field, a work ethic that can be directed to other activities like Agility, Obedience and other dog sport.  Regardless, the Griff is a great choice for the family that seeks a companion for an activity.  They are not at their happiest as sofa decorations but outside pursuing a ball, frisbee or other prey.

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General Information
Group(s): SportingPointer-Setter Height: 20-24 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 55-75 pounds is usual Longevity: 12 years
Colors: gray with brown markings; chesnut brown, roan; white and brown and white and orange are all acceptable Coat type: double with harsh, relatively long and wavy outercoat and very dense downy undercoat
Recognized Registries: NCA, ANKC, AKC, UKC, CKC, KC, FCI and others
Overall Appearance: Relatively compact, powerful, medium sized dog ideally suited for accompanying a walking hunter for long days. Longer in body with sloping neck to accomodate water work, of notable substance but not heavy. Head is square with good length of muzzle for retrieving responsibilities. Coat is both a breed characteristic and exceptionally suited for warmth and water repelling to suit the work and terrain.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: high when working or outside; relaxed when inside
General Nature: intelligent, devoted, not suited for lifestyles that separate them from their people, best kept as inside pets when not working
  with Children: very good if properly reared and socialized with kids
  with other pets: very good if properly socialized although some pet birds and others can be problematic for the hunting dog that has not met these animals before
  with dogs: generally very good but tends to be disinterested in other dogs when working
Socialization requirements: moderate; as with all very intelligent breeds, the Griff can overwork and worry a situation that is unfamiliar; heavy socializing early on gives the dog the ability to assess situations confidently
Ideal home characteristics: Dedicated to attention and exercise requirements; Appreciates working ethic and finds a safe outlet for it; Some moderate training experience or access to a knowledgable trainer
Temperament Notes: Intelligent, Sensitive, Inclined to shyness if not properly handled when young; Anxiety issues can be the result of poor handling and can cause aggression and other issues; Very Very adaptable to their environment
Training requirement: moderate; socializing, basic manners and some aspect of play, retrieving,etc.
Trainer notes: Fabulous training partner.  So intelligent and responsive they often seem intuitive.  Lack of desired response is most often (99%) of the time due to misunderstanding or lack of communication rather than a refusal.  Refusals can occur as a result of unfair training methods however.  Difficulty in training a Griff is often an indication that the trainer needs more help than the dog.
Background Information
Year range of first recognition: 1800s
Country of Origin: Germany
Original Function: Versatile Hunting Dog - Retriever, Pointer
History: Developed in Germany as the supreme companion to the hunter on foot.
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard: over size, overly refined, improper coat, light eyes, poor topline,
Health Notes: hip dysplasia, some eye problems, ear problems from neglect
Health Testing: OFA, CERF
Questions to ask Breeder:  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!

  • How long have you had Griffs?
  • Do you intend to keep a puppy from this litter?
  • What do you consider good Griff temperament?
  • What do you use to select your breeding stock? Field or conformation titles? Health clearances?
  • Can you provide copies of OFA and CERF certificates?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • Are your puppies microchipped?
  • At what age do you send your pups to their future homes?
  • Do you have any advice for training or socializing a Griff?
  • What would you consider an ideal home for a Griff?
  • What would you consider the qualities of an ideal home for a Griff?
  • What health issues have you observed in the breed?
Web Sites: - WPG Rescue as part of the AKC Parent Club, American Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Association, also contains good articles on finding a breeder, becoming a breeder and a story of a rescue named Gracie

Other Resources
Breed standard: - Site with the AKC standard of the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

Breeder Ethics: - Posted that it will be online soon at the site for the AKC Parent Club of the WPG

Other: The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Club of America (not the same as the American Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Association) is not associated with the AKC or other registries.  This in and of itself is not a cause for concern, however, while their site is very slick and polished it lacks content that should be of concern to any responsible breeder or owner such as breeder ethics, health concerns and testing and notations as to the requirements of a good home for the WPG.  Instead, a great deal of effort is spent documenting the exceptional qualities of the WPG and how well suited they are for a variety of homes.  While this is no doubt true, the virtues would not be able to overcome a home that lacks the time, commitment or other aspects of care the dog would require.  DigitalDog makes no recommendation except to encourage and insure (as much as to our ability) that information is available to prepare the prospective family for screening and assessing their own future companion and its source.
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