Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

Sharp, versatile, and outgoing, I can feel right at home with a hunting party or in the family pool. Griffs are quite happy, loving, and social, if somewhat reserved. My bark is more to welcome strangers than scare them off. I’m eager to please and known as a bit of a clown. I’m good with older children and can be protective. Socialization to new people and situations will avoid timidity in adulthood.

A skilled hunter with great endurance, I need real exercise—a run or a swim—every day: no languid stroll around the block for me! I’m more attuned to country life than city life and prefer cold weather over hot climates. I’m very intelligent and easy to train, and I excel at obedience, agility, and tracking competitions. As a hunter I’m quite versatile and effective in all terrain. New dog owners find me easy to manage.

I’m sturdy and agile at 20 to 24 inches tall, and I weigh 50 to 60 pounds. I have a double coat of steel gray and chestnut brown or roan markings. My coat is harsh, wiry, and weather resistant. Shedding is minimal; weekly combing and occasional stripping of dead hairs is all the grooming I need. Do keep my ears clean and dry, especially after a swim, and check regularly for infection.

Potential health issues to watch for include hip dysplasia, ear inflammation, and eye problems. With a good diet and plenty of exercise, I’ll be a trusted member of the family who keeps you smiling for 12 to 14 years.