by Doris Donnerman
(last updated February 20, 2009)
The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon originated in Holland, yet is regarded as a French breed. This dog, first brought to the United States in 1901, is the only pointing breed with a harsh coat that is recognized by the American Kennel Club. There have been periods of times when this dog enjoyed spurts of popularity, but those periods have not lasted long. Generally, the dog's general physical features (lack of speed, appearance, coat texture, and color) have kept him from being popular with the American sportsman.
The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is a dog of medium size, fairly short-backed, rather low on his legs. He is strong-limbed, everything about him indicating strength and vigor. The coat is harsh and short, stiff and never curly, while the under coat is downy. This dog is very intelligent and trains easily. The eyes are large, open, and full of expression. The nose is always brown while the rest of the dog may be steel gray with chestnut splashes, or gray-white with chestnut splashes, even chestnut with dirty white splashes. It is never black.
The male dog stands from the shoulders between 21-1/2 to 23-1/2 inches, while the female height is about two inches shorter.
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