The wirehaired pointing Griffon was developed by Eduard Karel Korthals. He wanted to create a gun dog that had great strength and endurance, and was loyal to its master at the same time. He started breeding in 1874 using a female dog named Mouche and five male dogs, Janus, Satan, Banco, Hector, and Junon. The other breeds that are believed to have contributed to this one are some pointers from France and Germany, some continental Spaniels, and some English and French waterdogs. There is much speculation about this, but no concrete evidence is present.
The first dog of this breed to be entered into the American Kennel Club's (AKC) studbook was a dog named Zolette in the year 1887. However, it was still a relatively unknown breed at the time. It was officially recognized by the AKC in 1916.
This is a medium-sized breed. The males are between 22 to 24 inches (56 to 61 cm) tall and the females are between 20 to 22 inches (51 to 56 cm) tall. This dog weighs between 44 to 60 pounds.
The coat is harsh to touch and wiry. It comes in colors such as chestnut brown, roan, brown and white, or orange and white. The most preferred color is gray with brown markings. Undesirable colors are all-brown, all-white, or white and orange. A completely black coat is disqualified.
Even though house training this dog can be difficult at times, training in general is considered easy and enjoyable because of the intelligence of this breed. This breed does well with both experienced and inexperienced dog owners. It needs to be around its owners most of the time.
This breed needs a lot of mental stimulation and ways to let out its energy, or else it can get bored and possibly destructive. It is extremely playful. Along with being independent, it is also quite sensitive. Hence, training should not be harsh, but firm and consistent. Always reward the dog with food, play, or praise when it has done something correctly.
Start socialization from an early age, because this breed can become timid and fearful if not raised properly. Starting socialization early will result in a dog that is confident in itself and its owner. It is known to prefer older children to younger ones. It loves to chase cats, but other animals are perfectly fine. This is a good watchdog, not only with strangers, but any time it gets the impression that something is not right. It needs a patient owner who is understanding and has time to spend with it.
This is a relatively healthy breed with few health problems. Its life expectancy is 12-15 years. Like all dogs, this is a shedding breed. However, it sheds considerably lesser than other breeds. Most allergic reactions are brought about by a dog's dander and saliva.
The wirehaired pointing Griffon is a dog that is known for its trustworthy nature, and for the fact that it is always willing and ready to please those that it loves. It makes for a good house pet.