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Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

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Quiet and Mild-Mannered

Devoted, Eager to please, Skilled field dog

Wirehaired Pointing Griffons are extraordinary pets. While it is interesting to learn about the breeding purpose of Wirehaired Pointing Griffons, their genetics actually influence health, outward appearance and behavior. Some behaviors make the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon and some can be quite irritating! Understanding her unique needs will help you keep her healthy and will create a stronger bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about where she came, which health conditions are a risk to her and how to keep her feeling her best.

Breed Details

Height:20-24"; Female: 20-22" Weight:50-60 lbs Lifespan:10-13 years

Size
3

1=small 5=large

Grooming requirements
3

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
4

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
3

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
3

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
3

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: A Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is not suitable for apartment life. When exercised off leash, she should be in a fenced enclosure.

Grooming: Brush her coat as needed, at least weekly. Hand stripping is also required.

Dental: Wirehaired Pointing Griffons generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

Ear Care: Clean her ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!

The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is a lifelong puppy who loves her family! She is eager to please and wants to spend all of her time with you.

Positive Traits:

  • Quiet—not much of a barker

  • An excellent companion, family, or working dog

  • Good with children

  • Mild-mannered and easy to get along with

  • Requires only moderate grooming

  • Sensible watchdog

Negative Traits:

  • Needs a lot of exercise and mental stimulation

  • Needs frequent attention from her family

  • Sensitive by nature, a bit slow to mature

  • Can be headstrong when negative-reinforcement training methods are used

Whether you are considering adding a new Wirehaired Pointing Griffon to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Wirehaired Pointing Griffon will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. 

By exploring the health concerns specific to the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.

Some health concerns a Wirehaired Pointing Griffon could encounter:

Bloat

Hip and Elbow Dysplasia

Knee Problems

Allergies

Food Allergies

Ear Infections

Wirehaired Pointing Griffons were developed in the Netherlands during the early 1800s. Griffons were bred for an excellent nose and pointing and retrieving abilities, especially for upland birds. They crave human companionship and are good with children. Griffons are calm and even-tempered, but tend to be very active. Daily exercise is a must for this breed! They have low grooming needs and high trainability. Wirehaired Pointing Griffons have an average life span of 10-13 years.

Consult with a veterinarian if your Wirehaired Pointing Griffon shows signs of the following: 

  • Dry heaving or a large, tight, painful abdomen

  • General reluctance to run or play

  • Excessive licking or chewing, pawing at face and/or ears, head shaking, face rubbing

  • Symmetrical hair loss without itching

  • Increased hunger and thirst, weight loss

  • Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain

  • Soft, non-painful bulge near the belly button

  • Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors

  • Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

  • Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting

  • Cloudiness to eye lens

  • Dilated pupils in daylight, or increased "eye shine" at night

  • Fainting, weakness, cough, or shortness of breath during exercise


  • Care

    Routine Care: A Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is not suitable for apartment life. When exercised off leash, she should be in a fenced enclosure.

    Grooming: Brush her coat as needed, at least weekly. Hand stripping is also required.

    Dental: Wirehaired Pointing Griffons generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

    Ear Care: Clean her ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!

  • Characteristics

    The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is a lifelong puppy who loves her family! She is eager to please and wants to spend all of her time with you.

    Positive Traits:

    • Quiet—not much of a barker

    • An excellent companion, family, or working dog

    • Good with children

    • Mild-mannered and easy to get along with

    • Requires only moderate grooming

    • Sensible watchdog

    Negative Traits:

    • Needs a lot of exercise and mental stimulation

    • Needs frequent attention from her family

    • Sensitive by nature, a bit slow to mature

    • Can be headstrong when negative-reinforcement training methods are used

  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Wirehaired Pointing Griffon to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Wirehaired Pointing Griffon will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. 

    By exploring the health concerns specific to the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.

    Some health concerns a Wirehaired Pointing Griffon could encounter:

    Bloat

    Hip and Elbow Dysplasia

    Knee Problems

    Allergies

    Food Allergies

    Ear Infections

  • History

    Wirehaired Pointing Griffons were developed in the Netherlands during the early 1800s. Griffons were bred for an excellent nose and pointing and retrieving abilities, especially for upland birds. They crave human companionship and are good with children. Griffons are calm and even-tempered, but tend to be very active. Daily exercise is a must for this breed! They have low grooming needs and high trainability. Wirehaired Pointing Griffons have an average life span of 10-13 years.

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your Wirehaired Pointing Griffon shows signs of the following: 

    • Dry heaving or a large, tight, painful abdomen

    • General reluctance to run or play

    • Excessive licking or chewing, pawing at face and/or ears, head shaking, face rubbing

    • Symmetrical hair loss without itching

    • Increased hunger and thirst, weight loss

    • Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain

    • Soft, non-painful bulge near the belly button

    • Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors

    • Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

    • Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting

    • Cloudiness to eye lens

    • Dilated pupils in daylight, or increased "eye shine" at night

    • Fainting, weakness, cough, or shortness of breath during exercise


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