This breed of gundog was developed originally by a Dutch enthusiast called Edward Korthals, who started his quest in 1874. Unfortunately, a clear picture of its ancestry is not available, although it is known that Korthals began with a grey and brown Griffon bitch and, apart from other Griffons, various setters and pointers may also have been used. For part of the time, Korthals worked in France for the Duke of Penthievre, and so this country is officially listed as the homeland of the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon.
Coat Type/Colour: Wiry; Chestnut and White
Height: 21 ½ – 23 ½ Inch (54.5 – 59.5 cm)
Weight: 50 – 60 lb (22.7 – 27.2 kg)
Classification: Sporting/ Gundog
Nature: Dedicated, hard-working, loyal
This new breed was being shown in 1888 in Britain, but has since faded from the scene here, although it is recognized by both the American and Canadian Kennel Clubs. Even so, it is scarce in these countries, being concentrated in the hands of a few breeders and used mainly for working rather than show purposes. The Wire-haired Pointing Griffon is relatively slow in the field, but possesses a keen nose. It is a tough breed, with its hard coat offering good protection in marshy surroundings, and it can also swim if necessary. It is either solid chestnut in colour, or chestnut with steel-grey or white markings. These are dogs that need plenty of exercise, and that establish a strong bond with their owners.