This breed was created in the second half of the 19th century in the Netherlands. Its representatives have a highly developed sense of smell. They are exceptional helpers in hunting and good swimmers, weather conditions and difficult terrain does not frighten them. Today these intelligent, energetic and beloved dog hunters are very rare outside France and Netherlands and puppies for sale are still very expensive.
In 1873, Edward Karel Korthals started breeding the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon. He noticed that this dog possesses robust attitude, resistance to all weather conditions and high intelligence. His breeding begun with 20 dogs: two water Spaniels, three spaniels, seven Griffons, a Pointerized Setter and a French Pointer. Ten years later, the Griffon Kothals was established as a separate breed. 16 breeders, including Edward Korthals signed a standard, which is published by Jean Casting in a special book for these dogs.
The breed is characterized by a strong, robust body. The head is large, long, covered with a hard, dense, not very long hair, and branched eyebrows and mustache. The stop is average. The muzzle is long, strong, almost square. The eyes and nose are dark brown. The ears are large, hanging, rounded at the end. The legs are strong and muscular, well muscled. The paws are oval and massive, with tightly fingers. Most often the tail is carried horizontally or slightly raised; docked in an early age. The coat consists of hard hair, which require periodic care to maintain in good condition. Coloration is a two-tone (gray with some brown spots) or single color (reddish brown).
The average height of these beautiful dogs is between 50 and 60 cm and their weight – between 27 and 30 kg.
Character and behavior
The French wire-haired Korthals Griffon is a very friendly, loving, social and devoted dog, which is strongly attached to its owners and likes to be close to them. Loneliness would affect badly on its behavior and is not recommended to be grown by people who have little free time.
Training and education
The Korthals Griffon is smart, good-natured, sociable and devoted dog with a calm temperament and balanced nervous system. It is easily amenable to training. It has excellent field hunting qualities, and works wonderful in water. It is a faithful and trustworthy companion.
The breed is prone to hip dysplasia, thyroid problems and eye infections, but generally is characterized by good health. The average life expectancy is between 10 and 12 years.
Grooming and care
The apartments are not suitable for this breed, as it needs a lot of movement to spend its energy and feel good. Its representatives succumb easily and quickly learning, but because of their gentle nature can be grown by people with no experience in raising dogs. The coat of the Korthals griffon needs regular brushing and trimming two or three times a year.
These are highly active dogs. They need daily walks, exercise and games. They are perfect companions for jogging and swimming. If they get bored, they can develop behavior problems, destructiveness and sometimes even aggressiveness.
Children and other pets
These dogs have no problems in coexistence with children and other dogs, but small pets are not a suitable company for them, as they have strong hunting instincts.
The famous canine author Ronan de Kermadec says about the French Wire-haired Korthals Griffon:
"The result is a dog with great character and a homogeneity that makes us think his natural job is to run and chase.”
The inherent qualities of the breed also explain its success: the number of annual births in France placed it 3rd among continental pointers after the Brittany Spaniel and the German Shorthaired Pointer.