Basically pointer, equally retriever, the Griffon is one the power-hub dogs, excel in speed stamina and sensitivity for their job, remarkable strength and grasp over a variety of terrain, situational and environmental affordability, enhanced penetrating skills through dense forestry, bushes, tunnels, on fields and in water, daring to face without reluctance all such behaviors are embraced and appreciated as the warmest companion at hunt. Besides a caring and affectionate, love-bonded and family dependant play mate of its family, eager to noticed, thrives when accompanied, prefer to be a house dog with prominent status the Griffon would be the best selection for lively and energetic families.
The breed is medium in size, compact presentation of physique and mind holds prominent position among other competent wirehaired pointers. The dog is said to be the four-wheel drive in reference to strength and speed. Weather and climatic protection is achieved by its coarser double coat, thick rather rough contributed to uncombed appearance, color is mostly steel gray added with brown markings. The efficient gait is dignified and tireless, flow and running like a cat they possess grace, further friendly expression is contributed by their exuberant facial furnishing.
History is filled with mentioning of Griffon dog but the exact origin is still not known. One hunter of Dutch nationality E.K Korthals, urged a dog able to company on all terrain structures; he developed Wirehaired Pointing Dog Griffon in 19th century after a dedicated hard work of two decades. Although proper documentation about creation and development of Griffon breed is not found, however some suggests that this breed resulted from crossing Otterhounds, various Setters, Pointers and or Spaniels. Amazing abilities of versatile hunter and sporting dog Griffon achieved popularity among the people with rapid acceleration. The breed was introduced and registered with AKC in 1887 as supporting and gundog.
The Griffon is skilled in field applications, accurate pointer, flushing birds to form target for hunter and finally retrieve over land and water with equal passion. As a gundog, they direct human hunter accurately, flexible structure to endeavor long time hunt tirelessly. Besides hunting ability, the Griffon dogs are readily appreciated for adaption as family pet. They stay absolutely loyal, devoted and bonded to family, willing to work in house, quite amiable and eager to please others, some comical touch and amusing nature, they tend to accompany the peoples not letting them bored, mostly greet strangers, accept other dogs and pets. This humor dog proved an efficient pet for lively, challenging and adventurous families.
Strengthen physique and stamina rightly demands exertion to satisfy mental and physical requirements, tricky plays, games, jogging, running and walking all could be managed, Griffon love swimming, thrives when accompanied indoors as well as out fields. They are equally suited for rural and city life, harsh, wiry and courser coat need extensive care and maintenance, brushing regularly to avoid matting, entangling, trimming twice a year or when needed are some activities needed for their grooming and upkeep. Further, this breed is prone to ear problems, periodic visit with veterinary experts to avoid any infection is mandatory.
Having human-like intelligent Griffon is easy to train, they respond well to new challenges. Happy nature Griffons, further making them suitable to adapt the multi-pet environment. Socialization is welcomed, they tend to co-operate with other dogs at home, they are said to be the non-dominating breed. The breed is non-shedder, odorless and acceptable for peoples having dog allergies.
Owner Should Know
The Breed holds great energy, thus needs more activities and exercises to be fit. Jogging, running and walks would satisfy them, additionally Griffon love swimming.
They are not suggested for apartment livings, although affordable for city, they thrive in rural life.
Although lively hunter at fields, they love house life with their families. They suffer separation anxiety when detached for longer periods.
Griffon breed is non-shedding, yet extensive grooming required due to its hard wiry rough and coarser outer coat to avoid matting.
They are easy to housetrain, socialize in early age, introduce with other pets, they get along very well with all pets including canine and rodents.
They are slightly barkers, they could be trained to bark for any unauthorized entry in property, but in general, they greet strangers, thus not classed as perfect watchdogs.
Seek for reputed and trusted breeder or supplier to get healthy puppies, ensure puppies are clinically checked and are disease free.