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Korthals Griffon


The Korthals Griffon, sometimes called the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, was first bred by the Dutch breeder Eduard Korthals back in the 1870’s. They are a cross between German Griffons, French and German Pointers, Setters and Spaniels. They excel at hunting small game such as quail and partridge. They also have a very keen nose and sharp senses. They also perform well as gun dogs and seem to like being around water, hunting waterfowl such as ducks. They are still a rare sight in the USA.


The Korthals Griffon (KG for short) is a people dog who will feel best living in close quarters to its family, rather than living in a kennel as most working dogs do. They are an affectionate and loyal breed that get on with other dogs and children alike. If they receive enough exercise, they’ll be calm in the house and friendly to strangers in the home. They can suffer separation anxiety and should get used to being left alone for periods of time at a young age.

The KG is a working dog and enjoys having a job to do. They were bred to work closely with their owners and rarely stray far from their masters. They can, however, also work independently. They need to be trained to track and scent, though any harsh words will cause them to draw back and delay progress. They want to please you, but it may take them a bit of time to get what you want from them. Once they learn something, they will remember it forever. They do well in agility, tracking and other competitions and will love the attention it brings from their owners.

They enjoy going out for walks and like being let off leash to look for scents. Even though they have a great nose, it rarely causes them to run off in pursuit of smells. Recall is usually excellent once trained. They will need one long walk per day, preferably somewhere like woodlands when they can get in the dense undergrowth and have a good sniff, as this makes them happy. Their high energy levels can be combated by taking them for a jog or even a long swim.

Their coat has developed for working in dense undergrowth but is still quite low maintenance. A thorough brush once a week should do the trick. stripping or a professional groom once every couple of years will be needed to remove the old coat. The shed little to no hair.


KGs have a companionable and devoted temperament. They are an athletic breed who love to bound along by your side on adventures through the countryside. Because of their very devoted personalities they dislike being alone for long periods of time and can suffer separation anxiety. They are impartial to meeting new dogs, the same goes for strangers. They can at times be noisy and a little tricky to train, but they are always willing to please.

Health Problems

Korthal Griffons are generally very healthy dogs, but may sometimes suffer canine hip dysplasia (CHD), entropion (inward rolling of the eyelid which can irritate the eyeball), progressive retinal atrophy (PRA: degeneration of the retina which can lead to blindness), allergies, hypothyroidism, and heart disease.

Breed Details

  • Status: Common
  • Life Expectancy: 10 - 12 years
  • Weight: 50 - 60 lbs
  • Height: 20 - 24"
  • Rare: No
  • Coat: Medium - Double
  • Grooming Requirements: More than once per week
  • Town or Country: Country
  • Minimum Home Size: Large House
  • Minimum Garden Size: Large Garden
  • Breed Type: Gun Dog
  • Size: Large
  • Energy Level: Medium
  • Exercise Required: Over 2 hours

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