Great Wirehaired Gryfenees

70-95 lbs
24-26"
Unknown
Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
Great Pyrenees
Great Gryfenees

The Great Wirehaired Gryfenees is a designer dog, a deliberate crossbreed between the Great Pyrenees breed, a large and protective canine employed as a guardian for herds of sheep for the last three thousand years, and a Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, and excellent all-around hunting dog with the ability to track, point, flush, and even retrieve game. This hybrid is generally active, but not overly active, and fairly easy to train, while still being relativity independent. They tend to do quite well with children and smaller animals within their own family, but is typically too vocal, energetic, and large to make a good apartment animal.

Purpose
Family companion, Gun dog
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Wirehaired Pointing Griffon and Great Pyrenees

Great Wirehaired Gryfenees Health

Average Size
Male Great Wirehaired Gryfenees size stats
Height: 26-28 inches Weight: 95-110 lbs
Female Great Wirehaired Gryfenees size stats
Height: 24-26 inches Weight: 70-95 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Eye Diseases and Disorders
Minor Concerns
  • Otitis Externa
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Low Thyroid Levels
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Bloat
  • Chondrodysplasia
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Eye Examination
  • Biopsy
  • Cutaneous cytology

Great Wirehaired Gryfenees Breed History

The Great Wirehaired Gryfenees is a hybrid dog, a cross between a giant guardian of sheep, the Great Pyrenees, and a versatile hunting dog, the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon. The Great Pyrenees, known as the Pyrenean Mountain Dog in the UK and Europe, is an extremely ancient breed. They have been sharing the landscape of the Pyrenees Mountains with flocks of sheep  and their shepherding protectors for around three thousand years, although where they came from before they lived in the mountains they were named for is still a mystery. The most common theory is that these dogs are the descendants of large white canines that existed in Asia Minor ten to eleven thousand years ago. Great Pyrenees dogs can be found in art, literature, and historical documentation of France, generally in a guardian-type position. In the 1600s, this dependable dog became the Royal Dog of France, and many believe that they were instrumental in the development of both the Newfoundland and the Landseer breeds we enjoy today. The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is a fairly new breed, developed in the late 19th century by Eduard Karel Korthals, the son of a banker and cattle breeder, and an avid sportsman. In 1874, he purchased a grey and white female with exceptional hunting and tracking skills to base his new breed on, and for twenty-two years he selectively bred Wirehaired Pointing Griffons with an eye toward developing the outstanding all around hunting dog that we know today, with the ability to easily switch between tracking, pointing, flushing, and retrieving game. Breeds that are believed to have been involved in the development of the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon include the Small Musterlander, European hunting dogs known simply as Griffons, the Braque Francais, and various other setters and spaniels. These dogs were recognized by the American Kennel Club in the same year that they were first imported to the United States, in 1887.

Great Wirehaired Gryfenees Breed Appearance

The Great Wirehaired Gryfenees is typically a fairly large dog, that gives a noble and elegant impression where ever it goes. There is quite a bit of a size difference between the two parent breeds and the hybrid will generally fall somewhere in between them, smaller than the Great Pyrenees, but larger than the average Wirehaired Pointing Griffon. They have a medium-width skull that is proportionate with their body, a medium-length, slightly square muzzle, and eyes that can be either elliptical or almond shaped and can come in any shade of yellow or brown and their rounded, v-shaped ears may be carried either high or low on the skull, depending on which parent breed the dog favors. This crossbreed has a double coat, the undercoat is fine and thick with either a wooly or downy texture with either a medium-length, wiry coat or a thick layer of long, straight hair covering it.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Great Wirehaired Gryfenees eyes
Brown
amber Great Wirehaired Gryfenees eyes
Amber
Nose Color Possibilities
black Great Wirehaired Gryfenees nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
brown Great Wirehaired Gryfenees coat
Brown
gray Great Wirehaired Gryfenees coat
Gray
white Great Wirehaired Gryfenees coat
White
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Great Wirehaired Gryfenees straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Great Wirehaired Gryfenees Breed Maintenance

The grooming requirements for this dog are simpler than they might seem to appear, even if they inherit the thicker double coat of the Great Pyrenees. Both parent breeds have coats that are naturally water and dirt resistant so this dog typically only requires bathing on an infrequent basis. Although it is possible to get a Great Wirehaired Gryfenees that has the lower shedding coat of the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, you are just as likely to get the heavily shedding Pyrenees coat. Their ears hang down a bit, making them somewhat more prone to developing ear infections, so their ears should be inspected and cleaned several times a month to prevent problems from arising.

Brushes for Great Wirehaired Gryfenees
Pin Brush
Comb
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Great Wirehaired Gryfenees requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Great Wirehaired Gryfenees Temperament

The Great Pyrenees is a strong-willed and independent animal that can sometimes be difficult to train, but has excellent protective instincts, whereas the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is very people centric and fairly easy to train, but has an extremely gentle character. Both parent breeds may be reserved with strangers, so this hybrid should be well socialized when they are young to avoid having caution turn into timidity or aggression. Interactions between dogs and children should always be supervised, however, the Great Wirehaired Gryfenees should get along well with most children, although they may be a little too energetic for the very young, particularly while the dogs are still in their adolescence. Although they are generally mild-mannered and easygoing with their own family, some Great Wirehaired Gryfenees may inherit the guarding tendencies of the Great Pyrenees and become somewhat overprotective of children or other animals in its flock.

Great Wirehaired Gryfenees Activity Requirements

Although the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is known to be an extremely energetic canine, the Great Pyrenees tends to be a little more easy-going; the combination of the two creates a dog that can be an enthusiastic exercise partner when needed, but does not require as much vigorous exercise per day to stay fit as the purebred Wirehaired Pointing Griffon. Typically, this crossbreed will be satisfied with at least an hour of activity a day is usually sufficient, although an hour and a half or more is likely to be appreciated. These canines are generally just a little too loud and energetic to be satisfied living in an apartment, and are much happier in a home with plenty of room and a yard.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
9 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
90 minutes

Great Wirehaired Gryfenees Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.50 - $1.90
Monthly Cost
$39.00 - $52.00

Great Wirehaired Gryfenees Owner Experiences

Novo
7 Months
4 People
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She a mess some times but we.really love her
2 months, 4 weeks ago
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