Wirehaired Pointing Griffondor

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50-70 lbs
20-23"
Unknown
Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
Labrador Retriever
The Wirehaired Pointing Griffondor is a hybrid breed whose ancestry stems from a pair of sporting dogs, the Labrador Retriever and the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, a combination of which produced a widely-serviceable dog with a friendly, outgoing personality and a penchant for hunting. Standing at an average of nearly two feet tall and 70 pounds, these large dogs have exceptionally good temperaments, making them excellent family dogs even for those with small children. They are easy to train and eager to please their owners with a high spirit they're not afraid to show. Because of their size and energy level, they generally do better in larger households, especially those with more space to roam both indoor and out, but are adaptable enough to house in smaller settings with a proper amount of attention and exercise.
Purpose
Pointing, Hunting, Retrieving, Companion
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Wirehaired Pointing Griffon and Labrador Retriever

Wirehaired Pointing Griffondor Health

Average Size
Male Wirehaired Pointing Griffondor size stats
Height: 22-24 inches Weight: 50-80 lbs
Female Wirehaired Pointing Griffondor size stats
Height: 20-23 inches Weight: 50-70 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Gastric Torsion
  • Epilepsy
  • Hip And Elbow Dysplasia
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans
Minor Concerns
  • Otitis Externa
  • Entropion
  • Ectropion
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Cataracts
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Physical Examination
  • Ear Examination
  • Hip and Elbow X-rays

Wirehaired Pointing Griffondor Breed History

There is little published on the Wirehaired Pointing Griffondor itself, but the parent breeds are both well established in their countries of origin. The Labrador Retriever easily ranks as one of the most popular breeds in the world, largely thanks to its overall versatility and good-natured temperament. Its history reaches back to the St. John's Dog, a breed refined in Newfoundland, Canada where British, Portuguese and Irish fisherman often traded their wares as early as the 16th century. As their first duties may imply, they were bred to be water-loving dogs with waterproof coats and to this day still carry on those useful characteristics. In the early 19th century, the dogs were exported to England along with the fishermen's catch, which is where they received their name, Labrador, from the third Earl of Malmesbury after the Labrador Sea, where they largely developed. Over time, they were also used as companion and family dogs but still remain as one of the most popular breeds for use by the police and military, as well as service dogs, thanks to their high intelligence and top notch obedience. Like the Lab, Wirehaired Pointing Griffons were also bred to be water-loving hunting dogs. Their ancestry goes back as far as 500 BC but their modern counterparts are mostly traced to Eduard Korthals, the son of a Dutch banker and cattle-rancher, who refined the breed in attempts to create a hearty dog with the ability to hunt, track, and point in a variety of terrains. He marketed them all over Europe but they never really gained widespread popularity, even today. Although not widely known, Wirehaired Pointing Griffons are still regarded as both superior sporting dogs and excellent companions.

Wirehaired Pointing Griffondor Breed Appearance

Wirehaired Pointing Griffondors are medium-sized dogs, averaging around 22 inches in height and 70 pounds in weight with a medium-length outer coat and a dense, waterproof undercoat. Their overall appearance is that of a sporting dog as they are muscular and athletic, making them top notch swimmers as well, as also evidenced by their large, webbed paws. They have somewhat squarish heads with a medium length snout and folded ears and often have pronounced mustaches and eyebrows. Their tails are generally medium length and tapered to help them swim, although some prefer to crop them to about half length. Their coats come in a variety of colors from black to white and brown to cream and they generally sport at least two, one for their longer top coat and another for their shorter undercoat, giving them a distinct, untidy look.
Eye Color Possibilities
hazel Wirehaired Pointing Griffondor eyes
Hazel
brown Wirehaired Pointing Griffondor eyes
Brown
amber Wirehaired Pointing Griffondor eyes
Amber
Nose Color Possibilities
black Wirehaired Pointing Griffondor nose
Black
brown Wirehaired Pointing Griffondor nose
Brown
Coat Color Possibilities
gray Wirehaired Pointing Griffondor coat
Gray
white Wirehaired Pointing Griffondor coat
White
cream Wirehaired Pointing Griffondor coat
Cream
brown Wirehaired Pointing Griffondor coat
Brown
black Wirehaired Pointing Griffondor coat
Black
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Wirehaired Pointing Griffondor wiry coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Wirehaired Pointing Griffondor Breed Maintenance

Most of this breed's maintenance is reserved for brushing. Although both parent breeds are only seasonal shedders, their dual coats do require a weekly brushing to stay in tip top shape. Despite their sometimes unkempt look, Wirehaired Pointing Griffondors are actually a pretty clean breed and therefore only need bathing every couple months, or whenever they decide to roll in something stinky, which is not uncommon for those allowed to roam off-leash. Their ears are the only other main source of issues in regards to maintenance, as excess moisture buildup in their folded ears can instigate bacteria growth, making regular monitoring a necessity. Their nails generally remain short naturally, leaving noticeable clicking noises a good indicator that they need to be trimmed. Given the amount of food Wirehaired Pointing Griffondors eat, owners should also be ready for regular tooth-brushing at the very least once a week with an appropriate made-for-dogs toothpaste. Given their love for extra attention and bonding time, maintenance with this breed tends to be quite easy and even enjoyable for both parties.
Brushes for Wirehaired Pointing Griffondor
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Comb
Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Wirehaired Pointing Griffondor requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Wirehaired Pointing Griffondor Temperament

Like their Labrador parentage, Wirehaired Pointing Griffondors are remarkably easy-going and actively show their affectionate side as often as possible. They are loyal, intelligent, and obedient, making them easily trainable even with complex commands. Because of their kind nature, high spirit, and playful attitude, they make excellent family pets, as they do well with adults, kids, other dogs and other pets alike even with only a fair amount of socialization. They've even developed what breeders call a "soft mouth" or the ability to carry and use their mouths with surprising gentleness that doesn't harm the game they're fetching, their toys, or even their playmates. This is not necessarily true at birth however, and they can become active biters/chewers as puppies who willingly exert limited control if not properly trained. Because of their high energy level, they can become restless, loud or mischievous if not given proper exercise.

Wirehaired Pointing Griffondor Activity Requirements

Wirehaired Pointing Griffondors, like both parents, are high energy dogs that need regular space to run, either in a large, fenced yard, dog park or biking/jogging with their owners. They require between 60 and 90 minutes of exercise a day and an average week should include somewhere around 15 running/walking miles. Training, playing games, and even including them in regular activities like getting the mail or taking out the trash will help keep them engaged both mentally and physically, plus happy and healthy - games like fetch, where they have to run vast expanses of space are ideal for this purpose. Although they are intelligent and can develop a mild sense of independence, Wirehaired Pointing Griffons need frequent interaction. If left to themselves, even in a large space, their boredom can turn mischievous and sometimes destructive, so they often do best with big open spaces, big houses, and big families that can shower them with attention.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
15 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
90 minutes

Wirehaired Pointing Griffondor Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2.5 cups
Daily Cost
$1.8 - $2.3
Monthly Cost
$52 - $67

Wirehaired Pointing Griffondor Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Wirehaired Pointing Griffondor size stats at six months
Height: 16 inches Weight: 46 lbs
Female Wirehaired Pointing Griffondor size stats at six months
Height: 15 inches Weight: 43 lbs
12 Months
Male Wirehaired Pointing Griffondor size stats at 12 months
Height: 19 inches Weight: 55 lbs
Female Wirehaired Pointing Griffondor size stats at 12 months
Height: 18 inches Weight: 51 lbs
18 Months
Male Wirehaired Pointing Griffondor size stats at 18 months
Height: 23 inches Weight: 65 lbs
Female Wirehaired Pointing Griffondor size stats at 18 months
Height: 21 inches Weight: 60 lbs

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