Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
Though the origin of the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is Dutch, it is regarded as
a French breed. This is due to the fact that a major portion of the development
of the breed took place in France. The WPG is particularly adapted for swampy
country, where its harsh coat is excellent protection. The Griffon is an excellent
swimmer and retriever.
The breed's wiry coat requires attention to grooming to keep it healthy. This
intelligent dog is easy to train and very willing to please. They are outgoing
dogs who are loyal and trustworthy.
Medium sized, with a noble, square-shaped head, strong of limb, bred to
cover all terrain encountered by the walking hunter. Movement showing an
easy catlike gracefulness. Excels equally as a pointer in the field, or a
retriever in the water. Coat is hard and coarse, never curly or woolly,
with a thick undercoat of fine hair, giving an unkempt appearance. His easy
trainability, devotion to family, and friendly temperament endear him to all.
The nickname of "supreme gundog" is well earned.
Size, Proportion, Substance
Size 22 to 24 inches for males, 20 to 22 inches for females.
Correct size is important. Oversize to be severely penalized.
Proportion Slightly longer than tall, in a ratio of 10 to 9.
Height from withers to ground; length from point of shoulder to point of
buttocks. The Griffon must not evolve towards a square conformation. Substance
medium, reflecting his work as an all-terrain hunting dog.
The head is to be in proportion to the overall dog. The skull is of
medium width with equal length from nose to stop and from stop to occiput.
The skull is slightly rounded on top, but from the side the muzzle and head
are square. The stop and occiput are only slightly pronounced. The required
abundant mustache and eyebrows contribute to the friendly expression. The
eyes are large and well open, more rounded than elliptical. They have an
alert, friendly, and intelligent expression. Eye color ranges in all shades
of yellow and brown. Haws should not show nor should there be protruding
eyes. The ears should be of medium size, lying flat and close to the head,
set high, at the height of the eye line.
Nose Well open nostrils are essential. Nose color is always
brown. Any other color is a disqualification. Bite scissors. Overshot or
undershot bite is a serious fault.
Neck, Topline, Body
Neck rather long, slightly arched, no dewlap.
Topline The back is strong and firm, descending in a gentle
slope from the slightly higher withers to the base of the tail.
Body-Chest The chest must descend to the level of the
elbow, with a moderate spring of rib. The chest must neither be too wide
nor too narrow, but of medium width to allow freedom of movement. The loin
is strong and well developed, being of medium length. The croup and rump are
stoutly made with adequate length to favor speed. The tail extends from the
back in a continuation of the topline. It may be carried straight or raised
slightly. It is docked by one-third to one-half length.
Shoulders are long, with good angulation, and well laid back. The forelegs
are straight and vertical from the front and set well under the shoulder
from the side. Pasterns are slightly sloping. Dewclaws should be removed.
Feet are round, firm, with tightly closed webbed toes. Pads are thick.
The thighs are long and well muscled. Angulation in balance with the front.
The legs are vertical with the hocks turning neither in nor out. The stifle
and hock joints are strong and well angulated. Feet as in front.
The coat is one of the distinguishing features of the breed. It is a
double coat. The outer coat is medium length, straight and wiry, never
curly or woolly. The harsh texture provides protection in rough cover.
The obligatory undercoat consists of a fine, thick down, which provides
insulation as well as water resistance. The undercoat is more or less
abundant, depending upon the season, climate, and hormone cycle of the
dog. It is usually lighter in color. The head is furnished with a prominent
mustache and eyebrows. These required features are extensions of the undercoat,
which gives the Griffon a somewhat untidy appearance. The hair covering
the ears is fairly short and soft, mixed with longer harsh hair from the
coat. The overall feel is much less wiry than the body. The legs, both
front and rear, are covered with denser, shorter, and less coarse hair.
The coat on the tail is the same as the body; any type of plume is
prohibited. The breed should be exhibited in full body coat, not stripped
short in pattern. Trimming and stripping are only allowed around the ears,
top of head, cheeks and feet.
Preferably steel gray with brown markings, frequently chestnut brown,
or roan, white and brown; white and orange also acceptable. A uniformly
brown coat, all white coat, or white and orange are less desirable. A
black coat disqualifies.
Although close working, the Griffon should cover ground in an efficient,
tireless manner. He is a medium-speed dog with perfect coordination between
front and rear legs. At a trot, both front and rear legs tend to converge
toward the center line of gravity. He shows good extension both front and
rear. Viewed from the side, the topline is firm and parallel to the line
of motion. A smooth, powerful ground-covering ability can be seen.
The Griffon has a quick and intelligent mind and is easily trained. He
is outgoing, shows a tremendous willingness to please and is trustworthy. He
makes an excellent family dog as well as a meticulous hunting companion.
Nose any color other than brown.
This standard was approved October 8, 1991, effective November 28, 1991.
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