The Korthals Griffon (also called the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon) belongs to the gundog group and is considered one of German ancestry, although others debate that its origin is Holland due to the nationality of the founder. One outstanding characteristic of the breed is its dense, wiry double coat with a thick undercoat that provides insulation to the dog. The breed is named after its founder, Dutchman Eduard Korthals who developed the breed in Germany around 1873 as a versatile gundog. The Korthals Griffon is a vigorous, robust working dog, a versatile hunter, pointer and tracker of large wounded game. Among the physical attributes noteworthy of the breed include a moustache and beard which gives the dog a characteristic expression of determination and assurance. It is often described as a gentle, very loyal dog, superior, neither fearful nor aggressive. The coat can either be steel grey with liver brown patches, solid liver brown, liver roan, liver brown with white hairs or white and brown. In any colour, the undercoat is all brown. The standard size for dogs is 55-60cm while bitches are between 50-55cm.
All dog breeds have different levels of intellect. Some dog breeds; working dogs in particular, are very independent thinkers and have been evolved to be very intelligent. Typically, a highly intelligent dog does well in obedience training and other activities. A highly intelligent dog can be very demanding and do require lots of physical and mental stimulation. If you’re looking for a relatively laid-back dog, that doesn’t require lots of mental and physical stimulation, then you must fully understand the level of intelligence of your dog breed of choice.
Before committing to a certain dog breed, you must fully understand their intellect levels and their specific levels of energy. To keep your dog well-balanced and happy, their needs must be met and maintained.
All dog breeds have different needs when it comes to the level of exercise they require. For the high energy dogs; which are your typical working dogs, they have a lot of energy and require lots of daily exercise along with plenty of mental stimulation. A highly energetic dog breed would suit an individual or family that is equally as active and loves the outdoors. There are also breeds that have relatively low exercise needs, such as toy dog breeds. Although they require daily exercise and mental stimulation, they’re just as happy chilling at home with their loved ones. This type of dog breed would suit an individual or family that prefers the peace and quiet and relaxation.
Before deciding on your chosen dog breed, Mypetzilla recommends that you research the exercise needs and whether you’re well equipped before committing to buying or adopting a particular dog breed.
There are several dog breeds that are known and potentially predisposed to developing health related conditions. Sensible breeding can help prevent the onset of health related conditions and this should always be taken into condition when researching your dog breed of choice. Before committing to a dog, you should speak to the breeder about any health related conditions that may affect the dog you’re looking to buy or adopt. You can also request to see any test results from genetic testing.
There are many dog breeds that tolerate children really well and are not affected by the constant noise and need for play-time. However, there are some dog breeds that don’t do very well with children and can become frustrated and snappy. That being said, all children should be shown how to handle and care for a dog in their home and should always be supervised when playing. As much as a dog can become annoyed and snappy with a younger child, the child can also become less tolerant and misbehaved towards the dog.
Mypetzilla recommends that you always supervise play-time between your children and dog. Children need to respect the boundaries and feeding time for the dog and likewise for the child. We also strongly advise that play-time doesn’t get out of control and too rough which can cause injury to both child and dog.
There are lots of dog breeds that are well suited to living in an apartment. It’s worthwhile noting that you need to check that you’re allowed dogs in your building before committing to bringing one home. If you do decide to own a dog and are living in an apartment, then you must make sure that they have plenty of room to roam around and frequent walks outside to prevent them from becoming bored and depressed.
Mypetzilla recommends that you check as to whether you’re allowed dogs in your apartment building and to fully ensure your apartment is dog proof before committing fully to bringing a dog home.
All dog breeds shed to some extent, some more than others. With this, all potential dog owners should be aware of this, as it will be a matter of putting up with some hair or lots of hair being left around the house. Depending on the dog breed, there are certain times during the year where some dog breeds shed the most and this is typically around spring and autumn. However, there are some dog breeds that shed all year round.
If you’re very house-proud, they you may want to choose a dog breed that sheds very little. Mypetzilla strongly recommends that you fully research your dog breed of choice and their shedding levels before committing.
All dog breeds require different levels of grooming. Some dog breeds are easier to maintain than others and only require a weekly brush to help keep their coat in good condition. There are some dog breeds that require regular trips to the grooming parlour and this can come at a huge cost. Either way, all dog breeds require their coat and nails to be maintained and cared for.
Mypetzilla strongly advices that potential owners research the grooming needs and associated costs with their desired dog breed before fully committing.
Barking is a necessity for your dog to communicate. However, it can also be a nuisance to yourself and fellow neighbours if it’s not kept under control. If you live in an apartment, then you’re better off choosing a dog breed that doesn’t bark as much. If you live further out and far from civilisation, then it’s worthwhile looking into a dog breed that does bark and will bark to alert you of any other company on your property.
Mypetzilla advices that you research the behaviours of your dog breed of choice and whether this would work for you and your family. It’s worth noting that dogs can be trained to bark less and this will take a lot of effort and training from the owner.
Majority dog breeds form very close relationships with their owners and as a result can become very stressed when left alone for a period of time. If a dog is suffering with separation anxiety then they’re very likely to become destructive around the home as a way of dealing with their anxieties. Dog breeds that do form strong bonds with their owners are better accustomed to a household where one member of the family remains home, whilst the others are out, this is to help avoid further anxieties and destructive behaviours.
Mypetzilla recommends that all potential owners research their dog breed of choice on their bonding abilities and how well-adjusted they are to being left alone at home. It’s also worth noting that you should never leave your dog for longer than 4 hours alone at home.
There are certain dogs breeds that have very high intellect and therefore easier to train than other dog breeds. There is also a downside to this; as fast as they learn the new trick or command, they can easily pick up bad habits just as quick. Other dog breeds that don’t rank as high on the intellect scale require patience and plenty of reward treats from their owners during training.
Before committing to a certain dog breed, Mypetzilla advices you to fully research your dog breed of choice and their level of training needs.
Before you decide on what dog breed would be suitable for you and your family, you must consider whether they’re a friendly dog breed and if you already have other pets within the household. For homes that already have dogs and other domestic pets, then it’s wise to choose a dog breed that has a friendly personality and temperament.
There are some dog breeds that mix well with other dog breeds and there are others that don’t suit one another and this could potentially cause issues later on down the line.
Another important point to consider is whether the dog breed of choice is friendly towards people and children.
Mypetzilla recommends to research fully on the right dog breed for your family and to also consider their temperament and characteristics.
The breed was founded by Dutch national Eduard Karel Korthals around the 1870s in his Ipenwould kennel in Biebesheim am Rhen in Germany. Leaving Holland, Korthals settled in Hesse, Germany where he took over the management of the kennel owned by the Prince of Solnes Braunfels. It is in this kennel that Korthals devoted 20 years of his life to the development and perfection of the breed. His dream was to develop an all-around gun dog that can hunt, point, set, and retrieve game both on land and in water; a dog with tremendous flexibility, energy, and highly devoted to its master. Working originally with seven Griffons of varying type, he was able to keep just 62 dogs out of 600 bred in his 20-year career as the developer of the breed. Throughout the years, experts hinted that Korthals also introduced the German Pointer blood to the mix. He was awarded a medal by the Kaiser of Germany in 1890 in recognition of his breeding success. When he died at the age of 44, breed followers and friends from France, Holland, and Germany continued his breeding programme as they do until now via various registered breed clubs all over Europe and the UK.
The Korthals Griffon is an intelligent breed, one with a softer temperament compared to other HPR breeds with a keen willingness to please its master. Like most Griffon breeds, the Kortals Griffon does not take well living in a kennel but would rather prefer sleeping alongside his master in the comforts of the house. It is very people-oriented and prefers to socialise and bond with its human family whenever the situation permits.
Training should be firm, consistent, and gentle. The Korthals Griffon does not tolerate harsh training methods. This is a natural working dog that can be trained to work in any terrain and can do extremely well as a pointer in the field and as a retriever in the water. It is a very good watchdog but can be trained to become a guard dog as well, although not effective as the other breeds. A puppy Korthal Griffon can prove to be a handful which requires an experienced handler/owner, definitely not a dog for first-time dog owners.
This breed requires minimal grooming and trimming by using stripping combs particularly around the eye area to keep the line of sight clear. In France, it is customary for breed owners to “clip and coiffure” the head area up to the neck, although this is not followed elsewhere. In all other aspects, regular weekly brushings will keep the coat in excellent condition.
The Korthals Griffon is a generally healthy breed with an average lifespan of 14 years, considered long-lived for a dog of its size. Because the breed was developed as an all-around gundog, it has naturally good bone structures. There are no known serious health issues that affect the breed. However, recent findings have shown that a new breed has been infused into the Korthals Griffon in some bloodlines. This is evident by the yellow/tan colour anomaly found in some Griffons. It is this reason why breed clubs in different countries are split on whether to recognize just the genuine Korthals Griffon (as in the UK) or all breeding including the hybrids. Health clearances should be guaranteed by the breeders.
As a true working gundog, the Korthals Griffon requires regular exercise in order to stay strong and healthy. As an active breed, it requires rigorous physical and mental activities in order to stay fit. An ideal exercise is a good hour to an hour and a half of varying activities so that the Korthals Griffon will stay interested and will not get bored. When not working in the field, this breed will enjoy swimming activities, as well as running off leash in a well-secured area.
Children and the Korthals Griffon get along well together as the dog is a people-oriented breed that loves pleasing its human companions. It is highly respectful of older children but can sometimes be impatient with toddlers who may “rough-handle” the dog. It is generally friendly towards other dogs, pets, and other domestic animals.