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Korthals Griffon Breed Summary

Gentle, Intelligent, Energetic, Loving and Athletic

These dogs are sometimes referred to as Wired-haired Pointing Griffons and originally were developed in the Netherlands. The founder of the breed moved to Germany and continued to develop them in this new country.

They are a highly prized breed thanks to their fantastic hunting abilities and are slowly started to increase in popularity around the world, including here in the UK. They make lovely family pets due to their loving and gentle personalities.

Kennel Club Group Gundog
Lifespan 10 - 12 Years
Height (at the withers) Males 55cm - 60cm, Females 50cm - 55cm
Weight Males and Females 23kg - 27kg
Coat Coats are Harsh and Coarse with a Denser Undercoat
Colour Steel grey with liver/brown markings/patches throughout the coat, olid liver brown, Liver roan, Liver brown with white hairs, White and brown
Eye colour Brown or Dark Yellow
Common health issues Hip dysplasia, Elbow dysplasia, Luxating patella, Bloat
Other Names Wiredhaired Pointing Griffon

Korthals Griffons are known for their extremely gentle and calm natures. They absolutely love humans and form extremely strong bonds with their owners. They are very high energy dogs, and for this reason, would suit a family that already lead an active lifestyle that they can easily slot into. Additionally, their high prey drive means they are not the best dog for first-time owners as they require extensive training and handling from owners who already have knowledge with similar breeds. They will need to be in a home where they have access to lots of outside space to stretch their legs. These guys need to be taught their place in the pack and if not may try to assert themselves as the alpha male which makes them very difficult to live with.

These dogs were first created in the Netherlands in 1873 by a man named Eduard Karel Korthals, which is where they get their names from. The goal was to create a dog that displayed a range of characteristics, including stamina, loyalty and intelligence. Many believe that French and German Pointers were used to develop the breed although it's also thought that Waterdogs and Spaniels may have been used too. These dogs eventually made their way to Germany where they were continually developed and their creator, Korthals, was given a medal for creating such a fantastic hunting dog! They were first exhibited in the UK in 1916, in the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, but still, remain a relatively rare breed outside of their native country.