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Korthals Griffon Breed Summary

Gentle, Intelligent, Energetic, Loving and Athletic

Griffs are medium-sized, all-purpose gun dogs standing no higher than 24 inches at the shoulder. They’re known for an extremely harsh and bristly coat that gives them a natural, unkempt appearance. The preferred color is steel gray with brown markings. A lavish mustache and eyebrows frame large, rounded eyes that gleam with a keen intelligence. Griffs are the very picture of an honest, hardworking sporting dog, whose handsome looks are the result of a noble and unaffected ruggedness rather than fussy grooming.
Kennel Club Group Sporting
Lifespan 10 - 12 Years
Height (at the withers) Males 22in - 24in, Females 20in - 22in
Weight Males 50lb - 70lb, Females 35lb - 50lb
Coat Coats are Harsh and Coarse with a Denser Undercoat
Color Steel grey with liver/brown markings/patches throughout the coat, liver brown, Liver roan, Liver brown with white hairs, White and brown
Eye color 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.