By the 1870s, the
WPG was born. Bred to hunt birds, he is a versatile gun dog capable of
working in the most rugged conditions.
The Wirehaired Pointing
Griffon stands up to 23 1/2 inches tall. He has a harsh, stiff,
protective, outer coat that has been described as similar to the bristles
of a wild boar! He has a soft undercoat. The WPG's coat is steel grey with
chestnut splashes, grey-white with chestnut splashes, chestnut, or dirty
white mixed with chestnut. His tail is cropped. His mustache, and eyebrows
give him an appealing expression.
that shaggy, unkempt appearance is an outgoing, loyal, and affectionate
dog who will make a wonderful addition to the right family. The Griffon
loves children and adults alike, and though he will bark at strangers,
he's too friendly to make an effective guard dog. He generally gets along
well with other dogs.
The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon has a
quick, intelligent mind and is easy to train. Obedience training and socialization should begin
early for all dogs so they develop good manners.
Sometimes known as the "supreme
gundog", the WPG is a hardy, active hunter with a keen nose. Griffons
were developed to accompany the walking hunter and as such are slower
than, and don't range as far as, the other sporting breeds.
He is also a strong swimmer and an
excellent water retriever.
Loving nothing more than a long ramble
through the woods, the WPG is not an indoor dog. He will become very
restless without exercise but will thrive with an active family in a rural
environment where there is plenty of room to run.