Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Dog Breed Information Center
The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon dog breed originated from the United Kingdom. They are a medium sized pointed dog breeds which have been popular among people since ancient times. The first recorded mention of them dates back to Roman times when they were used as guard dogs or hunting companions.
Their popularity increased during the Renaissance period where they became fashionable pets and even as circus performers.
Today, they are still widely recognized as a pet and show dog. They are known for their docile nature and love of attention. These dogs make excellent family members and do well in any home environment.
However, due to their small stature, they may not fit into some homes with larger animals such as cats or larger than average dogs. Some owners prefer smaller breeds like poodles or miniature pinschers instead because of their smaller size.
There are two main types of wirehaired pointing griffons: the Standard Wirehair and the Miniature Wirehaired. Both varieties have similar appearance but vary greatly in terms of coat length, coloration, markings, etc. A few other differences include the amount of white fur on their bodies and tails (Standard) and whether they have a spotted underside (Miniature).
The most well known of the two, the Standard Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is a medium sized dog with short, dense hair which comes in several colors and markings. Their coats are rough to the touch and may have a wiry texture especially around their face, ears, legs, and tail. They usually have white markings on their chest, toes, and chin but some can be completely white.
They often have brown or hazel eyes and dark noses with wide and rectangular shaped heads.
The Miniature Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is the smaller of the two and have short hair. They are around 10 to 12 inches tall and weigh anywhere from 20 to 35 pounds depending on gender and their build. They have white markings on their chest, toes, and chin as adults but some can be completely white.
They have brown or hazel eyes and dark noses with pointed heads.
Griffons come in a number of different coat varieties and colorations. The most common are the solid, self colors such as orange and tan, sable and tan, red and tan, black and tan, lemon and tan, and yellow and tan. They may also have markings on their heads, chests, sides, legs, feet, tails, and ears.
These markings can be white, black, blue, or in some rare cases pink.
In addition to their coats, there are also a number of different wirehaired pointing griffon colors to choose from. The most common are white, black, orange, red, yellow, lemon, and tan but they can also be found in blues, browns, creams, and grays.
Griffons have a short and dense textured coat which is water resistant. It should be easy to maintain and keep clean and can be done with just a simple brush. They shed moderately all year round but especially during the spring and autumn seasons.
Owners will want to make sure they don’t ingest loose hairs since they can cause stomach issues if inhaled or ingested.
Wirehaired pointing griffons are known to be affectionate, intelligent, and playful. They make excellent family dogs and enjoy being around people and children. However, because of their intelligence they can be independent thinkers and may not always do what they are told.
They also have a lot of energy and exuberance which means they can get bored easily and start getting into trouble. It is important for owners to make sure they are given enough mental and physical stimulation or they may begin running off to explore on their own or digging under fences in search of adventure.
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