The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, also known as the Korthals Griffon, the Pointing Wirehaired Griffon, the Wirehaired Continental Pointer, the Griffon Korthals, the Griffon d’Arret Korthals, the Griffon d’Arret a Poil Dur Korthals, the French Wirehaired Korthals Pointing Griffon or simply the Griff, is a Dutch breed that is known primarily as a French breed because a large part of its development occurred in France. This is an all-purpose walking-hunter’s gun dog, capable of pointing, tracking and retrieving under virtually any conditions and over any terrain. It is particularly well-suited to hunting in dense, swampy areas, where its rough coat provides excellent protection against brush, temperature and wetness. The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon was accepted by the American Kennel Club into its Sporting Group in 1887.
The mature male Wirehaired Pointing Griffon stands 22 to 24 inches at the withers, with bitches being 20 to 22 inches in height. Over-sized variations are severely penalized under the American standard. Adults typically weigh 55 to 75 pounds. The unique double coat on this breed is one of its most distinguishing features. The outer coat is harsh, straight and wiry, and its undercoat is fine, thick and down-like. Together, these layers provide insulation and water resistance, as well as protection against thick brush and rough terrain. The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon has an unkempt appearance, with a heavy beard and bushy eyebrows accentuating its tousled look. However, it requires little grooming. Tails are typically docked in this breed.