German Rough Haired Pointer

The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is a versatile breed of hunting dog originating in Germany, characterized by its intelligence, endurance and distinctive rough, wiry coat, ideal for working in diverse climatic conditions and terrain.

General details

An approximate weight for males could be 25 to 35 kg, while females could weigh between 20 and 30 kg. Males of this breed have an average height of 60 to 70 cm at the withers, while females measure between 58 and 68 cm. According to the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI), this breed belongs to Group 7 of pointers. Life expectancy is 12 to 14 years.

Breed history in brief

The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is a breed of hunting dog that originated in Germany in the late 19th century. It was developed from crosses between continental pointers such as the German Shorthaired Pointer or the German Wirehaired Pointer, with the aim of developing a versatile and hardy hunting dog, capable of working in various terrains and climatic conditions. It has been appreciated for its ability to adapt to different terrains and weather conditions. Its endurance and hunting abilities have made it a respected and appreciated hunting dog in Europe, especially in Germany.

Breed characteristics

Its head is of proportional size to the body, with a long muzzle and medium-sized ears that hang close to the cheeks. The eyes are medium-sized and oval in shape. The Wirehaired Griffon's coat is its most distinctive feature. It is a rough, wiry coat, with a length of approximately 3 to 5 cm. The color of the Wirehaired Griffon's coat varies from solid brown to brown with white spots or splashes. The Wirehaired Griffon is a versatile and hardy hunting dog breed. They are intelligent, energetic and tenacious, making them excellent hunting companions. In addition, their balanced temperament and loyalty mean that they can also make good family companions, provided they are given sufficient exercise and mental stimulation.

Common health problems

Some health problems that can affect this breed, in general, include conditions common in show dogs and similar breeds. Some of these conditions may include hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy, cataracts and von Willebrand's disease.

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