Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon (WPG), or Korthals Griffon, is a blend of various types of Griffon pointers and spaniels from countries including Holland, Germany, Italy and France. The blood of the Spinone and the Czechoslavakian Fousek also went into the make up of this breed.
Created by the Dutchman Edward Korthals who desired a moderately paced and ranging dog capable of working plains, woods and marshes for all varieties of game. Developed in the 19th century by Korthals who was working as a kennel master in a German kennels, a standard was published for the breed in 1887. It was the French who took this breed to heart and the FCI has recognised the WPG as a French breed.
Though of resilient nature, the WPG is a cooperative dog, gentle and people oriented. Of sturdy build they are not speedy but possess stamina and will work at a steady pace all day. The WPG has an excellent nose and strong pointing instinct. The German lines tend to be better trackers and very biddable, whilst the French lines more classy and stylish pointers.
The WPG has a skull of moderate width, slight stop, slightly convex nasal bridge on a long muzzle.The ears are medium sized, the eyes rounded and large shading from dark to lighter brown..Chest well developed, moderate in width and depth, definitely not narrow. slight tuck up in the flank. The body is slightly long but back short, firm and loin broad. Tail is docked.
Coat should be hard, harsh and bushy. Long and soft coats should be avoided. The eyebrows are bushy and there is a moustache.
Colour is grey with brown markings or solid brown, reddish brown or roan (a mix of brown & white hairs). White and brown, and white and orange also allowed.Height: dogs 55-60cm