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WIREHAIRED POINTING GRIFFON AND WIREHAIRED POINTING GRIFFONS
Your Total Griffon Guide
Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, Pointing Griffon, Griffon Puppies And Adults, Finding a Breeder, And More!
By Mark Manfield
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They say that dogs have old souls, but there are a few breeds whose physical appearance makes them look old as well – the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is one of them. These dogs are covered in steel gray fur with brown markings, and their facial hair gives them the look of an old man. If you look into a Griffon’s eyes, you will get the feeling that he is incredibly wise – that he knows everything, there is to know. At least that’s the way I feel when I look into my own Wirehaired Pointing Griffon’s eyes.
With so many different dog breeds out there, the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon sometimes gets overlooked. If you take just a few minutes to learn about this breed, however, you will find that they are more than worthy of your attention! Not only are these dogs completely unique in terms of their aged appearance, but they are incredibly gentle and faithful family companions, plus they are one of the healthiest dog breeds you’ll come across! These are just a few of the many things I love about the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, and it is my hope that you will soon come to understand and love these things as well.
The way I became acquainted with the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is actually a funny story. I was volunteering at a community outreach event at my local park one day in June. It was hot and humid - definitely a Southern summer day - and we were short-handed. I had just spent an hour setting up the lunch buffet table and was exhausted and frustrated. Just as I threw up my hands and asked (mostly to myself) whether there was anyone else actually working I felt something run into me from behind. I turned around to find a scraggly dog with a long beard and the kindest eyes I’d ever seen just standing there, wagging his tail at me.
I had never seen a dog like this, so when his owner ran up spouting apologies, I quickly dismissed them and started asking questions about her dog. What was he? Where did she get him? Where could I get one? It might sound silly but from the second I looked into that dog’s eyes, I knew I had to have one of my own. Well, just a few short weeks later I brought home my own Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, Jackamo, and the rest is history!
Jackamo and I quickly became the best of friends and in the years that we’ve known each other, I have learned a great deal about his breed. The more I learned, the more I came to appreciate him and the more I wanted to share my newfound knowledge with the world. So, I set out to write this book. In it, you will find all of the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon facts and information you need to become acquainted with this breed and to determine whether it might be the right breed for you and your family. I absolutely adore Jackamo, and I am confident that once you learn more about the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon that you will come to love them as well.
So, if you are ready to learn what is so special about the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, I encourage you to turn the page and keep reading!
Table of Contents
Chapter One: Introduction to the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
Useful Terms to Know
Chapter Two: Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Temperament and Information
1.) What is a Korthals Griffon or Griffon Korthal?
2.) Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Information
3.) Wirehaired Griffon Breed History
4.) Variations on the Griffon Dog Breed
5.) Types of Wire Haired Pointers
Chapter Three: Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Pet Information
1.) Do You Need a License?
2.) Do Griffon Dogs Get Along with Other Pets?
3.) How Many Pointing Griffons Should You Get?
4.) Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Prices and Costs
5.) Wire Haired Pointing Griffon Pros and Cons
Chapter Four: Where to Find Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Breeders and Wirehaired Pointing Griffon for Sale
1.) Where to Look for Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Breeders
2.) What to Look for in Healthy Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Puppies for Sale
3.) Pros and Cons of Griffon Dog Adoption
4.) Where to Find a Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Rescue Dog
Chapter Five: Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Care Guide
1.) Griffon Dog Home Requirements
2.) Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Dog Nutrition
3.) Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Grooming Information
Chapter Six: Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Training Guide
1.) Overview of Popular Dog Training Methods
2.) The Best Wirehaired Griffon Dog Training Style
3.) Griffin Puppy Crate Training Guide
Chapter Seven: Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Breeding
1.) General Griffin Dog Breeding Information
2.) Raising Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Puppies
Chapter Eight: Griffon Dog Health and Care Guide
1.) Common Health Problems for the Pointing Griffon
2.) Griffon Dog Vaccination Schedule
Chapter Nine: Showing Wirehaired Pointing Griffons
1.) Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Breed Standard
2.) Tips for Showing Your Griffon Dog
Chapter Ten: Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Care Sheet
1.) Griffon Dog Information Overview
2.) Wirehaired Griffon Home Requirements
3.) Griffin Dog Nutritional Information
4.) Wirehaired Griffon Breeding Information
The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is a hunting breed that loves to spend time in the woods.
You’ve already read the story about how I became acquainted with the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon breed, but that anecdote doesn’t tell the whole story about why I love these dogs. Wirehaired Pointing Griffons are not only incredibly intelligent, but they are also some of the gentlest and most faithful living creatures on the planet. With their wiry coat and their long beards, the Pointing Griffon stands apart from the pack physically, but their personality and temperament make them worthy of special attention as well. I am confident that if you take the time to learn a little more about this breed that you will come to love them as much as I do.
By now I have hopefully given you an accurate picture of the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon and a brief introduction to his personality and temperament. If you are thinking about getting a dog, however, there is a lot more that you need to know. Unfortunately, many people underestimate the amount of time and attention that dogs require, and they act surprised when their neglected dog develops problem behaviors. I wouldn’t say that the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon a high-maintenance breed by any means, but they do need a lot of daily exercise and human interaction to remain happy and healthy.
Becoming a dog owner is more than just a choice – it is a commitment and a big responsibility. From the moment you bring your Wirehaired Pointing Griffon puppy home, you become his caretaker. It is your job to provide for his basic needs and to be a faithful friend and companion to him. I don’t say this to try and scare you out of getting a dog – I just want to make sure that you are prepared for the task. It breaks my heart to see friendly, people-loving dogs end up in a shelter because their owners decided they didn’t have enough time to care for them.
I would never think about abandoning my Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, but I think part of the reason we get along so well is the fact that I am realistic about our relationship. Before I even brought my Jackamo home, I did a lot of research so I would know what to expect from a Wirehaired Pointing Griffon puppy. I put in the time and the effort to socialize him and train him – I also spent a lot of time researching and looking for a high-quality dog food and an experienced veterinarian. If you are willing to do what it takes to be a good dog owner, I heartily encourage you to consider the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon breed!
At this point, I think you are ready to move on from the theoretical aspect of considering a Wirehaired Pointing Griffon to learning about the practicalities of owning one. In this book, you will find that I’ve included an in-depth introduction to the breed and a description of other Griffon-like breeds to help you see where the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon falls on the spectrum. You will also receive plenty of background information and practical tips for owning one of these dogs. By the time you finish this book, it is my hope that you will want a Wirehaired Pointing Griffon for yourself. And, if you decide that they’re the right breed for you, you must be fully prepared to provide a dog with the best of care. Good luck!
AKC – American Kennel Club, the largest purebred dog registry in the United States
Almond Eye – Referring to an elongated eye shape rather than a rounded shape
Apple Head – A round-shaped skull
Balance – A show term referring to all of the parts of the dog, both moving and standing, which produce a harmonious image
Beard – Long, thick hair on the dog’s underjaw
Best in Show – An award given to the only undefeated dog left standing at the end of judging
Bitch – A female dog
Bite – The position of the upper and lower teeth when the dog’s jaws are closed; positions include level, undershot, scissors, or overshot
Blaze – A white stripe running down the center of the face between the eyes
Board – To house, feed, and care for a dog for a fee
Breed – A domestic race of dogs having a common gene pool and characterized appearance/function
Breed Standard – A published document describing the look, movement, and behavior of the perfect specimen of a particular breed
Buff – An off-white to gold coloring
Clip – A method of trimming the coat in some breeds
Coat – The hair covering of a dog; some breeds have two coats, and outer coat and undercoat; also known as a double coat. Examples of breeds with double coats include German Shepherd, Siberian Husky, Akita, etc.
Condition – The health of the dog as shown by its skin, coat, behavior, and general appearance
Crate – A container used to house and transport dogs; also called a cage or kennel
Crossbreed(Hybrid) – A dog having a sire and dam of two different breeds; cannot be registered with the AKC
Dam (bitch) – The female parent of a dog;
Dock – To shorten the tail of a dog by surgically removing the end part of the tail.
Double Coat – Having an outer weather-resistant coat and a soft, waterproof coat for warmth; see above.
Drop Ear – An ear in which the tip of the ear folds over and hangs down; not prick or erect
Entropion – A genetic disorder resulting in the upper or lower eyelid turning in
Fancier – A person who is especially interested in a particular breed or dog sport
Fawn – A red-yellow hue of brown
Feathering – A long fringe of hair on the ears, tail, legs, or body of a dog
Groom – To brush, trim, comb or otherwise make a dog’s coat neat in appearance
Heel – To command a dog to stay close by its owner’s side
Hip Dysplasia – A condition