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This document  has been prepared and published for the American Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Association, for the purpose of clarifying the official breed standard.  Its purpose is to promote a better understanding of, and appreciation for, the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, by breeders, exhibitors, fanciers, and judges.  I have intended to clarify the breed standard as written by correlating text and illustrations for better understanding.  For ease of reference, each subject is arranged in the following order: 

"The Official American Kennel Club Standard for the breed will appear in bold faced type, and will appear in quotations." 

    The explanation will appear indented and in this type and color.
I realize that there is a divergence of opinion on certain finer points.  For this reason, I have endeavored to avoid those areas of interpretation.  In addition, photos depicting the correct form of the breed are included, which will serve as a fundamental base upon which the individual will build his/her concept of the “ideal” Wirehaired Pointing Griffon. 

It should also be kept in mind that a true appreciation for the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon must go beyond the anatomy.  A friendly temperament is of utmost importance, in maintaining this breed as the all around companion.  This is a Versatile Hunting Dog.  He should be bred to point and retrieve in the field, as well as perform all of the duties of the retriever in the water.  He is described as “The Supreme Gun Dog,” for his ability as an all terrain hunting dog.  With these items in mind, one must look at the conformation, temperament, coat, and movement and how they relate to the whole dog.  The form and function are equal partners in understanding this breed. 

Reference throughout this publication is made to the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon as Korthals Griffon.  In most other countries this is the correct common name for the breed.  Thus, it is used here to familiarize those individuals outside the breed with its use.   

Official American Kennel Club Standard 
for the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
Approved October 8, 1991 - Effective November 28, 1991

Page (1)

Breed Standard 
  • General Appearance
  • Size, Proportion, and Substance

Page (2)

Breed Standard - Continued 

  • Head
  • Neck, Topline & Body
  • Forequarters & Hindquarters
  • Coat, Color, Gait
  • Temperament
  • Disqualifications

Page (3)

Breed Comparisons 

  • German Wirehaired Pointer
  • German Shorthaired Pointer
  • Wirehaired Pointing Griffon




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