| General Appearance
"Medium sized, with a noble, square
shaped head, strong of limb, bred to cover all terrain
encountered by the walking hunter. Movement-showing an easy
catlike gracefulness. Excels equally as a pointer in the field,
or a retriever in the water. Coat is hard and coarse, never
curly or woolly, with a thick undercoat of fine hair, giving
an unkempt appearance. His easy trainability, devotion to family,
and friendly temperament endear him to all. The nickname
of 'supreme gun dog' is well earned."
Explanation: In general
appearance, this dog should be looked at as more of a working trotting
hunter or slow loping hunter rather than a runner. Since
the Griffon is a breed more closely related in function to the
retriever than to the pointer, his conformation should reflect
this. His size should be adaptable enough to allow the owner
to bring him into a boat after a retrieve (about 55 to 65 lbs.
for males, and about 40-55 lbs. For females) and large enough to
allow him to penetrate heavy cover while hunting in the field.
body should be longer than tall, allowing him to move with
grace and good reach front and rear. The unique way the Griffon moves allows him to slide
his feet forward over the ground without the over exaggerated lifting
of feet seen in many pointing breeds. This is described as “moving
like a cat.” The conservation of energy used in this
movement allows the Griffon to continue hunting long after many other
breeds have stopped. His neck should, without question, be
long. The Griffon works in the field with his head either held horizontally
or lowered toward the ground because of his meticulous hunting style
and tremendous tracking ability.
the head, square in shape, allows for the muscle attachments required
to carry fur or feather of any normal game weight – which in
some cases may be up to 19 lbs.
Size, Proportion, Substance
- 22 to 24 inches for males, 20 to 22 inches for females. Correct
size is important. Oversize to be severely penalized.
- Slightly longer than
tall, in a ratio of 10 to 9. Height from withers to ground;
length from point of shoulder to point of buttocks. The Griffon
must not evolve towards a square conformation.
- medium, reflecting his work as an all terrain hunting dog."
Explanation: the size,
proportion, and substance of the Griffon define the breed type. If
the dog is over the prescribed 24 inches, it becomes too big to
do the work prescribed. If the bitch is under 20 inches,
she is not large enough to do the work required.
size of the Griffon is one of the factors that makes it
identifiable when placed along side other wire coated breeds. Equal consideration should be
given to dogs within the 22 to 24 inch range and bitches within the
20 to 22 inch range. However, as the standard states, “Oversize
should be severely penalized.” This is one of the few
things in the Griffon standard which is emphasized.
Proportion – Historically,
the back of the Griffon was always thought to be short. However
there was some variance in interpretation as to what portion of the
dog was to be considered the actual “back.” This
interpretation in the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s led
breeders to emphasize this in their breeding programs. The
back got shorter and the dog became more square. Movement of
the dogs became short and choppy – without extension and reach. A
poor situation for a hunting dog!
As new information
on the standard of the Griffon was uncovered and made public, the correct
proportions of longer than high came to light. Sounder, more
correct movement can now be seen because the dogs can converge under
their bodies while in motion. It is important to discourage
returning to the square proportion; another item emphasized in the
Substance – There
is good reason why the Griffon should have a medium substance. Lets
look at this more closely and identify just exactly what we are talking
about. The working hunting dog must move his body through fields
and woods and retrieve weights up to 19 pounds over fairly long distances
without fatigue. We also know the bone is like a honeycomb
structure. The larger the size, the less dense the bone mass – thus
less efficient in our case. Too small and too fine would be
equally inefficient. The medium size and density bring the
Griffon to its optimum for the work required.
- General Appearance
- Size, Proportion,
Breed Standard - Continued
- Neck, Topline & Body
- Forequarters & Hindquarters
- Coat, Color, Gait
- German Wirehaired
- German Shorthaired
- Wirehaired Pointing