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 Although this is not an official part of the Official Breed Standard, it is of use to point out the many differences between three commonly confused breeds.

Breed Comparison 

There is confusion about dogs that look like the Korthals Griffon.  The similar characteristics of wire coat, beard and mustache, mistakenly lead one to the wrong conclusion that they are all the same.  This brief comparison of two other breeds; the Stichelhaar and the German Wirehaired Pointer, will hopefully clarify some of the differences and emphasize how they have evolved from one another. 


This name was given to a variety of wire-haired pointers bred by a German breeder; Bontant, who had originally raised Griffons.  He liked a dog with a hard, shorter hair and practically no undercoat.  To achieve this, he crossed Griffons with the French Pointer (Braque) type.  Thus, the Stichelhaar has very little beard or mustache, no undercoat, and a short, harsh outer coat.  The temperament was also reported to be aggressive.  The breed was admitted for registration toward the end of the 19th century, with the Central Canine Society in France under the group of “Pointing Griffons.”  The Stichelhaar was to be registered with the Griffon in the same studbook. 

A split occurred in 1913 because of the continued crossings with short haired dogs which were not always of the German French Pointer.  White and yellow, white and black, and even all black offspring were produced. The coat atrophied, the type grew further away from the Griffon type.  Thus the Griffon studbook was closed to the Stichelhaars’ registration in 1914. 

Drahthaar (German Wirehaired Pointer) 

The German Wirehaired Pointer, or Drahthaar (meaning wire hair in German), is a relatively recent development in the realm of purebred dogs.  In 1902, a group of sporting dog fanciers decided that the best crosses for developing an all around sporting breed would be between the German Shorthaired Pointers, Stichelhaars, and Griffons – as well as the Pointer and Poodle.  The German breeders were trying to develop a hunting dog adapted to German style hunting (all game, all waterfowl, all terrain, all methods) and having by nature the necessary aptitude and means (bite, courage, strength, coat).  The importance of the coat to brave thorny briars and inclement weather indicates the grafting of diverse shorthaired breeds chosen for their particular aptitudes with the common root of a thick coat. 

They were initially admitted to the registration of the FCI and classified in the group of Pointing Griffons.  The German breeders contested the classification on February 11, 1907.  An agreement was reached to include only the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon (Korthals Griffon) and Stichelhaar in the Griffon stud book; separating all others into individual stud books.  The Deutsch Drahthaar was one of these separated.  Thereafter, the Verein Deutsch Drahthaar Club was formed to protect the new breed, and developed a breed standard. 

The Drahthaar, like the Stichelhaar, showed the characteristics of the Pointer – crossed with a shorter, harsh coat – less facial furnishings, and a pointer like silhouette.  The GWP’s size is also different, being 2 inches larger for males and females than the Griffon. 

The German Wirehaired Pointer was admitted into the German Kartell of Dogs in 1928, and soon thereafter was brought to the United States.  The breed was admitted into the AKC Stud Books in 1959 as the German Wirehaired Pointer. 

Teeth Scissor Scissor Scissor
Eye Oval - Brown Almond - Brown Rounded (yellow or brown)
Head Shape - Top View Broad - Longer Longer than Wide Longer Than Wide
Head Shape - Stop Medium Very little Very Little
Head Shape - Jaw Parallel to jaw Slight rise Square
Length Medium Long enough to  
retrieve game -   
Medium to Long
Length to Height Ratio 10 to 9 10 to 9 10 to 9
Tuck Up Apparent Apparent Less Tuck Up
Top Line Sloped Wide Stoutly Made
Croup Rounded, Broad Wide Stoutly Made
Tail Set High Set High Extends From Back - Carried level
Males 24" to 26" 23" to 25" 22" to 24"
Females Over 22" 21" to 23" 20" to 22"
Length 1" to 2" Short 2" to 3"
Texture Harsh - Wire Harsh Harsh - Wire, Soft Undercoat
Density Dense Dense Dense
Characteristics Friendly  
Aloof towards   
Aloof towards   
Working Range 40+ yards 40+ yards 30+ yards
Hunting Style Gallop Gallop Trot - slow lope
Head Carriage High High Level
Hunting Technique Air Scent Air Scent Air Scent & Tracking
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Breed Standard 
  • General Appearance
  • Size, Proportion, and Substance

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Breed Standard - Continued 

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

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Breed Comparisons 

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