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Wire-haired Pointing Griffon Korthals

(Griffon d’Arrêt à Poil Dur Korthals)

Korthals Griffon

Wirehaired Pointing Griffon


ORIGIN

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FCI
France.

PUBLISHED

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FCI
06.05.1964.
KC
July 2008

UTILISATION

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FCI
Essentially a versatile pointing dog. Also used for tracking wounded large game.

CLASSIFICATION

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FCI
Group 7Pointing Dogs
Section 1.3Continental Pointing Dogs, 'Griffon' type
With working trial

KC
Gundog
UKC
Gun Dog

TRANSLATION

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FCI
Mrs. Renée Sporre Willes and Mr. Raymond Triquet.

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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FCI
Already mentioned by Xenophon, used as « oysel dog » widespread in the whole of Europe under different names. The breed was renewed and improved by inbreeding, selection and training without any addition of foreign blood by E.K. Korthals during the second half of the 19th century. Since, the different national clubs have remained faithful to its precepts.
UKC
This highly regarded sporting dog was perfected in Germany by a Dutchman, Edward Korthals, between 1865 and 1885. It was first known as the Korthals Griffon for this reason. The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon was recognized by the United Kennel Club in 1936.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

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FCI
Vigorous dog, rustic of medium size. Longer than tall. The skull is not too broad. The muzzle is long and square. The eyes, dark yellow or brown are surmounted but not covered by bushy eyebrows and well developed moustaches and beard give him a characteristic expression and express firmness and assurance.
KC
A vigorous, robust dog, of workmanlike, natural appearance and medium size with a harsh coat. Well developed moustache and beard giving characteristic expression of firmness and assurance.
UKC
Everything about the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon indicates strength and vigor. He is a medium-sized dog, somewhat longer than tall in proportion. He has a very intelligent air. His characteristic outer coat is harsh like the bristles of a wild boar. His unkempt appearance is due to his thick, soft undercoat.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

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KC
A versatile hunting, pointing bird dog, of griffon type. Also used for tracking large, wounded game.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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FCI
Gentle and proud, excellent hunter, very attached to his master and his territory which he guards with vigilance. Very gentle with children.
KC
Gentle, proud and very loyal, neither timid nor aggressive.
UKC
This breed has a biddable, affectionate nature, which makes it suitable as a family pet and guardian as well as its original purpose of a versatile hunting dog.

HEAD

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FCI
Big and long, with harsh hair, thick but not too long; moustache, beard and eyebrows well developed.
KC
Large and long but not too broad, with moderate stop. Covered with harsh hair, which is thick but not too long; the moustache, beard and eyebrows should be well developed. The muzzle is long, square and of equal length to the skull. The top lines of skull and muzzle are parallel. Nose, slightly convex at the tip and always brown.
UKC
The long head is furnished with a harsh coat, forming a mustache and eyebrows which surmount, but do not cover, the eyes.

CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

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FCI
Not too broad. The upper lines of the skull and the muzzle are parallel.
UKC
Long and not too wide. Stop is moderate.

Stop

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FCI
Not too pronounced.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

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FCI
Always brown.
UKC
The nose is always brown.

Muzzle

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FCI
Long and square, of the same length as the skull, bridge of the nose slightly convex.
KC
Teeth and jaws strong, with perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws with full dentition.
UKC
Long and square, the same length as the skull. Toplines of skull and muzzle lie in parallel planes.

Jaws/Teeth

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UKC
A full complement of strong, white teeth meet in a scissors bite.

Eyes

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FCI
Dark yellow or brown, large, rounded surmounted but not covered by the eyebrows, very intelligent expression.
KC
Dark yellow or brown. Large and rounded. Surmounted, but not covered by the eyebrows, conveying a very intelligent expression.
UKC
Large and somewhat rounded. Dark yellow or brown in color, with an intelligent expression.

Ears

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FCI
Of medium size, not curled inwards, flat, set on level line with the eyes, the short hair which covers them is more or less mixed with longer hairs.
KC
Of medium size, flat, not curled inwards, set on a level with the eyes. The hair covering should be short mixed with longer strands. The length of the ear should reach midway along the muzzle.
UKC
Medium size, flat, set on a line from the corner of the eye and well covered with both long and short hair.

NECK

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FCI
Moderately long, without dewlap.
KC
Moderately long, without dewlap.
UKC
The neck is moderately long and free of dewlap.

BODY

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FCI
Its length is markedly greater than the height at the withers (from 1/20th to 1/10th).
KC
The body length from point of shoulder to point of buttock should be slightly greater that the height at the withers with the proportions of 11 to 10.
UKC
Chest is rather deep, but not too wide. Ribs are moderately sprung. Back is straight and strong, and the topline slopes very gently from withers to tail. Loin and croup are strong and not too short.

Back

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FCI
Strong.

Loin

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FCI
Well developed.

Chest

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FCI
Deep, not too wide, ribs slightly sprung.

TAIL

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FCI
Carried horizontally or with the tip slightly raised, covered with thick hair but without fringing, generally should be docked by a third or a quarter. If it were not shortened, it would be carried horizontally with its tip slightly raised.
KC
Covered with thick hair, without fringing. Carried horizontally or with the tip slightly raised. Docking previously optional when no more than one quarter to one third was to be removed.
UKC
The tail is generally docked by a third. It is carried horizontally or with the tip slightly raised, and is furnished with a hard coat, but is without plume.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

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FCI
Straight, vigorous, with thick hair. In action, the forelegs are perfectly parallel.
KC
Chest: deep, not too wide, with ribs slightly sprung. Forelegs: straight, strong and covered in thick hair. Shoulders should be well set on, oblique and quite long with good length of upper arm.
UKC
The shoulders are long and sloping.

Shoulder

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FCI
Well set on, rather long, very oblique.

FORELEGS

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UKC
The very straight, muscular forelegs are well-furnished with thick hair. Dewclaws may be removed.

FEET

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KC
Round, strong with tight, arched toes.
UKC
Round and tight, with well arched toes.

Forefeet

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FCI
Round, strong, toes tight and arched.

Hind feet

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FCI
See Forefeet.

HINDQUARTERS

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FCI
Covered with thick hair.
KC
Thighs long, well muscled, with moderate turn of stifle. Hocks turning neither in nor out.
UKC
Well muscled with angulation that balances with the forequarter.

Thigh

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FCI
Long and well muscled.

HIND LEGS

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UKC
Thighs long and well muscled, good angulation at the hock joint. Legs are well furnished with thick hair.

Hock

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FCI
Well angulated.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

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FCI
The hunting gait is the gallop, punctuated by periods of trot. The trot is extended. Catlike movement when walking up game.
KC
Ground covering and driving from behind. Front and rear action is parallel, with good length of stride.

COAT

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HAIR

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FCI
Harsh and coarse, reminding of the touch of a wild boar’s bristles. Never curly or woolly. Under the harsh top coat is a fine dense undercoat.
KC
Harsh and coarse with fine, dense undercoat. Never curly or woolly.
UKC
Double. The outer coat is hard, dry and stiff. The undercoat is thick and downy.

COLOUR

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FCI
Preferably steel grey shade with brown (liver) patches or self-coloured brown (liver) coat. Frequently liver-roan or a close mixture of brown (liver) and white hairs. Equally permissible white and brown and white and orange coats.
KC
Steel grey with liver brown patches; Solid liver brown; Liver roan; Liver brown with white hairs; White and brown. Undercoat brown in all colours.
UKC
Steel gray with liver patches, solid liver, liver roan, liver and white, orange and white.

SIZE

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KC
Height at withers: Dogs 55-60 cms (21 ¾ – 23 ½ ins). Bitches 50-55 cms (19 ¾ - 21 ¾ ins).

Height at withers

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FCI
About 55 to 60 cm for males and 50 to 55 cm for females.
UKC
Height range for males is 21½ to 23½ inches. Height range for females is 19½ to 21½ inches.

FAULTS

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FCI

Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
KC
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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UKC

Coat: Curly or wooly outer coat.
Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid. Viciousness or extreme shyness. Black coat or nose color. Albinism. The docking of tails and cropping of ears in America is legal and remains a personal choice. However, as an international registry, the United Kennel Club, Inc. is aware that the practices of cropping and docking have been forbidden in some countries. In light of these developments, the United Kennel Club, Inc. feels that no dog in any UKC event, including conformation, shall be penalized for a full tail or natural ears.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.