Wirehaired Pointing Griffons


Spirited and sweet, this breed is perfect for an active family. Here’s the scoop on these pups.

Originally bred as hunting companions, chiefly for game birds, the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, or Griff, is an agile, energetic dog that still loves the hunt today. He makes a loyal and happy family companion and can channel his liveliness into any sort of work or play.

Wirehaired Pointing Griffon dogs have a great sense of humor and are truly fun to have around. Best of all, their wiry coat is easy to take care of, even with their frequent outdoor romping.

Why We Love the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

  • This breed is considered one of the non-shedders, making it a good choice for allergy sufferers and anyone who can’t handle dog hair on the furniture!
  • The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon breed is quick to learn new skills, always eager to learn and happy to be in the company of his humans. Housebreaking should be a breeze.
  • These pups get along with everyone, generally speaking, and are extra friendly. With all that love and gentleness, this guy is far from a fierce guard dog.

Things to Consider

  • Wirehaired Pointing Griffons, like most hunting breeds, have very high levels of energy and can’t live just anywhere. They can adapt to city living if absolutely necessary, but this isn’t where they thrive. Off-leash time and daily exercise is a must.
  • Separation anxiety can be an issue with these guys and gals because they are extremely loving toward their humans and sometimes panic when left alone, leading to whining, barking and chewing.
  • Although typically very social, some Griffs can be nervous around new people or dogs. Like any breed, early socialization is the way to go and will ultimately make you and your pup happier.

Why Rescue? 

Wirehaired Pointing Griffons sometimes find their way into shelters due to their high levels of energy. Owners whose living conditions aren’t well suited to the breed may find that they can’t handle the exercise needs these guys require, leading to their surrender.

This breed, like many others, has also been the victim of some unethical breeding habits that have brought certain health problems to the forefront. For the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, these issues include progressive retinal atrophy and hip dysplasia, which can be hard to treat and consume too much time and money for some owners. If you think a Griff could be your best bud, consider bringing home a rescue!

Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Rescues

Whether you’re looking for a Wirehaired Pointing Griffon puppy or an adult Griff, there are tons of pups near you just waiting to find their forever home! Here are just a few:

Type
Sporting
Temperament
Gentle, active & caring
Avg. Weight
50 - 60 lbs
Grooming
Occasional grooming required
Avg. Life Span
10 - 14 Years
Wirehaired Pointing Griffons near 20149
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Animal Rescues near 20149
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Organization City, State Contact
Persian Rescue of Virginia
Ashburn, VA emziemer@aim.com
The Cats at Longstreet
Sterling, VA longstreetcats@gmail.com
Save The Tails Rescue Group, Inc.
Leesburg, VA 1 888 379 5558 x1
Humane Society of Loudoun County
Leesburg, VA (703) 777-2912
Little Buddies Adoption and Humane Society
Reston, VA littlebuddies@erols.com
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