The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is a happy and loving dog breed.
There are TOP 10 interesting facts about Wirehaired Pointing Griffon.
1) Unknown Origin
The earliest record of a Griffon dog is in the writings of the Greek historian Xenophon in 500 B.C. The Gauls, who inhabited Europe from the 5th century B.C. to the 5th century A.D., used Griffons. Where exactly this type of dog originated, though, is unknown.
2) Versatile Breed
Eduard Korthals, the Dutch hunter who created the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, wanted a dog who could hunt on all types of terrain. To create his ideal breed, he selected dogs that had superb senses of smell, strength, endurance, water-repellent coats, and ample willingness to cooperate with their masters. He created a physically robust dog that had characteristics of a pointer and a retriever—one that could hunt and retrieve on dry land, in marshes, or in water.
3) Mendel Research
OK, so there's no definitive proof that the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon was inspired by scientist Gregor Mendel's research, but work on this breed began shortly after Mendel published his revolutionary research on genetics. Mendel was the first to suggest that we inherit one allele from each parent. He established the rules of heredity, mainly by breeding pea plants. His work inspired many Europeans to try their own hands at breeding.
The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is independent and easily distracted, but he is not a dominant dog and is quite responsive to obedience training that includes a calm voice and light hand.
5) Around Strangers
With strangers, the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon tends to be politely aloof. To avoid his caution shading into timidity, he should be accustomed to people and noises at an early age. With other animals, he is usually accepting, though some individuals can be cat chasers.
Wirehaired Pointing Griffons are athletic hunting dogs. They are not apartment dogs and they are not suited to people who just want a casual pet. Potential owners should be willing and able to take this breed running or hiking or biking, or to get involved in hunting activities, or agility classes.
Wirehaired Pointing Griffons are particularly good at retrieving and hunting in swamps, because they have a thick undercoat that keeps them warm and dry, and a wiry outer coat which protects against abrasions.
8) Messy Dog
The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon can be a messy dog. Leaves, mud, snow, fecal matter, and other debris cling to his rough coat. When he drinks, his beard absorbs water, which drips on your floors when he walks away. When he eats, his beard absorbs food, which ends up on your pants when he presses his head against your leg.
9) First Griffon
First Griffon registered with the American Kennel Club was a female named Zolette? It was in 1887 that Zolette first appeared in the United States. She was registered as a "Russian Setter (Griffon)" though there were many breeds at that time that had abundant facial hair that came from the Siberian region. Zolette was actually a daughter of a Griffon named Donna that was among those gotten by Korthal in 1879, six years after he started developing the breed.
10) Living With
Be aware that Wirehaired Pointing Griffons, like all whiskery dog breeds, are not for the fastidious household, as they are sloppy drinkers, their beard soaking up water and depositing it as a trail of drips across your floor.