The Korthals Griffon, an HPR breed, is becoming more and more popular in Great Britain
- The Korthals Griffon is known as the Griffon Korthals on the Continent
- Or the Griffon d’arrêt in France and Quebec
- In the United States and Canada it’s called the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
- It was founded by the Dutch breeder Eduart Karels Korthals in around 1873
- He dedicated 20 years to developing and perfecting his “Griffon”
- It is fully recognised by the Kennel Club
- Numbers are steadily rising, from 73 Kennel Club registrations in 2016, 84 in 2018 and 112 in 2019.
- Identifying a Korthals Griffon is tricky, as it does look like a cross between an Italian spinone and a German wirehaired pointer.
- Coat colours are steel grey with liver brown patches, liver roan, white and brown or variations of all three
- The nose is always brown
- It’s one of the most versatile HPR dogs
- An excellent hunter in thick undergrowth, forest and water
- Protection is offered by a thick, wiry coat
- Males stand up to 600mm high, females 550mm (at the withers)
- It’s not a breed to be taken on lightly – puppies require patient and dedicated training which should be continued throughout their lives
- However the breed is happy, playful and vocal
- Not a breed that’s happy in a kennel – prefers to be with the family
- Coat, eyes and ears should be checked regularly
- A breed that’s always ready for long days out in the field
- Korthals demand space and activity
- They will bond well with a family
- They are intelligent and understanding
- Once a bond is established, they offer loyalty and commitment to a task
If you’re interested in the breed, get in touch with the Korthals Griffon Club of Great Britain who will be able to give in-depth knowledge and experience of this HPR breed. The Club will advise you on where to find a puppy and how to train it.
The Club will also give assistance to owners on working tests, field trials, showing, breeding and everyday care.