Some Hirstory about the Griffon Korthals, also called the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
This breed got his name from Eduard Karel Korthhals (1851-1896), son of a wealthy shipowner in Amsterdam. This man only lived for dogs, cynology and hunting, he devoted his whole life to it. At the age of 20 it was clear that he wanted to breed dogs. His first breeding book dates from January 1872 and in 1874 he decided to develop a sporting dog that could rival the English gundogs. He succeeded by 1876, thanks to his great experience with hunting dogs, his insight of heriditariness, persistance and enough financial means. He called this dog ‘Griffon’.
On November 15, 1887, through the instructions of a Commission of 16 stockbreeders chaired by Prince of Solm-Braunfels, E.K.Korthals wrote the standard of Wire-haired pointing griffons; it has never been modified ever since.
On Juli 29, 1888 he and a number of other Griffon lovers, founded the first European Griffon Association. They organized field trials and opened the first pedigree book. Korthals died of cancer at the age of 44, but fortunately some of his breeder friends took up where he left and today the Korthals Griffon is the best allround hunting dog.
At the bottom of this article you’ll find some links to international Korthals Griffon clubs
The Wirehaired Pointing Griffons or Korthals Griffons as we call them in The Netherlands, has been one of the best dogs we’ve ever had.
They were not easy dogs, they needed a lot of attention and certainly an all closed garden, but those dogs have humor I say. It was because I needed some sheep dogs that we switched over to the Border Collie, but the Griffon has stolen my heart forever.
Some interesting info about the Wirehaired Pointed Griffon
I searched the internet to find some international Griffon breeding clubs and I found the following statement that the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon club of America has crossbred Griffons with the Cesky Fousek, so its dogs are not purebred and therefore not eligible for AKC registration. They nevertheless refer to them as Wirehaired Pointing Griffons.
So, if you’re thinking of buying a Korthals Griffon, keep your eyes open and be sure you’re getting a pure bred one. Below you’ll find quite a few international Griffon clubs.