Low-shedding, easy keepers; the famous wire coat requires occasional professional grooming.
The Griffon's easy trainability, devotion to family, and friendly temperament endear him to all. He thrives on human companionship and prefers to be house dog. The breed's wiry coat will not develop fully until the dog is about 2-3 years old and is maintained with regular brushing and stripping. This sporting dog needs plenty of exercise to keep it physically and mentally fit.
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds.
The Griffon is a large breed and has a lifespan of 10 to 12 years. What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
The breed's wiry coat will not develop fully until the dog is about 2-3 years old and is maintained with regular brushing and stripping. Beyond regular weekly grooming, the occasional bath will keep them clean and looking their best. Their strong fast-growing nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
You can’t blame the French and Dutch for squabbling over the credit for a breed that has built a worldwide reputation as an incomparable hunter and a sweet, sagacious house dog. These are athletic dogs of great stamina, willing and able to join any kind of outdoorsy family fun on land or lake—they didn't earn the nickname “Supreme Gundog” by lying on the couch scarfing down Snausages. Griffs are affectionate family dogs who train easily and thrive on lots of love and exercise.
Wirehaired Pointing Griffon &HEALTH
Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip and elbow dysplasia and eye disease. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Wirehaired Pointing Griffons are healthy dogs. Like all dogs with drop ears, a Griffon’s ears are susceptible to ear infections so regular cleaning and plucking of ear canal hair is recommended. The best healthcare for a Griffon is preventive care throughout its lifetime.
Regular vet check ups are a great place to start with vaccines, parasite control and dental checks along with maintaining ideal weight. Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Griffon can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.