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Experience with Wirehaired Pointing Griffons?

Hi all,

I am wondering if any of you have experience dealing with the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon. I am interested in the breed for several reasons. First, I'd like a gundog to go hunting with (mainly pheasants and rabbit) Second, I love the fact that these are non-shedding dogs (can someone verify this?) Finally I am an active person who would enjoy a jogging partner and heard this breed likes to stay close off leash!

So, my questions are.. Do they make good companions? Are they easy to train? How do the males compare to the females?

Thanks everyone!
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I'd love to hear more, too. I think they seem to be pretty great, and are adorable. Maybe others will chime in.

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These dogs are amazing. My cousin has two that her husband uses to hunt. They have a child with allergies to dogs which is why they selected the breed. From what I understand, they shed... a little but hardly anything to comment on. They both seem biddable, and when we've taken them out hiking they are BRAVE. They're the first to throw themselves into underbrush and creeks.

You do have to understand that you will still need to maintain the coat. Regular brushing and then you'll have to find someone that hand strips (not all groomers do) to groom your dog regularly. Do not shave. Do NOT shave. It will ruin the coat's insulating and protective qualities.

I think these dogs would be a great fit for nearly any active family.
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Kyloe Kennels

You might talk with kyloe as linked above, they show up in the DPCA referral for dobes but it seems they mostly breed whirehairs now, I'd bet they'd certainly be able to tell you similarities and differences and how they get along (I assume you have or want a dobe too since you are on a Doberman forum) and they'd be able to give you general info about the breed

As for my personal experiences, they are limited but I fully agree with whiskey!

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Hi all,

I am wondering if any of you have experience dealing with the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon. I am interested in the breed for several reasons. First, I'd like a gundog to go hunting with (mainly pheasants and rabbit) Second, I love the fact that these are non-shedding dogs (can someone verify this?) Finally I am an active person who would enjoy a jogging partner and heard this breed likes to stay close off leash!

So, my questions are.. Do they make good companions? Are they easy to train? How do the males compare to the females?

Thanks everyone!
I have some experience with this breed in a small way, maybe my experience will be helpful. I travel to South Dakota every year for a Hunting trip ( Pheasants) the farm we hunt on furnish us with Wirehaired Pointing Griffons. These three dogs that we use for the week are a true joy to have around. Friendly, smart and very good bird dogs. They stay with us in the lodge while we are there and being a Dawg guy I enjoy having them around. It is NOT true that they do not shed, they do. They do not shed a lot though at least that is my observation. The do hunt close to the gun and for that reason are more of a singles dog than a covey dog.

For some crazy reason I do not see them listed on the Versatile Gun Dog register maybe this is an over sight, in my opinion they should be. Good dog though !

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No dog will stay close to you without training and plenty of it. Except a Doberman, of course!

Actually, I train with a good friend who has one. Lovely temperament but not as intensely stuck on the human as I like in a dog. That's the only one I know. By the way, they are supposed to be in FULL coat! Trimming or stripping is only allowed around head, ears and feet for show. The full coat serves a purpose. Can you imagine a hunter hand stripping a coat?? Lol? And they do shed both the fine undercoat and the stiff outer coat.

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Thanks!

Just wanted to thank everyone for their responses! Using all of your thoughts and recommendations to make a decision on my next dog
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