Each dog breed has a history that tells of where it comes from and how it came to be. Such histories add more meaning to a dog's existence and make it more endearing to its owner. This is especially so, if a dog's history is found to have spanned thousands of years or is very colorful. In the course of a dog breed's history, there are bound to be dogs that are meant to be best remembered. Either it is because they were the starter stock of the foundation of the breed or they played significant parts in events that led to the popularity of a dog breed. Either way, these dogs are bound to be famous in their own rights and should be given equal opportunity to be acknowledged and recognized as the important dogs that they are.
If you are an owner of a Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, then you will be interested to know that there are a number of the dogs under the breed that won fame during the course of its history. The idea for the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon breed was developed originally by a Dutch sportsman and hunter named Eduard Karel Korthals in 1873. It was in the following year that he bought his foundation female dog for this endeavor, which he named "Mouche". Colored brown and gray, Mouche was said to be keen of nose and a great hunter suited to all types of terrains. After this, Korthals bought Janus that had a woolly coat; Banco, Satan and Hector that had rough, wiry coats; and Junon that was said to be short. Mouche was bred with Janus. Their union brought forth Trouvee, which is the first of the famed Wirehaired Pointing Griffons. Trouvee was bred to Banco and brought forth the Griffons Lina, Moustache I and Querida. These three Griffons were famous for being the primary ancestors of the present-day Wirehaired Pointing Griffons. They were known then as the "Korthals Patriarchs".
After these three, the next Wirehaired Pointing Griffon to make its mark in the history of the dog breed was a female that went by the name of "Zolette". She was the first of the breed to be registered with the American Kennel Club. It was in 1887 that Zolette made her first appearance in the United States although she was registered as a "Russian Setter (Griffon)". The misnomer was due to the fact that there were many breeds during that time that had great facial hair that came from the Siberian region. In actuality, Zolette was the daughter of a female Griffon that went by the name of "Donna", which was owned by the Korthals in 1879.
These famous Wirehaired Pointing Griffons are just among those that started the popularity of the dog breed. There were many others after them that garnered acclaim in dog shows and in other contests, becoming famous in their own rights. Yet, no matter how famous these predecessors are, it can always be pointed out that they inherited their fame from the first Griffons that made up their foundation. While their fame may be charted in records, the fame of their ancestors will live on forever.