Each dog breed leaves behind a mark in history that they can call their own. This is because each breed has its beginnings that lend a character to its very name. Dog owners are, most often than not, very interested to delve into these beginnings. For them, knowing of their dog's origin helps in understanding how their dogs came to be. Aside from the origin, there are also other facts that owners would like to know about their dogs, especially if they are pertinent to caring for their dogs as best as they can.
So, just like any other dog breed, the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon also has a history that it can rightfully call its own. While it may not be as colorful as those of other dog breeds or as dramatic or it may not have spanned thousands of years, it is still worthy to be known of by any owner.
Now, did you know that it was in 1873 that Dutch Eduard Karel Korthal developed the first stock that became the foundation of the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon? Although history shows that there are already notations as to the Griffons way back in 1545, it was only when Korthals started developing the breed that it became more widely known. Did you also know that Griffons are more highly regarded as a French breed? This is because even if the origin of the breed was, without a doubt, really Dutch, the majority of the development happened in France. Korthal developed his brand of Griffons as sporting dogs that could equal if not surpass the gun dogs of the English.
Did you know that first Griffon registered with the American Kennel Club was a female named Zolette? It was in 1887 that Zolette first appeared in the United States. She was registered as a "Russian Setter (Griffon)" though there were many breeds at that time that had abundant facial hair that came from the Siberian region. Zolette was actually a daughter of a Griffon named Donna that was among those gotten by Korthal in 1879, six years after he started developing the breed.
Did you also know that it was in late 19th century when the concept of the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon first came about? This was after the publication of Gregor Mendel's experiments on inheritance first came out. During this period of biological awakening, dog breeders were creating and producing a sporting breed that has a rough coat and great abilities in retrieving and swimming.
Did you know that the American Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Association is the breed's official parent club? It was in 1991 that this recognition was accorded by the American Kennel Club to the association.
Did you know that the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon's harsh coat was meant for a specific purpose? Bred to be able to adapt to a swampy country with extreme weather conditions, the Griffon was created to have a rough, wiry coat that is intended to provide it with excellent protection.
Lastly, did you know that it is not that easy to find a Wirehaired Pointing Griffon these days? This is evidenced by the fact that in the United States, there are only less than 300 new Griffon puppies registered each year.