You want to know about the Griffons and what makes them so special....Why are these dogs called the Supreme Gun Dogs.
The Griffon is a non-shedding medium sized dog. Yes, medium sized. Their harsh two layer coat protects them and a good coat is essential.
The Griffon is a versatile pointing dog. What does that mean?
Your Griff if trained properly and comes from Griffons breed to hunt will find the bird/game, point and retrieve. They are also excellent trackers for wounded bird/game.
They can hunt from a canoe, duck boat, duck blind, thick woods, field, and anywhere else you ask them. Upland birds, waterfowl, furred game.
Griffons are excellent swimmers and love to retrieve.
Griffons love to please and love to work. The more you love this wonderful breed the better they will work for you. Super companion dogs great with people young and old.
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DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE ORIGINAL VALID STANDARD : 06.05.1964.
UTILIZATION : Essentially a versatile pointing
dog. Also used for tracking wounded
CLASSIFICATION F.C.I. : Group 7 Pointing Dog
BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY : Already mentioned by Xenophon, used as « oysel dog »
widespread in the whole of Europe under different names. The breed was renewed and improved by
inbreeding, selection and training without any addition of foreign blood by
E.K. Korthals during the second half of the 19th century. Since, the different national clubs have
remained faithful to its precepts.
GENERAL APPEARANCE :
Vigorous dog, rustic of medium size.
Longer than tall. The skull is
not too broad. The muzzle is long and
square. The eyes, dark yellow or brown
are surmounted but not covered by bushy eyebrows and well developed moustaches
and beard give him a characteristic expression and express firmness and
BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT : Gentle and proud, excellent hunter, very attached to his master and
his territory which he guards with vigilance.
Very gentle with children.
HEAD : Big and long, with
harsh hair, thick but not too long; moustache, beard and eyebrows well
Skull : Not too broad. The upper lines
of the skull and the muzzle are parallel.
Stop : Not too pronounced.
Nose : Always brown.
Muzzle : Long and square, of the same length as the skull, bridge of the nose
Eyes : Dark yellow or brown, large, rounded surmounted but not covered by
the eyebrows, very intelligent expression.
Ears : Of medium size, not curled inwards, flat, set on level line with the
eyes, the short hair which covers them is more or less mixed with longer hairs.
NECK : Moderately long,
BODY : Its length is
markedly greater than the height at the withers (from 1/20th to 1/10th).
Back : Strong.
Loin : Well developed.
: Deep, not too
wide, ribs slightly sprung.
TAIL : Carried
horizontally or with the tip slightly raised, covered with thick hair but
without fringing, generally should be docked by a third or a quarter. If it
were not shortened, it would be carried horizontally with its tip slightly
FOREQUARTERS : Straight, vigorous, with thick hair.
In action, the forelegs are perfectly parallel.
Shoulders : Well set on, rather long, very oblique.
HINDQUARTERS : Covered with thick hair.
Thighs : Long and well muscled.
Hocks : Well angulated.
FEET : Round, strong, toes tight and arched.
GAIT / MOVEMENT : The hunting gait is the gallop, punctuated
by periods of trot. The trot is
extended. Catlike movement when walking
HAIR : Harsh and coarse, reminding of the touch of a wild boar’s bristles.
Never curly or woolly. Under the harsh
top coat is a fine dense undercoat.
COLOUR : Preferably steel grey shade with brown (liver) patches or
self-coloured brown (liver) coat.
Frequently liver-roan or a close mixture of brown (liver) and white
hairs. Equally permissible white and
brown and white and orange coats.
SIZE : About 55 to 60 cm for males and 50 to 55 cm
FAULTS : Any departure from the
foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which
the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and
its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be
N.B. : Male animals
should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.