GENERAL APPEARANCE: The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is a dog of medium size, longer than tall, rather little low on his legs. He is strongly limbed, everything about him indicating strength and vigor. His coat is harsh like the bristle of a wild boar in his appearance, never curly or wooly. Generally, his eyebrows and mustache confer a characteristic expression of firmness and insurance.

Head: Long, furnished with a harsh coat but not too long with mustache and eyebrows clearly distinct. Skull not too large; muzzle long and square. Nose always dark brown; stop slightly curved; facial angle not too pronounced.

Ears: Of medium size, not curly, laying flat but not hanging too low; the short hair that covers them is more less mixed with longer hairs.

Eyes: Large and round not covered by the eyebrows, very intelligent expression, dark yellow or brown.

Neck: Moderately long, no dewlap.

Height: At the wither, approximately 55 to 60 centimeters (21-1/2” to 23-1/2”) for adult male, 50 to 55 centimeters (19-1/2” to 21-1/2”) for the adult female. Body to fit within a rectangle; as a guideline, The body length must be superior by 1/10 or 1/12 to the height at the top of the wither. A deviation tolerance of +2 cm or -1 cm is also acceptable.

Shoulders: Relatively long, very oblique.

Ribs: Slightly bulging, not too wide.

Forequarters: Straight, strong, and very solid at the shoulders, thick haired.

Back: Strong, sturdy.

Hind Quarters: Thick coat, long thighs very muscular, hocks not straight angulated.

Feet: Round, solid very tight and webed toes.

Tail: Carried horizontally on the tip slightly raised with thick hair but without a plume; must be docked generally by 1/3 or 1/4.

Coat Color: Preferably steel gray with chestnut marking or uniformly chestnut; frequently chestnut flecked with white and grey or roan. White and chestnut and/or white and orange coats are also accepted. A black coat disqualifies.

Coat: Harsh and course, feeld like the bristles of a wild boar, never curly or wolly. Undercoat is fine and somewhat dense is mandatory.

Genetic Defects: Any variation compared to what precedes must be considered as defect which will are to be seriously penalized according to its gravity.

N.B.: Males must have two testicles of normal looking fully descended in the scrotum.

(Adopted by the Zootechnical commission of S.C.C. in 1982, France).

General type:
• Lack of type.
• Size not within the limits of the standard.
Height tolerance of -1 cm or +2 cm for females and males are accepted.

Particular points in the type:
• Light, moderate or severly dysplsic
• Bobbed or no tail

• Absence of undercoat.
• Close-cropped hair.
• Spot of miser (truffle, nails, skin).
• Very clear eyes.

• Ectropic, Entropic.
• Monochard, cryptorchidism
• Overshot, undershot jaw.
• Teeth : missing more than two incisors or more than two PM1 and more than one PM2 or PM3 or PM4 and a canine or a molar.
• Aggressiveness towards people, excessive sensitivity toward people.

Running Style:The general running style (the matter in which the dog crosses a course, including speed and efficiency) of the Griffon is that of a galloper, with a slight rocking movement from front to rear around the center of gravity.

The Pace: The feline pace, supple and skimming gallop is characteristic. It's length (specific to midlines), back rectitude, slanting shoulders and angle hocks, give this type of run pace. Intermittent phases of trot are tolerated but not desired. The gallop must be incorporated within the continental type but it must be rapid, energetic and maintained.

Quartering: The quartering must be daring and extended as long as the dog stays within the control of the handler (the dog is generally working with the wind). The head must be carried at least in straight line or higher with the back.  The head is carried slightly forward and tilted down, forming an angle with the neck, called hammer bearing. However, scent working and gliding near the game must be done nose up.  Tracking is not admitted, because working the nose down, except in special events when it is
done against the wind (i.e. blood retrieving orwounded game tracking).

Pointing: In the pointing position, the head must be in the extension of the line of the spine.The body must be rigid, neck extended, the limbs slightly bent. The pointing style of the Griffon should be half down, but stopping dead in his track is acceptable. The dog may be close to or on the ground, tail rigid and motionless. The relocation: When the point is taken at distance, the dog must approach as near as possible to the game, situating and blocking it before it is being flushed by the handler; it is the relocation of the dog.

Roading Out to the Scent: This approach action called “roading” (England) must be done in a feline style, the body lower towards the ground, limbs bent and nose up.  Dog crouches more and more the closer he gets to the game. He may end up crawling flat on his belly for the point. This action must be done with avid determination and.  This particular phase has made them being called at the last century " the cats of Korthals ".

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