Korthals Griffon

The Korthals Griffon is a medium sized wire-coated dog in the gundog group that is seldom seen in the UK.

Korthals Griffon  Breed Group


Size of the Korthals Griffon

Medium. The Korthals Griffon is one of the smaller dog breeds in the Gundog group.

Colour Varieties of the Korthals Griffon

The breed comes in 3 colour variations:

  • Brown and Grey
  • Chestnut Roan
  • Steel Grey and Liver

Country of Origin

Netherlands and Germany

Time of original development

The first Korthals Griffons were thought to have been developed in 1873. It's a competent and intelligent working dog used for hunting, pointing and retrieving in rough terrain and water. Today it is kept mostly as a companion dog, although not a common breed in the UK.

Korthal Griffon introduction and overview

The Korthal Griffon was created in the 1870’s by breeder Eduard Karel Korthals who wanted to develop a dog hardy enough to hunt, point and retrieve in rough and difficult terrains.The background of the dog is unknown, but it is thought the Korthals Griffon was developed from Pointers from Germany and France and continental Spaniels. Many people believe that English and French waterdogs may also be present in the breed.

The Korthals Griffon is also known as the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon and the Griffon d’arret a poil dur Korthals.

Size and weight of the Korthals Griffon

Height bitch 50-55cms

Height dog 55-60cms

Weight (kilos) bitch 23-27kgs

Weight (kilos) dog 23-27kgs

Exercise requirements of the Korthals Griffon

High. The Griffon needs at least 2 hours of exercise, preferably off the lead. Lack of exercise or mental stimualtion can quickly result in unwanted and destructive behaviour. Prospective owners should give careful thought to the time commitment and exercise requirements of this sporty, athletic breed.

Korthals Griffon temperament

The breed is very intelligent, affectionate and loyal. It normally mixes well with other dogs and tends to make a good family. Care should be taken around other small pets.

The Korthals Griffon should be socialised and trained from an early age to prevent the inherent strong nose of the breed that may cause it to run off or roam.

Owners of the breed state that the Griffon tends to enjoy a long puppy hood which may be off putting for some prospective new owners.

Is the Korthals Griffon a good dog for a first time dog owner?

Yes. The breed is easy to train and a quick learner, but any new owner must be aware of the high levels of physical exercise this breed requires.

Korthals Griffon coat length

Medium. The coat is coarse and wiry with a thick downy undercoat.

Grooming requirements of the Korthals Griffon

Low. One of the good aspects of owning this breed is that the short, dense wiry coat requires just a weekly comb through or gentle brushing to remove any knots or tangles.

Ears should be check on a regular basis for foreign bodies such as thorns, brambles and ticks. Stray hairs should be gently plucked away from inside the ear to increase the air circulation and prevent infection.


No. Despite having a short wiry coat this breed sheds throughout the year.

Health issues in the Hungarian Vizsla

As a relatively new breed, the Korthals Griffon appears to enjoy good health. But all new owners should consult their breeder about the following known health issue:

  • Hip dysplasia - an inherited malformation of the hip joint, has been found in the breed.

As with all pedigree dogs, it is very important to obtain a puppy from a source where you can be guaranteed that it has been bred with a view to avoiding the inherent physical and psychological diseases of the breed.

Average lifespan of the Korthals Griffon

A healthy Korthals should expect to enjoy a life expectancy of between 10-14 years.

Approximate Korthals Griffon pedigree puppy price

Expect to pay around £1,200-£2,000 for a pedigree puppy. Puppies are rarely available, with just 73 puppies registered with the Kennel Club in 2015.

Insuring a Korthals Griffon

The Korthals Griffon is a medium to large sized dog with quite a high cost value, so expect to pay a higher premium than an average sized dog. Remember that whatever your dog’s premium starts out at, dog insurance will always rise with your pet’sage after about four years old and any on-going illnesses or conditions that the animal develops will also affect your annual insurance premiums from then on.

Estimating how much a Korthals Griffon would need to be fed each day

A 23kgs bitch requires 306gms of complete dry food per day. A 25kgs dog requires 330gms of complete dry food per day

The weekly cost of feeding a 23kgs bitch is around £7.50
The weekly cost of feeding a 25kgs dog is around £8.00

Other necessary costs to consider when owning any dog

Don’t forget to budget for regular preventative treatments and costs that are not covered by pet insurance:

  • Worming treatments
  • Flea treatments
  • Annual vaccination boosters
  • Dental treatments
  • Neutering and spaying

Many veterinary practises offer monthly budget schemes to allow you to spread the cost of regular medications over the year.