Breeds of dogs: Korthals Hardhaired Griffon

Breeds of dogs: Korthals Hardhaired Griffon

Origin, classification and history

Origin: France.
F.C.I classification: Group 7 - standing dogs.

The hard-haired Griffon (Griffon à poil dur - Korthals) was selected in the early nineteenth century by Eduard Korthals, of Dutch origins. The selection work was necessarily long and meticulous, which began in his hometown and then continued in the kennel of Count Solms-Braumfel. The description we have today, of the progenitors of the breed, make us understand how the work done by Korthals was not at all simple, since its purpose was to obtain a stability not only morphological but also character and behavioral. Thanks to the knowledge of genetics, intuition and rigid selection, a breed has been created that is now very widespread and above all very appreciated. Its Standard was developed and drawn up in the year 1887. There is a homonymous breed with a soft coat.

General aspect

Medium-sized dog, mesomorphic mesocephalic. Morphologically classified as a Braccoid type. In its general aspect it is vigorous, robust, rustic. Its skull is not too wide, with long forehead, rather squared muzzle. Yellow or brown eyes, hidden by thick eyebrows, rather heavy mustaches that give character to the expression. The general impression must be of strength and security.


It is a balanced, sweet, affectionate and decidedly intelligent breed. He is a sweet companion, who always remains calm. It is a breed that does not require great attention, since it is very resistant to the harsh climate and to any place. To keep it in perfect aesthetic conditions just brush it periodically. Character qualities similar to the homonymous soft-haired breed.

Korthals Hardhaired Griffon (photo

Korthals Hardhaired Griffon (photo

Haired Griffon Korthals (photo


- males between 55 and 60 cm
- females between 50 and 55 cm.

Trunk: deep thorax, not very wide. Slightly full hips. Strong back, very solid rump.
Head and muzzle: broad, long, with rough hair, very pronounced strands, mustaches and eyebrows, not too broad skull, long and square muzzle, not too pronounced facial angle. Rather square and robust muzzle.
Truffle: always brown.
Teeth: strong, complete in number.
Neck: rather long and without dewlap.
Ears: medium sized, not curled up, carried flat and attached not too low. The short hair that covers the ears is more or less mixed with the longer one.
Eyes: large, overlying from the eyebrows, with a very intelligent expression, yellow or brown in color.
Limbs: front strong, straight, covered with strands of hair, elastic on the shoulders. Long hindquarters, with very muscular thighs, well flexed hocks. Round and compact feet, with closed and well joined fingers.
Shoulder: rather long, very oblique.
Musculature: toned, well developed.
Tail: carried horizontally or with the tip slightly raised, garnished with thick hair, but not with a plume. Sometimes shortened to a third or even a quarter.
Hair: hard and rough, to the point of remembering the coat of a wild boar, never woolly or curly. Under this long fur there is a fine and thick fleece, mandatory.
Allowed colors: preferably steel-gray with brown spots; or uniform reddish-brown or roan. White and brown and white and orange coats are also allowed.
Most common defects: prognathism, enognatism, non-standard measures, atypicalness, colors not allowed, defective rear end, narrow head, monorchidism, cryptorchidism, incorrect movement, slightly squared muzzle.

curated by Vinattieri Federico -

Video: Wirehaired Pointing Griffon (September 2021).