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Korthals Griffon (Imp)


Illustration of Korthals Griffon (Imp)

The breed takes its name from its founder, the Dutchman Edward Korthals who had a wirehaired pointing bitch which was a great worker. He wanted to perpetuate her talents in her progeny with inputs of various breeds, probably of Griffon blood and German Pointer blood. By 1870 a breed standard had been established. In 1890, Edward Korthals was awarded a medal by the German Emperor for his breeding success. Whilst working with French and Germany hunters, Korthals introduced some of their gundog blood into his line and this lead to some authorities claiming that the breed was French. However, the breed is still credited with its origins in Holland.

Breed Group
Vulnerable Native Breed
How much exercise?
More than 2 hours per day
Length of coat
How much grooming?
More than once a week
Supposedly sheds? *
Town or Country
Type of home
Large House
Minimum Garden Size
Over 10 Years

* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on the Kennel Club website.

The Gundog Breed Group

Dogs that were originally trained to find live game and/or to retrieve game that had been shot and wounded. This group is divided into four categories - Retrievers, Spaniels, Hunt/Point/Retrieve, Pointers and Setters - although many of the breeds are capable of doing the same work as the other sub-groups. They make good companions, their temperament making them ideal all-round family dogs.

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