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Korthals Griffon (Imp)


Illustration of Korthals Griffon (Imp)

The Korthals Griffon is named after its breeder and developer, Eduard Karel Korthals. Leaving the Netherlands, Korthals settled in Hesse, Germany, where he took over management of the Bibesheim kennels of the Prince of Solms-Braunfels. Here, he started his breeding programme with seven Griffons of varying type. In less than 20 years, he bred some 600 dogs, of which he kept only 62. He worked these selected dogs in woods, marshes and open country. His aim was to produce a hardy, all-terrain hunting dog. Today, the Korthals Griffon is a very popular working Hunt, Point and Retrieve dog on the Continent.

A strong natural hunter, he makes an excellent rough shooting dog and is in his element both on wide open moor and close cover. His coat is coarse and wirehaired with a dense undercoat; he must never be curly or woolly coated.

The Korthals Griffon is gentle, proud and very loyal, neither timid nor aggressive. He guards his property well, but is also very much at home by the fire, alongside his family owners.

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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