Wirehaired Pointing Griffons are intelligent, energetic, and usually friendly. Their endurance means they need physical and mental activity, which may be satisfied via dog sports such as tracking, hunting, field trials, agility and obedience as sport. Wirehaired Pointing Griffons can also be good jogging companions or enjoy retrieving items such as tennis balls and floating toys that let them exercise their excellent swimming abilities. The gentle nature of the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon and its reputation as a good family dog means it can be around children; however, as with all dogs, extremely close supervision is needed to prevent accidental injury to the child or dog and to avoid the dog's subsequently developing fear-based defensive aggression.
The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon originated from Holland in the late nineteenth century. The breed was developed when efforts ensued to create an intelligent dog that would be good at hunting and sporting. The breeding program began with a Mr. Edward K. Korthals. Mr. Korthals was a Dutch breeder who studied the genetics of dogs. He owned a variety of breeds and initiated the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon breeding program. The breed is known for its abilities as a working dog, a hunting dog, and a pointer and swimmer. When Mr. Korthals moved to Germany in 1873, he continued his breeding program there. The breed standard was established in 1886 and the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon quickly became popular throughout Europe. The breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1887, though at the time it was known as the Russian Setter. Currently, while there are some breeders in the United States, most Wirehaired Pointing Griffons are bred in France.