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Korthals Griffon

The Korthals Griffon is a robust and workmanlike dog with a harsh, rough coat that should be coarse and dense, giving the dog a natural and rustic appearance. The well-developed moustache and beard give the breed a characterful expression with a hint of seriousness.

10 – 12 years
23 – 27kg
50 – 60cm
The harsh coat comes in steel grey with liver patches, solid liver, liver with white hairs, and white and brown
UK Kennel Club Groups
Gundog (Import Register)
The need-to-know
  • Dogs suitable for experienced owners
  • Extra training required
  • Generally healthy breed
  • Enjoys vigorous walks
  • Enjoys more than two hours of walking a day
  • Large dog
  • Some drool
  • Requires grooming once a week
  • Quiet dog
  • Welcomes everyone happily
  • Could have issues with unknown dogs but gets along with known dogs
  • May need additional training to live with other pets
  • Great family dog
  • Needs a small garden
  • Best suited to countryside
  • Can be left occasionally with training
Generally healthy breed

The Korthals Griffon breed can be prone to:
- Hip dysplasia
- Elbow dysplasia 

Priority Kennel Club health schemes and testing: 
- Hip dysplasia screening scheme
- Elbow dysplasia screening scheme


Slow to mature (taking around 4 years) the Korthals Griffon retains a joyous, puppy-like nature for most of their lives. They are sensitive, fun-loving and gentle, and require a sensitive and thoughtful trainer who has patience by the bucket-load. Harsh handling and the use of aversive methods will result in a dog who switches off and will refuse to work! Early socialisation with pets, livestock and people is necessary, along with teaching and maintaining a rock-solid recall, and stop cue. The hunting desire is very strong with this breed and owners must always keep this in mind and be ready to manage their dog carefully.

Did You Know?

  • Unlike many breeds whose origins are somewhat lost over time, the Korthals Griffon is well documented, so much so that we know the names of the 8 dogs chosen by Eduard Korthals who are the ancestors of the modern breed. They are; males: Janus, Hector, Satan and Banco; females: Vesta, Donnar, Mouche and Junon.
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