We got our first Griff in 1991, and have been actively involved with the breed ever since. Jim has been a lifelong hunter, and decided that this breed fits his needs for bird hunting, as well as being excellent companion dogs. Colleen had been showing dogs before this, so she continued her show ring activities with the Griffs. Our dogs are all actively hunted over wild birds in the northwest, and also do well in the show ring. We hunt test our dogs with NAVHDA.
We are fortunate to live in central Oregon, on 40 acres of sage brush and ponderosa, so there is plenty of room for the dogs and people to get their daily exercise. When it's not hunting season, there's still plenty of activity to be had at home.
About the Breed
The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon was developed in the 1870s by Eduard Korthals, and the breed is called the Korthals Griffon in much of the world. He was looking for a close working dog for the walking hunter. Hence the term"Gentleman's Gun Dog" is associated with the breed. The versatility of the breed includes hunting, pointing, retrieving and tracking. They do it all, for the upland hunter and those after waterfowl. Griffs have a high level of cooperation, and their coat contributes to their hunting in cold weather, and in heavy brush.
The personality of the breed is a big part of their charm, but does not lend itself well to being a kennel dog. They definitely want to be part of the family, and be in the house with you. While they would love to be on the couch, they are not couch potatoes. They are sporting dogs, and require exercise and activity! A walk on the leash once a day is not enough.
Jim & Colleen Reiss
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Our dogs were featured on AMERICAN GUN DOG.
To see them hunt, check out Season 6, Episode 5, from www.americangundog.com