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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.

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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