The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon's Origins and History Source: Wikipedia Country/Region of Origin: Netherlands but fully developed in France Original purpose: gun dogs Name: In historical Europe, 'Griffon' meant many dog breeds with the characteristic facial furnishings and wire coats. Historical notes: First developed by a young Dutch Sportsman, Eduard Karel Korthals, in 1873 from a select group of Griffons of various breeds. His aim was to produce the ultimate companion for a walking hunter, capable of hunting in any terrain and under any weather. Selective breeding resulted in the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon. Korthals extolled the virtues of the new breed. In 1877 he received financial support from his father, a wealthy banker and cattle breeder, and a kennel facility provided by Prince Albrecht of Solms-Braunfels and thereafter dedicated himself to the development of the breed, with plenty of help from his friends in France, until his early death of laryngeal cancer.