Griffon Korthals Grouse Dog

It is thank's to its rusticity, with the nature
of its hair enabling him not to fear neither
water nor the thicket, as well as to its
qualities of nose and pace, that the griffon
is able to give, to its owner the
satisfaction of an excellent teammate
for hunting in plain, woods and marches.

Jean Castaing
hunting writer and
historian of the breed

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Ranger Catamount des Perséides FDJ

The griffon does not fear neither cold,
nor heat, nor cold water, nor rain...
Ah ! the brave animal, that doesn't
fear anything and keeps going !
Ah ! the real dog !...
the griffon is a natural hunting dog...

M. Ponson du Terrail
écrivain Français

Eduard Karel Korthals

Principle sources of this text :

- Le Griffon d'Arrêt à Poil Dur Korthals de Jean Castaing aux éditions de l'Orée
- Mon Compagnon le Chien, volume 13 aux éditions Atlas
- Le magazine Le Chasseur Français, numéro d'octobre 1996.

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Asbed Iskedjian

Born on November 16, 1851 in Amsterdam, he is the son of a rich ship-owner who had an unquestionable interest for
breeding, so much so that he supported the newborn passion of hisson for hunting and dogs, passion that was
overriding his taste for business.

The young Eduard Karel Korthals preferred to raise dogs and to hunt wildfowl, than to join the paternal company.
In 1873, at age 22, with the financial support of his father, he settled close to some friends in Hesse (Germany)
a regon abounding with game. Four years later, one of his friends, Prince of Solms-Braunfels, entrusts him with
the management of his Bibesheim kennel, the most famous of Germany, made up especially of English pointers,
while enabling him to continue to simultaneously breed griffons.

Orca Celtick searching for American Woodcock & Ruffed Grouse

Korthals was going to become one of the largest stockbreeders, proud of his selection work. He began
with 7 griffons of any type, wire-haired, woolly hair, barbet and a German half-bred with short hair.
The 7 PATRIARCHS of griffons were : Banco, Hector, Janus, Satan, Donna, Junon and Mouche. To arrive,
in less than 20 years, to a specific breed of wire-haired pointing griffon, Korthals carried out coupling
in very narrow consanguinity and was devoted to a pitiless selection. Out of 600 dogs, he kept only 62 and
made them work in woods, in the marsh, in plains, by all time, trusting them on all kinds of game.

In the creation of the wire-haired pointing griffon, Korthals did not use any English blood (pointer),
because after having tried it, he found out that such a crossing made the pointing griffon lose some
of its true characteristics.

With its method of consanguinity, selection and drive, the Korthals griffons were of such quality that they astounded
the specialists in Germany, in Belgium, in the Netherlands, in France and a little everywhere in Europe, as much by
the width and the speed of their search than by the smoothness of their sense of smell and that of their versatility.

Ranger Catamount searching for American Woodcock & Ruffed Grouse

On November 15, 1887, through the instructions of a Commission of 16 stockbreeders chaired by Prince
of Solm-Braunfels, E.K.Korthals wrote the standard of Wire-haired pointing griffons; it has never been modified
ever since.The following year, he created a Griffon Club bringing together griffon lovers from various countries
and until his death in 1896, he was devoted to the improvement and the diffusion of the wire-haired pointing griffon.
He died of cancer of the larynx on July 4, 1896 in the Bibeishem kennel.

Bobcat Celtick searching for American Woodcock & Ruffed Grouse

His ideas had sufficiently made followers to survive him and his friends the Baron of GinGins (Switzerland),
Charles Prudommeaux (France) and Mr. Leliman (Holland) continued his invaluable work, the improvement
of the wire-haired pointing griffon and his diffusion through all of Europe and even in North America.

On the occasion of his fiftieth anniversary, on June 8, 1951, the French club of the wire-haired pointing griffon
decided to associate the name of Korthals with the designation of the race to perpetuate the memory of its creator ;
cheers and thank you for the leaders of the French Club of the time.

When I write this text in the summer of 2000, it was for my first website
I sent it to Mr. Jacques Carpentier in France a Griffonnier friend to me
to correct the text and his response was:

"Bravo Asbed for this text, everything is well written I do nothing to correct"
Asbed Iskedjian