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Why Choose A Griff?

We love our griffs. They live in our home, and are a part of our family. We have been captivated by their intelligence, personalities, and affection. While this breed does shed, it is less than many other breeds, so they are “wood floor friendly.” Prior to having griffs, we had English Springer Spaniels. It is safe to say that we now have a “griffon affliction.” In the home and in the field, this is the breed for us.

Why (And Why NOT) Choose a Griff?
Please take seriously why not to choose a Griff. They are not a breed you can leave at home alone for long periods of time, nor should they be kept full time outside apart from the family in a kennel. Your time and attention will be needed. If you don’t have much of either, another breed might be a better choice. Because Griffs are less responsive to a trainer’s pressure, training needs to be different from a Lab or other bold breed. They will require patience from their owners. Griffs do well with children, but if the demands of time are expended on the children, or the job, the Griff is not a good choice. Above all, they need to be used for what they were born to do: hunt. We are looking for homes that will give the pup opportunities to enjoy their inborn purpose in life to hunt, and be an active member of a family.

Why I Chose a Griff?
I had Springer Spaniels before. As flushing dogs they are great for forcing game up, have a great demeanor for a family, and are on the smaller size. My last Springer had a field trial pedigree which made him a great in the field, but a hyper family member. We ended up keeping him outside in a kennel. I spent many hours and dollars going to a professional trainer so I could be trained to be the trainer. When he died suddenly at a younger age, I decided to find a new breed.

First, I looked at the obvious: a Lab. Great dog. I didn’t really want that big of a dog, nor pay $1,500 for a good hunting stock. I considered German Short Hairs. Great style in the field, smaller size and good temperament. But, I decided that their short hair was not the best fit for the heavy duty cover of South Dakota. I looked seriously at the Spinone because of their great temperament and coat. Besides being harder to find a pup, they probably lacked the drive in field and forest that I wanted, so I kept looking. I considered the German Wirehair Pointer, but decided their temperament didn’t fit our family. Each of these breeds are quality dogs, and worthy considerations, as are all the versatile breeds.

I spoke with several Griffon breeders, and decided the combination of size, temperament, coat were probably the best fit for us. We found a great, reputable breeder who cared about the breed first, and we’ve never looked back. We’ve met many wonderful people who happen to share a love for the breed since.

It was the third hunting season of my first Griff when I saw the genius of the breed. He hunted all day, all five days in the rugged terrain of South Dakota. How many other breeds could compare? I know my Springers were not that rugged. I couldn’t wait for my next Griff.

Their temperament and affection are even more endearing. I am amazed every day that the Griff can be a beast in field, forest, and water, but settle in by my feet or on my lap in the home. Our family was taken aback by their intelligence and mischief. We now are smitten, and have a griffon affliction.