Flat-coated Retriever vs Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

Compare the Flat-coated Retriever to the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Flat-coated Retrievers and Wirehaired Pointing Griffons.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon and the Flat-Coated Retriever are good for new owners, but the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is a slightly better choice.
  • Children - Both the Flat-Coated Retriever and Wirehaired Pointing Griffon are great with children.
  • Grooming - Both breeds have low maintenance coats, but the Flat-Coated Retriever is easier to groom.
  • Barking - Both the Flat-Coated Retriever and Wirehaired Pointing Griffon are very vocal and will bark/howl frequently.
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Flat-Coated Retriever vs Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
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White Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
Breed NameFlat-Coated RetrieverWirehaired Pointing Griffon
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoYes
Lifespan8-10 yrs.12-14 yrs.
Height22-24½ in.20-24 in.
Weight55-80 lb50-60 lb
IntelligenceHighHigh
History
Origin CountryUnited KingdomNetherlands
Origin Year1859 AD1873 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Willing To Please
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Loving
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentNoNo
IndoorYesYes
Small YardYesNo
Medium YardYesNo
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹20°F to 75°F30°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighHigh
Exercise RequiredHigh-Very HighHigh
Top Running Speed24 mph24 mph
StrengthHighMedium
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceMediumLow
SheddingMediumLow
DanderMediumLow
Drool AmountNone-LowLow

¹This is estimated min/max temperature range for a healthy adult dog. Dogs that live indoors, puppies, seniors, unwell dogs, and/or dogs with improperly groomed coats may overheat sooner and get cold more quickly.
Instincts & Behavior Comparison
Breed NameFlat-Coated RetrieverWirehaired Pointing Griffon
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyYesNo
AverageYesNo
Focused & PatientNoYes
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageAverage
ChasingAverageAverage
Follow CommandsAverageVery Low
FightingBelow AverageBelow Average
GuardingBelow AverageBelow Average
HerdingBelow AverageVery Low
HuntingHighHigh
ProtectionBelow AverageAverage
Remove VerminBelow AverageBelow Average
SleddingBelow AverageVery Low
WatchAverageAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameFlat-Coated RetrieverWirehaired Pointing Griffon
Lifespan
Lifespan8-10 yrs.12-14 yrs.
Common Health Issues
CancerYesNo
Ear InfectionsNoYes
EctropionNoYes
EntropionNoYes
Hip DysplasiaNoYes
HypothyroidismNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameFlat-Coated RetrieverWirehaired Pointing Griffon
Coat
FurYesNo
HairNoYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesYes
Wire CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
WavyYesNo
RoughNoYes
StraightNoYes
Coat Length(s)
MediumYesYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesNo
LiverYesNo
BrownNoYes
Brown & GreyNoYes
ChestnutNoYes
Chestnut & GreyNoYes
WhiteNoYes
White & ChestnutNoYes
White & OrangeNoYes