Foxhound vs Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

Compare the Foxhound to the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Foxhounds and Wirehaired Pointing Griffons.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is a good choice for new owners, whereas the Foxhound is not recommended for new/inexperienced owners.
  • Children - Both the Foxhound and Wirehaired Pointing Griffon are great with children.
  • Grooming - Both the Foxhound and Wirehaired Pointing Griffon are easy to groom.
  • Barking - Both the Foxhound and Wirehaired Pointing Griffon are very vocal and will bark/howl frequently.
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Foxhound vs Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
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Breed NameFoxhoundWirehaired Pointing Griffon
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoYes
Lifespan10-12 yrs.12-14 yrs.
Height21-25 in.20-24 in.
Weight60-70 lb50-60 lb
IntelligenceAverageHigh
History
Origin CountryUnited StatesNetherlands
Origin Year1650 AD1873 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Stranger FriendlyGoodVery Good
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Loving
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentNoNo
IndoorNoYes
Small YardNoNo
Medium YardYesNo
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹45°F to 80°F30°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighHigh
Exercise RequiredVery HighHigh
Top Running Speed20 mph24 mph
StrengthMedium-HighMedium
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLowLow
SheddingMediumLow
DanderLowLow
Drool AmountLowLow

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 NameFoxhoundWirehaired Pointing Griffon
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackNoYes
IndependentYesNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageYesNo
Focused & PatientNoYes
Breed Instincts
AggressionAverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingAverageAverage
ChasingHighAverage
Follow CommandsHighVery Low
FightingAverageBelow Average
GuardingAverageBelow Average
HerdingAverageVery Low
HuntingHighHigh
ProtectionAverageAverage
Remove VerminAverageBelow Average
SleddingAverageVery Low
WatchAverageAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameFoxhoundWirehaired Pointing Griffon
Lifespan
Lifespan10-12 yrs.12-14 yrs.
Common Health Issues
Ear InfectionsNoYes
EctropionNoYes
EntropionNoYes
Hip DysplasiaNoYes
HypothyroidismNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameFoxhoundWirehaired Pointing Griffon
Coat
HairYesYes
Coat Type
Single CoatYesNo
Double CoatNoYes
Wire CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
StraightYesYes
RoughNoYes
Coat Length(s)
MediumYesYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesNo
Black&tanYesNo
BlueYesNo
BrownYesYes
RedYesNo
TanYesNo
Tri-colorYesNo
WhiteYesYes
White&redYesNo
Brown & GreyNoYes
ChestnutNoYes
Chestnut & GreyNoYes
White & ChestnutNoYes
White & OrangeNoYes