Golden Retriever vs Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

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

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both the Golden Retriever and Wirehaired Pointing Griffon are good choices for new or inexperienced owners.
  • Children - Both the Golden Retriever and Wirehaired Pointing Griffon are great with children.
  • Grooming - The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is easier to groom than the Golden Retriever.
  • Barking - Both breeds will bark frequently, but the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon has the highest tendency to bark between the two.
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Golden Retriever vs Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
Golden Retriever
White Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
Breed NameGolden RetrieverWirehaired Pointing Griffon
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoYes
Lifespan10-12 yrs.12-14 yrs.
Height21-24 in.20-24 in.
Weight55-80 lb50-60 lb
IntelligenceHighHigh
History
Origin CountryUK (Scotland)Netherlands
Origin Year1865 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
ApartmentYesNo
IndoorYesYes
Small YardYesNo
Medium YardYesNo
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹30°F to 80°F30°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsOftenVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighHigh
Exercise RequiredMedium-HighHigh
Top Running Speed25 mph24 mph
StrengthHighMedium
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceMedium-HighLow
SheddingMedium-HighLow
DanderMediumLow
Drool AmountNoneLow

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 NameGolden RetrieverWirehaired Pointing Griffon
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageNoNo
Focused & PatientYesYes
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageAverage
ChasingHighAverage
Follow CommandsHighVery Low
FightingBelow AverageBelow Average
GuardingBelow AverageBelow Average
HerdingBelow AverageVery Low
HuntingHighHigh
ProtectionBelow AverageAverage
Remove VerminBelow AverageBelow Average
SleddingBelow AverageVery Low
WatchBelow AverageAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameGolden RetrieverWirehaired Pointing Griffon
Lifespan
Lifespan10-12 yrs.12-14 yrs.
Common Health Issues
AllergiesYesNo
BloatYesNo
CataractsYesNo
Ear InfectionsNoYes
EctropionNoYes
Elbow DysplasiaYesNo
EntropionNoYes
EpilepsyYesNo
HemangiosarcomaYesNo
Hip DysplasiaYesYes
HypothyroidismYesYes
Osteochondrosis DissecansYesNo
OsteosarcomaYesNo
Progressive Retinal AtrophyYesNo
Subvalvular Aortic StenosisYesNo
Von Willebrand's DiseaseYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameGolden RetrieverWirehaired Pointing Griffon
Coat
FurYesNo
HairNoYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesYes
Wire CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
WavyYesNo
RoughNoYes
StraightNoYes
Coat Length(s)
MediumYesYes
Coat Color(s)
Dark GoldenYesNo
GoldYesNo
Light GoldenYesNo
BrownNoYes
Brown & GreyNoYes
ChestnutNoYes
Chestnut & GreyNoYes
WhiteNoYes
White & ChestnutNoYes
White & OrangeNoYes