Korthals Griffon Information

The Korthals Griffon was conceived in Holland, during the middle of the nineteenth century, created by Dutch animal breeder, Edward Karel Korthals (1851 – 1896) from whom the breed takes its name. Moving from Holland, Korthals settle in Germany where he took over the management of the Bibesheim Kennels, owned by the Prince of Solnes Braunfels. It was here that Korthals continued his breeding program, with seven Griffons of various type. Sadly, at the age of just 45 Korthals died but not before he had consolidated his breeding programme into the breed we see today.


The Korthals Griffon is a vigorous, robust dog, medium size with a harsh coat. He has a well-developed beard and moustache giving him his characteristic expression of firmness and assurance. His skull, not too broad, is flat, viewed from the side, the back-skull and the muzzles lie in two parallel lines of equal length with a moderate stop. The whole head is covered with thick harsh hair; Nose, slightly convex at the tip and is always brown. The eyes are large and round, dark yellow or brown. Ears are medium size, flat, not curled inwards, set on a level with the eyes and reach midway along the muzzle.


The Korthals Griffon is, in general a very healthy breed, often reaching 14 years of age. Because it was designed and bred for use as a working/hunting companion, the breed has good bone – joint structure and strength. Korthals Griffon’s that were not structurally healthy and ‘sound’ were not, and are not used for qualified breeding. There are no serious health problems that are known or suspected on the breed. In most cases the incidence levels of any major ailment are extremely low. The ‘key issue’ for any dog is its breeding and pedigree. Please seek advice “before” purchasing/importing a puppy or young dog; care should be taken to ask breeders for hip/elbow dysplasia scores (lower is better), health tests, and any problems, issues or congenital faults found in earlier litters. Puppies/dogs are best sought from qualified conscientious breeders at home or abroad, furthering the good health and robustness of the breed.