Wirehaired Pointing Griffons are a wonderful companion to have. Their personality has been compared to a clown, and they make you laugh with their antics. They do best in families where someone is around a lot, or they can work with their owner as they don’t like being home alone for too long.

The wirehaired pointing griffon is a hunting dog that has evolved to be ideal for the conditions where they were bred. The wiry coat on this breed is unique, and it has two layers that are designed to protect them from extreme cold and warm weather.

The outer coat of fur is made up of long, coarse hairs that grow straight outwards, while the undercoat is softer with shorter hairs that lie flat against the body like cotton fibers. This helps with insulation in colder climates because the air can get trapped between these two layers of fur but not cause any discomfort to the skin underneath, making it perfect for colder climates. However, the wirehaired pointing griffon does not do well in hot climates because they can quickly overheat, and it is essential to understand that you will have to groom your dog a little more often, which will prevent mats from forming on its coat.

To keep your dog’s coat healthy and clean, grooming at least once every two weeks should be done. If the dog gets into something that will make its hair dirty or smelly, it may need more frequent bathing. Between those times, the dead hair needs to be removed from the coat by brushing or combing. Grooming also allows you to check the dog for anything painful or uncomfortable, such as parasites or health problems.

This article will go over the types of products used when grooming a wirehaired pointing griffon and how they are used to keep the dog’s coat in its best condition.

Types of Products Used

There are many different products available on today’s market, so it is essential to know which ones work best for your pet. The following list includes some of the most commonly used products; however, there are other brands and items available if none of these match up with what you need. It is essential always to read the labels on any product you consider to ensure that it is safe for your pet.

Deshedding tool

These tools are prevalent because they release loose hair that may be tangled or matted in the coat. Be careful when using these on wirehaired dogs, as the deshedding blade can pull out tufts of hair with it, which may make your dog uncomfortable.

Chunkers or thinners

The purpose of these products is to remove excess fur without taking away too much length, creating a more refined look for your dog. These come in cream and spray form, and you apply them by working through the topcoat with a brush or comb to reach all parts of the coat. Once dry, use a curry comb across the whole body to remove the excess hair.

Nail clippers

As with all dogs, the nails on a griffon need to be kept trimmed to prevent injury and keep them comfortable. The length needed will vary depending on the dog’s lifestyle and activity level, but it is recommended that you check your pet’s nails every time you brush or comb their coat so that you can see what is going on under the fur.

Brush and comb

Before using any of these products, make sure your dog’s coat is free of tangles by doing what is called “combing out.” Each time you brush, this should be done because loose hair can become tangled in a towel or blanket that your pet may lie on after being touched.

Wire brush

A wire-bristle brush penetrates deeply into the undercoat to loosen the debris without disturbing the topcoat. It does not damage the skin underneath, and it works well for both long and short coats.
However, it may be better for dogs with susceptible skin to use a softer bristle brush such as ones made of boar bristle.

Cat or slicker brush

You can also use a soft-bristled brush that will work on removing loose hairs and debris from the coat without irritating your pet’s skin. These brushes come in all shapes and sizes, and some people even invent their designs at home with dog brushes they already have available.

Please note: It is never recommended to pull mats out by their roots as this could cause damage to the skin underneath them, so it is best to cut them out instead.

Pin brush

A pin brush has rubber ‘pin’ tips that look like ball-ended pins, and it is made to be used with long or thick coats.

Metal comb

These combs look like a brush, but they have ridges and grooves in their teeth to help remove debris and tangles from the coat. They do not damage the skin or pull out hair, so it is also safe to use on your dog’s face, legs, and feet.

Metal slicker brush

A slicker brush is usually made with wire bristles bent at the ends to form a smooth surface. It is used by brushing through the coat in the direction of hair growth, removing dead undercoats, mats, and tangles without tugging or scratching the skin underneath.

Dematting Rake

A dematting rake looks like a comb but has metal tines that are very close together with sharp points on one end, which allows it to dig into any matted fur and pull it out quickly. This tool can also gently scratch the surface of your dog’s skin which helps stimulate natural oils to distribute through the coat.

Furminator

A furminator is designed to remove the undercoat without damaging or cutting the topcoat. It also stimulates natural oils in the skin of your pet, which makes their coat healthier. It comes in many sizes for all breeds of dogs, and it can be used when grooming or after baths before drying so that you do not have to worry about static electricity when your dog’s coat is dry.

Grooming items to get you started

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Mars Coat King Dematting Undercoat Grooming Rake Stripper Tool
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Bio-groom Wiry Coat Texturizing Pet Shampoo, Available in 2 Sizes
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Enriched with protein and specially designed pearlescent brighteners for brilliance and sparkling accents. Neutral pH supports skin and coat health. Leaves your pet smelling great!

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Absorbine ShowSheen Hair Polish & Detangler- Instant Detangling
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INSTANTLY DETANGLES while creating that radiant ShowSheen shine. PROTECTS HAIR by coating each strand and reducing hair breakage by 40%. NOURISHES with pro-vitamins and silk proteins to strengthen manes & tails.

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Otic Pet Ear Treatment with Hydrocortisone
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Premium Double Sided Pin & Bristle Brush
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Effortlessly Remove Loose Hair Plus Stimulate Skin While Creating a Soft Coat Shine.

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Undercoat Rake - Proprietary Teeth Angulation

Undercoat Rake allows you to safely and effectively remove dead, fuzzy undercoat in minutes! This tool helps keep mats and tangles from developing in their furry undercoats.

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Chunker/Thinning/Blending Dog Shear Japanese 440C Stainless Steel
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48 Tooth blender/thinner shears for Right handed pet groomers, made from 100% 440C Japanese stainless steel for strength and durability.

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How to groom this breed of dog?

Now that we know what type of tools to use, the next thing we need to know is how much to groom and how often we should be doing this.

Bathing

A griffon is an average shedder, so they only need baths as needed, which usually means that you can go for months or even a year before needing another one – if their coat doesn’t become too dirty first. Some people like to bathe their Griffons every month to keep the shedding at a minimum, but it depends on their overall health, activity level, and breed type.

Shedding

The double coat that griffons have comprises two different layers: a short, coarse topcoat and a thick wooly undercoat. Since the top layer helps repel water (which is why they can get away with never needing baths), it also means that less debris will stick to them and cause matting and tangles.

Over time, the top coat begins to shed, and it becomes thinner as summer approaches which is why you might notice more hair flying around your home near the end of spring. However, this does not mean that you should put off brushing your dog during the winter months since most shedding happens during spring and fall.

Brushing

Between baths, it is a good idea to brush your Griffon’s coat at least once a week to keep their fur healthy and shiny-looking. Denser coats will require more brushing, but you should still be able to get through the undercoat at least once a week with a brush and comb to prevent matting and tangles from forming. A metal slicker brush is also perfect for removing loose fur and debris that may be stuck in their coat before it builds up into something that requires more effort to remove.

Seasonal grooming

It is imperative to groom them before spring and fall since these are the times when their coats will start shedding. You can use a furminator during any season, but it is best to use a de-matting rake during spring and a wire slicker brush during fall so that you don’t have to worry about your dog getting mats.

Bathing schedule

Dogs usually only need baths as needed, which is why it’s recommended that you only bathe them when they become dirty or smelly.

Drying

After a bath When your Griffon’s hair has completely dried from its bath, use a slicker brush all over its body, including the legs and feet, to remove any remaining loose hairs which could become tangled on furniture or carpets. If you would like, you can even sing a little song to your dog while doing so, just kidding!

How often do I have to groom the wirehaired pointing griffon?

We recommend brushing your dog at least once a week during shedding season and twice a week during non-shedding seasons. They only need professional grooming every 8-12 weeks, but if your dog gets very dirty or matted, then it may be necessary for you to cut them out yourself rather than take them in for a professional groom. On average, plan on spending an extra hour to two hours weekly brushing and checking them while they are shedding so that you can keep up with all that hair that they leave behind.

Hopefully, this has helped answer the question of how to groom wirehaired pointing griffons. Now that you know what to use and how often, go ahead and buy all the necessary supplies and get to work grooming your dog so that it can be happy and healthy.

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