Update 08/23/2012: Please see my new grooming post at: http://bluestemkennels.com/2012/08/23/how-to-groom-a-wirehaired-pointing-griffon/
There’s no way around it. It’s burr season. I’m just glad I don’t have to groom a Brittany anymore, with fine, long fur (he’s in retirement at my mom’s house). The coat of the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is an easy groom. A vigorous comb-out with a wire brush (or comb) and you’re good to go.
The best thing about the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon coat is that if you neglect it for awhile and they get “nappy dreds” (sorry to snag jargon from another dialect, but it’s the best way to describe them), when you go to brush them out, the whole “dred” just releases and falls off. Much superior to cutting butt dreds off of my old Brittany.
Sue has the ultimate brush-busting griff coat. Nice, full head furnishings, but a very tight body coat. The only place I have to brush her is on her head, neck, and the patch of fur on the back of her legs. Took me about 15 minutes to comb her through.
Sam has a more “classic” Wirehaired Pointing Griffon coat. A little more head furnishings and a harsher body coat with more wired hairs.
I probably spent a good 45 minutes brushing Sam out and it wasn’t even all the way, we both just sort of got tired of the process. I don’t have him trained for a grooming table or any such thing (these are hunting dogs), so sometimes we just have to wrestle it out.
I am embarrassed about the crocs, I didn’t want to get my leather sandals dirty!
This time of year, grooming a Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is a Sysiphean task. In case you don’t know the Greek legend of Sysiphus, the gods sentence him to an eternity of pushing a boulder up a hill, watching it roll back down, then pushing it back up again, over and over. So immediately after our 45-minute grooming session, what does Sam do? Of course, runs into the neighbor’s part of the forest where all of the nasty burrs grow and fills his fur right back up.
Argh, but it was nice spending time with my dogs, they are such good natured friends who brighten my spirits.