Information about the AWPGA

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While the AWPGA emphasis is still very much on hunting and field work, the club has embraced the description of the Griffon as a “Versatile Hunting Dog.” Not only a field dog who hunts game, but also is effective in hunt tests, and performance events like tracking, obedience, and agility. Many Griffon owners and breeders participate in conformation events as well. Because of the AWPGA’s AKC affiliation, reliable pedigree information on the breed is readily available. The AWPGA promotes first class breeding practices by publishing and keeping track of results of OFA hip exams, hunt tests, show titles, obedience and agility successes. AWPGA maintains active committees for field events, breed rescue, judges’ education, breeder referral, and publishes a quarterly magazine titled the Griffonnier. The AWPGA conducts an annual National Specialty, the location of which alternates around the club’s three regions, and draws dogs from across the country. In the United States, largely due to the efforts of the AWPGA, many Wirehaired Pointing Griffons have demonstrated their competitive merit by earning obedience, agility, field, hunt, and show titles, including NAVHDA Versatile Champion, National Shoot to Retrieve Association Champion, AKC Master Hunter, and AKC Best in Show.