We started with Griffons 20 years ago. At that time the Griffon was hard to find.  They were only located, for the most part, in the Western United States and Canada.  Living in Northern Michigan, I had been showing my Irish Setters and upland game hunting with them, mainly for grouse and woodcock.  My partner began researching the Wirehaired Pointing Griffons.  After learning they were close hunters and great family dogs, we decided we really wanted one.  At that point--the search was on!!

Who would have guessed that only one hundred miles away there was a breeder with a litter!!  We were so excited!  We purchased our first puppy.  She was a beautiful female and we named her Abby. 

Abby is a very smart girl who absolutely loves the woods!

Soon after, Remmy, half brother to Abby, arrived.  We purchased him from the same breeder.  His sire is: 
Am-Can CH Wolfsprings Burgundy

Then, one day, a phone call!  Abby's littermate, her full brother, needed a new home.  With open hearts we welcomed Aiko. Amazingly, Aiko was already fully trained by a professional bird dog trainer.

Well, now there were three, and...we were hooked!!

  Then came--another Griffon!  SageGrouse arrived, a beautiful, bred-to-the-standard female.  Her first time in the field she pointed and retrieved a woodcock without having any training at all.  Wow! What a girl!  

We did not take lightly the decision to raise Griffons.  We decided to breed Remmy to Sage based on their outstanding temperaments, their good health, and their excellent hunting abilities.  Mostly Remmy and Sage have, very successfully, hunted Grouse and Woodcock in Northern Michigan.
Manitou Griffons has been a preservation breeder for 20years, breeding a well rounded Hunting Griffon who can also be a wonderful family companion.

Our name is taken from the Indian legend about the origins of the Manitou islands (North and South Manitou).
According to the legend, a wild fire was raging in northern Wisconsin.  A mama black bear and her two cubs were trapped on the shore, so the mother bear began swimming.  The cubs followed.  She swam almost all the way to Michigan.  Becoming exhausted, she encouraged her babies to keep to swimming, instead, they became North and South Manitou Islands, while she became the Sleeping Bear Dunes, ever watchful of her children in the lake.   So welcome to MANITOU WIREHAIRED POINTING GRIFFONS!!

Excellent Breed for the Upland Hunter Manitou Griffons has been a Preservation
breeder for 20 yrs focusing on well bred
Hunting Griffons for families.
Welcome To Manitou Wirehaired Pointing Griffons
A.K.A. Korthals  Griffon

           MONTY AND WAYNE 
      6 -13 -15 Monty is a Junior hunter - Nice job both of you- Next Senior hunter - what a great team.
​        read their story on satisfied     
         clients  page at the bottom.
​First and Fore most we are NOT a Kennel these are our Personal Family Gundogs, All our Griffons are hunted on wild birds. 
​ Manitou Griffons strives to breed Upland / Waterfowl dogs ..... The proof is in my pups and there owners testimonials.                   

   (10-3-2016 TEXT message )
Stella is rocking it this year Doing great blind water retrieves this morning with a grouse.
  We saw 15 grouse this morning and 6 woodcock. Stella is pointing really nice this year .She is a lot more steady and backs really nice with other dogs . Best part is she is such a well behaved girl you can take her anywhere and she is the prettiest griff I have ever seen she get compliments all the time. She's the best dog I have ever owned.....
​First day hunting in South Dakota and our Violet is the star of the show
 according to hubby. 
 We love our Manitou WHPG!!!
 Thanks again!
 Mickey and Joy 

11-3-2016 Text:
  This little girl is amazing. She has a nose like no other dog I have ever owned . 64 Grouse this year and counting We got 10 today with her in 3 hours .

We want to let you know what a fantastic dog Louis has turned out to be. He is the best companion we could ever hope to have 

In the Fall of 2015, Louis was arguably too young to hunt. We took a risk and hunted him anyway. As it turned out, he handled it really well. He has both the nose and the drive of a superstar. Now, in his second year, he is all-pro. He quarters a pheasant field and hunts a grouse covert, working close with total style. And, on the Mississippi River, he has retrieved at least a hundred ducks

More importantly, Louis is a cherished member of our family. We can't say enough about his temperament. He is gentle with our children and just an all around good natured dog. Steve is a professional fishing guide, and Louis is a welcome addition to his trips. He is so popular with clients that if he could figure out how to row a boat, Steve would probably be out of a job. 

We would like to thank you for the care you put, not only into breeding, but also into socializing and raising puppies. Louis has been a valued member of our family. Thank you! 

Stephen Wisner and Molly Barnes

Eau Claire, Wisconsin
​     LOUIS
​Text Message:7-16-2017 (2017 litter)
  Frankie pointed a wild hen pheasant 
at 4.5 months. 

 breeder s note- This is what Manitou Griffons strive to breed for, a natural hunter, conformation, coat, health, trainability and a wonderful companion Griffon . The proof is in our clients . We let our pups speak for themselves.