And above is a picture of our home in South Carolina.

About Us

Phone: 864-420-8877

864-420-7868

E-mail: LRC82@AOL.COM

Text Box: In1997, we, or should we say, Lonnie, started the search for a dog.  Lonnie wanted a lot from this dog.  The first item on the wish list was that it could hunt upland game.  The second item was that it could retrieve ducks when timber hunting.  The third item was that it could be a breed of dog that could also be shown in the confirmation ring.  And finally the last and most important requirement was that it should be a good member of the family and fit in with the children and grandchildren.  Because of Lonnie’s  knee problems, this dog needed to be able to hunt within his range and not be too big.    
With these requirements in mind, the search was narrowed down to 4 breeds.  And after much thought and research we finally chose the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon.  This breed of dog most closely met all of the requirements.  The next problem was finding a breeder that would entrust a puppy with novice gundog owners.  After much searching and many phone calls, we got to know Ted and Linda Gagnon.  We liked the looks of their dogs and the many things that they and their puppy owners had done with the dogs that they had bred.  From this start we were able to get on the puppy list for a litter in the winter of 1999.  
From this litter we got our first Griffon, “Maggie”, CH Wet Acres Happy Camper JH.  You have to know Maggie to love her.  With Maggie’s personality, it is a miracle that Marsha’ was ever talked into getting another Griff.  
But somehow it was done, and again we were on a puppy list for a breeding in the fall of 2003.  From this litter of 15 we got “Rugby”, CH Wet Acres Moonshine JH.  Even though Maggie exhibited the hunting ability and trainability of a Griffon, Rugby epitomized what a Wirehaired Pointing Griffon should be.  He was friendly, loving, goofy, clownish and serious when he needed to be.  He loved everything, whether it was hunting, showing, agility, or just meeting people.  He was a once in a lifetime dog.  
From there, we added several other Griffs to our lives.  CH Bear Hug Bring It On JH NA NAJ (Sweet Pea), GCH Bourgroyal’s BM Pearl JH (Pearl) and GCH Duchasseur Brisse des Battures JH (Breezy).   And the two most recently that have impacted our lives in a big way are from the F Litter, GCH Bear Hug Fire In The Hole JH (Boomer) and GCH Bear Hug Femme Fatale JH BN CGC (Mocha).   Boomer is the youngest Griffon to have ever achieved the title of Grand Champion.  Boomer was 10 months and 8 days old when he did this and 7 months and 4 days old when he became a Champion.  We are extremely proud of him.
This past year we added two pups from Canada, CH Duvalin P Maestro and CH Duvalin P Jolie.  These two pups are out of Aline Tremblay’s kennel, with whom we co-own them.  They finished easily, are the correct size and have great structure.  
We did keep one puppy out of Breezy’s last litter with Boomer and she is Tybee, Bear Hug I’m A Lil Boom Boom.  She has great structure, movement, coat and drive in the field.  
And to this group we added Poppy, Wet Acres Bbig Bbang Theory.  She is from Ted and Linda and is a granddaughter of Rugby’s sister Lily.  She is already doing well in the field.  Her favorite friend is Jack, CH Ol Gray Lanbur Stonewall Jackson, who is our first home bred Champion Beagle.
An since then have added our single puppy from the K Litter, Lucca, Bear Hug Knight In Shining Armor, and a little girl out of our J Litter, Bear Hug Jiggy With It.  We need a sanity check at this point.
To continue our story, we were married in 1998, and together we have 9 children and at last count 9 grandchildren.  We were both raised in Big Stone Gap, VA.  And since we got married, we have moved 4 times.  Not only do we have the Griffons, but we have two Boston Terriers that are the bosses.  Their names are Lil Bit and Chloe, and the Griffons know that they are the boss.   
We hope that this brief introduction helps you know us and how much we care for this wonderful breed of dog.

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Text Box: Bear Hug
Wirehaired Pointing Griffons

This is  picture of Lonnie and Marsha’ in Venice Italy, in October, 2013.

Lonnie & Marsha’ Carroll

Greer, SC

 

Welcome to the web site of our small hobby kennel, Bear Hug Griffons

Our names are Lonnie and Marsha’ Carroll and we hope to show you this wonderful breed of dog that we have fallen in love with, the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, also known as the korthals griffon.

First of all we would like to introduce you to this lovable breed of dog.  The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, is a very people oriented breed.  They are known for their high degree of trainability and cooperation and a great love for the field and water.  They are truly Versatile Hunting Dogs.  Griffons are at home in any venue, whether it is the confirmation ring, hunt test or agility trial.  They have keen noses and are excellent trackers.  The fun loving nature of this dog and its outgoing personality make it a wonderful family pet. 

But we would likewise offer up a couple of things to keep in mind.  The Griffon does require some exercise daily to keep them content and calm.  They are a member of the sporting group and as such can be very active.  This is especially true in the first two years.  They also require some coat upkeep.  They are strong for their size.  And as we tell everyone, they are smarter than we are.

As Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Breeders we occasionally have Wirehaired Pointing Griffon puppies available.  We don’t breed often and we strive to breed quality over quantity. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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These are our 9 children.

Not enough room for the grandchildren.

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