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Chaco the Bird Dog

Chaco enjoys going for walks anywhere, anytime. Chaco stops for a break at Goosenecks State Park, Utah.

After losing both of their faithful labs in 2020 and becoming empty nesters when both sons went to college, Valerie and Matt Gusdorf decided it was time to welcome a new companion to their home. Chaco, an 8-week-old, wiry-haired puppy joined the Gusdorfs in September 2021.

Chaco is a Wirehaired Pointing Griffon (WPG). Known for their dry land and water hunting skills, WPGs are also loving, loyal family companions. Their happy, lively nature makes them a great fit to any active family.

One-year-old Chaco showing off his distinct mustache and double-haired coat. His undercoat is thick weather-resistant down, while his topcoat is straight medium length wiry hair.

The Gusdorfs knew they wanted another sporting dog and a companion that would enjoy the great outdoors. After researching different breeds and speaking with owners of WPGs, the Gusdorfs fell for the breed. “We love that the breed is highly adaptable and trainable,” said Valerie. “They are also affectionate and yet work hard for you,” she added.

Considered to be Dutch in ancestry, the WPG can also be called the Korthals Griffon due to its founder Eduard Karel Korthals. The breed has been recognized by respected national kennel clubs, as well as the Federation Cynologique Internationale, but it is still rare in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Used for hunting, the WPG assists hunters in finding and retrieving upland game and waterfowl. Their thick undercoat acts as protection in thick undergrowth and water.

Chaco is currently in training for the upcoming hunting season. He has visited Kiowa Creek Sporting Club and has traveled as far as New Mexico for training exercises. The sessions will help Chaco be an asset in the outdoors, while indoors his funny personality has brought a lot of energy into the Gusdorfs’ home.

The family says he will do just about anything for a Starbucks Pup Cup, will play with anyone willing to give him attention, and loves to pull toys from his toy box. Although, he has not quite mastered the art of putting his toys away.

Chaco is a very entertaining pup and has a unique way of communicating with his big brown eyes and furry face. “We feel like we know exactly what he’s saying with the faces he makes, the eyes he gives us and the way he wiggles and rolls around,” shared Valerie.

By Julie Matuszewski; photos courtesy of Valerie Gusdorf




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