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German Wirehaired Pointer

A tough and determined pointer of medium size, the German Wirehaired Pointer is built to hunt. The head is well proportioned, with a medium stop and a muzzle that is equal to the skull in length. Eyes are dark brown, almond shaped, and convey a look of expressive intelligence. The face is ornamented with a distinctive beard, whiskers, eyebrows and a large, brown nose. The dog has a scissors bite. The body is well muscled and athletic, with a short, straight back, prominent tuck up, long legs and round, webbed feet. The tail is customarily docked to two fifths of its full length, and is carried above the horizontal. The outer coat is weather resistant, straight, wiry and between one and two inches in length; the undercoat is dense and warm in the winter and nearly imperceptible in the summer. Coloring is liver and white, with the head being solid liver or liver with a white blaze.

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Fast Facts

12 - 14 years
19th century
55 - 75 lb
45 - 65 lb
23 - 25"
21 - 23"
German Wire-Haired Pointer or German Wire Haired Pointer.
Deutscher Drahthaariger Vorstehund, Drahthaar, German Pointer (Wirehaired)

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German Wirehaired Pointer Temperament

The German Wirehaired Pointer is a wonderful companion with energy to spare....

It can run and hunt for hours at a time, and is the perfect companion for outdoorsy types. Though highly intelligent and able to learn, the German Wirehaired Pointer has a stubborn streak that will make training difficult at times; a firm, consistent hand is necessary to keep this dog in line. The German Wirehaired Pointer has a natural guarding instinct, and can be aloof and protective around strangers and strange dogs. Though generally good with children the German Wirehaired Pointer can be rambunctious at times, and should be supervised in the presence of children.

Caring For a German Wirehaired Pointer

The German Wirehaired Pointer’s exercise requirements are considerable, and the dog needs to be able to run and play for at least an hour every day....

Without the opportunity to expend energy out in the open, the dog will become hyperactive in the house and destructive. This breed is fairly weather resistant, but it is also a highly social animal and is much happier when it can live inside with its family. The dog does not shed much and requires a weekly brushing; stripping the coat a few times a year is also a good idea to maintain the dog’s clean appearance. The German Wirehaired Pointer is a very healthy breed, and the only health problems you should have to worry about are canine hip dysplasia and hypothyroidism.

German Wirehaired Pointer History

A Brief History of the German Wirehaired Pointer

The emergence of a middle class along with improvements in the shotgun during the mid-19th century led to an explosion in the popularity of hunting, and with it, the demand for versatile hunting dogs....

Germany took to the pursuit of an all around hunting dog with particular zeal, and this fervor would eventually give birth to the German Wirehaired Pointer. Descending mostly from the Pudelpointer, the German Wirehaired Pointer also counts as relatives the Griffon, Polish Water Dog, Stichelhaar and German Shorthaired Pointer. These dogs were prized for their courageous and tough attitude, as well as their ability to retrieve on land and in water, point, scent and kill vermin. In a pinch, the German Wirehaired Pointer even made a respectable guard dog--truly a versatile breed. The German Wirehaired Pointer was recognized by the German Kartell for dogs in 1928, and brought to America around the same time. The German Drahthaar Club of America was formed in 1953, and the breed was recognized as the German Wirehaired Pointer by the American Kennel Club in 1959. Today, the breed is the most popular hunting dog in Germany, but enjoys only moderate popularity in the United States.