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The German Wirehaired Pointer (also known as the ‘Deutsch Drahthaar’) is a versatile German breed which developed in the late 1800’s when bird hunting grew in popularity with the middle class. Hunters sought to develop a breed that could point, track, retrieve, guard, and fearlessly hunt potential fighters such as foxes. The German Wirehaired Pointer, bred from the Pointer, Griffon, and Polish Water Dog, met these goals amply. Its rough coat allowed it to push through the brush with ease and swim through cold waters. The German Wirehaired Pointer was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1959. Today it is the most popular hunting dog in Germany but enjoys only modest success in the U.S.


The German Wirehaired Pointer has a shoulder height of 56-66 cm (22-26 in) and weighs 27-32 kg (60-70 lbs). It has straight-haired eyebrows, oval eyes, and a visible stop (depression where the muzzle meets the forehead). The German Wirehaired Pointer has a tucked in belly, webbed feet, and tail docked to two fifths the natural length. It is a sturdy, muscular, medium-sized dog.


The German Wirehaired Pointer’s coarse, wiry, flat, weather-resistant coat is its defining feature. It is liver and white with liver head and ears, white muzzle and possible white blaze (vertical line between the eyes). The German Wirehaired Pointer has a dense undercoat which lightens in summer to keep it prepared for all seasons. The coat is shorter on the legs and face, but with medium length beard and whiskers. Puppy German Wirehaired Pointers have shorter coats which grow to their adult length. The German Wirehaired Pointer is an average shedder.


The German Wirehaired Pointer is loyal to its family, intelligent, adventurous, and friendly. It is very affectionate. The German Wirehaired Pointer may become hyperactive and destructive if not properly exercised. German Wirehaired Pointers live to please their owner. They make great hunting companions and watchdogs. The German Wirehaired Pointer is happiest if it can spend substantial time with its human family.


The German Wirehaired Pointer is not fond of strangers. It is good with children but can grow jealous of its master’s affections; it should spend as much time with its owner as possible when young to establish trust. The German Wirehaired pointer is good with dogs and other pets but may try to dominate; socialize when young for best results.


The German Wirehaired Pointer should be brushed weekly and bathed only when necessary. Ears should be checked periodically for infection. Stripping may be required occasionally for show dogs. German Wirehaired Pointers have a life expectancy of 12-14 years. German Wirehaired Pointers are generally healthy, but some are susceptible to common canine ailments such as hip dysplasia (malformed hip joint which can cause lameness or arthritis), ear infections, and eye problems.


The German Wirehaired Pointer has a good reputation for training as it strongly desires to please its master. A consistent training approach is required as it can sometimes be willful.


The German Wirehaired Pointer was bred to hunt. It is a tireless breed requiring at least an hour a day of serious exercise. It enjoys long walks, swimming, and retrieving. The German Wirehaired Pointer is most suited to outdoor activities and fits best with a sporty family.