German Wirehaired Pointer

Group 3: Gun dogs
Male: 61 – 68 cm
Female: 57 – 64 cm

Energy Level:  Very high
Original Function: Pointer/Retriever
Lifespan: 10  – 15 yrs

Recommended for: Active people & families.

German Wirehaired Pointer

About This Breed

The German Wirehaired Pointer origins lie in Germany. They were breed as an all purpose hunting dog, which could track, point and retrieve.

They are a highly intelligent dog and respond to training well but can be strong willed so firm but not harsh training is needed. They like to be occupied and enjoy working for their owner. They are friendly with those they know, but are naturally aloof with strangers and should be socialized at an early age.

They will fit into family life well and love plenty of affection and exercise. They can become bored and hard to manage without enough exercise.

General Characteristics

Appearance: Large sized lean muscular body. Eyes dark. Ears hang to the side of the head. A pointing dog of noble appearance, with an attentive and energetic expression, and with a hard coat, which provides full protection of the skin.

Temperament: Intelligent, Reliable, Solid, not timid of game, neither shy nor aggressive.

Characteristics: In accordance with the aim, which was to create a versatile hunting dog, the German Wirehaired Pointer must show all the necessary aptitudes for hunting in the field, wood and water before and after gunshot.

Colour: Brown roan or ticked, black roan or ticked, solid brown allowed white chest patch.

Coat: Body coat close fitting not to obscure the outline from 2 to 4 cm maximum. Obvious beard and brow of wire texture.

Grooming: The coat should be brushed about twice a week with a firm bristle brush. Some stripping of the coat is needed, but this isn’t very difficult. The hairs should be hand plucked occasionally depending on the condition of the coat. It is usually thinned in the warmer months. Bathe only when necessary. The hair of the coat should be as hard as possible but must not look untidy. Check the ears to make sure they are clean. The feet should be checked after the dog has been out working. They are an average shedder.

Exercise: these dogs need plenty of it and it is important to exercise their brain as well as their body. This breed is for the more active family and they should not be taken on as a family pet unless they can be guaranteed plenty of vigorous exercise. They are excellent jogging companions and love to swim and retrieve.