German Wirehaired Pointer

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Is the German Wirehaired Pointer right for you?

Species group:

Other name(s): Deutscher Drahthaar; Deutscher Drahthaariger; Vorstehhund Drahthaar

The basics:
The German Wirehaired Pointer was developed around 1850 as a physically tough, courageous all-purpose hunting breed that pointed and retrieved equally well on land and water. These athletic dogs are topnotch hunting companions, but they can also be a good choice for the active outdoorsy owner who enjoys hiking, running, and biking. This is not a dog who will be happy snoozing on a rug by the fire.

Although affectionate with its own family members, this dog is not as friendly to strangers as the most popular retrievers. Its deepest loyalty is reserved for its owner.

Appearance / health:
The German Wirehaired Pointer is medium-sized muscular dog with a striking appearance similar to an Airedale Terrier. The head is moderately long. The brown eyes are medium in size. The ears are rounded, hanging close to the head. The skull is broad. The muzzle is fairly long with a straight nasal bone. The nose is dark brown with nostrils wide open. The neck is of medium length, slightly arched. The coated tail is set high, carried at or above the horizontal when the dog is alert. The eyebrows are of strong, straight hair. The beard and whiskers are of medium length.

The coat repels water, helping the dog dry quickly after a bath or a swim. They do not shed too much or "blow" their coat twice a year like many breeds. They require brushing twice a week with a firm bristle brush.

They require moderate to high amounts of exercise. Walking and jogging are good ways of providing them exercise. They make excellent companions on treks, camps, and fishing trips.

German Wirehaired Pointers are prone to hip dysplasia (a condition marked by abnormal hip formation that can lead to lameness), ear infections, genetic eye disease, and cancers.

Behavior / temperament:
The German Wirehaired Pointer is a fearless dog when hunting quick, fierce animals such as fox and weasel. These dogs were expected to locate and kill such game. Their strong hunting instincts can be still seen by the way they chase other animals. A typical German Haired Pointer is quite capable of fighting or biting when the situation demands. They can easily jump fences, and do not commonly dig under fences. However, bored dogs may dig holes or indulge in other destructive behaviors. These enthusiastic workers need adequate mental and physical stimulation.

German Wirehaired Pointers are fast learners. With their strong desire to please and work, they can be trained easily. However, they do not respond to harsh training methods and require positive reinforcement. Praise and reward along with a patient, kind, and consistent approach to training may be more effective than heavy-handed techniques.

They are not very noisy.


loving family dog, great guard dog, active families, happy attitude, hunting dog


high energy level, Same sex aggression, strong prey drive, absolute force, outlet, stamina


energy dogs, mental stimulation

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