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German Wirehaired Pointer: Personality, Health, Grooming
Group: AKC Sporting Dog, KCGB
AKC Ranking: 73
Also Known As: German Wire-haired
About German Wirehaired Pointer
Country of Origin, History of the breed
This breed was developed
in Germany in the beginning of the 20th century.
Contributing breeds include German Pointer,
Wirehaired Griffon, Poodle, Foxhound, and
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A General Appearance
of the Dog
The German Wirehaired Pointer
has a distinctive appearance. It is a well-muscled,
medium-sized dog with a weather resistant wiry coat
and a square face with facial furnishings (mustache-like
and longer fur over the face). The Wirehaired Pointer
has bushy eyebrows, a mustache, and a full but not
overlong beard. His wiry coat protects him from
the weather and from brambles. The beard, forehead
hair, and whiskers protect his face. His tail is
German Wirehaired Pointer is liver
and white, solid liver, black and white, solid black,
or tri-colored. He may be spotted, roan, or ticked.
The nose is dark brown and his head and ears should
The outer coat is about 1.5 inches
long, thick and harsh. There is a dense undercoat,
(undercoat more prevalent in winter than summer).
It should not hide body shape but it should be long
enough to give good protection. The coat should
lie close to the body. The hair on head and ears
is thick and short, but not too soft. The Wirehaired
Pointer has bushy eyebrows, a mustache, and a full
but not overlong beard.
Males: 24 – 26 inches
Females: 22 – 24 inches; not under 22 inches
Weight: 60 -70
Temperament of the Dog
The German Wirehaired Pointer
is friendly with all they know but aloof with those
they do not know. They like to be kept busy and
enjoy working for and with their owner. They can
be rather willful and should be thoroughly socialized
and obedience trained starting at an early age.
They need to be trained with a firm, not harsh,
German Wirehaired Pointers are
intelligent, active and affectionate. They like
to learn. They are loyal to their families. They
do best with older, considerate children. They can
be very jealous if their owner pays attention to
other dogs or children. Most get along with other
animals they have known since puppyhood. They can
be good watchdogs.
If they do not get enough exercise,
German Wirehaired Pointing Dogs will be hard to
handle. They are powerful and energetic and like
to roam and run. They get bored easily and can become
destructive or jump a fence and go on a run.
With their good nose, they love
to track and hunt, point, and retrieve. Water and
all types of terrain are okay with them.
Better suited to an indoor
or outdoor lifestyle?
German Wirehaired Pointers want
to live inside but have plenty of outdoor exercise.
Are they suited to homes
They do best with older, considerate
children. They can be very jealous if their owner
pays attention to other dogs or children.
How active is the Breed?
This breed is not recommended
for apartment living as they are very active both
indoors and outdoors. They also tend to be high
This is a very active breed. They
are high strung. They are active and get bored easily
if left in the house. They must have a large, very
securely fenced yard and access to it throughout
This breed is more than a match
for even the most active family and they should
not be taken on as a family pet unless they can
guarantee plenty of vigorous exercise. They need
to be taken on a daily, brisk, long walk or jog
or run alongside you when you bicycle. They are
excellent jogging companions and love to swim and
Twice a week brushing with a firm
bristle brush is necessary. Some stripping of the
coat by hand plucking will be needed in the spring
and fall. Bathe only when necessary.
Check the ears often for cleanliness and infection.
This is an average shedder.
Problems include hip dysplasia,
genetic eye disease, and skin cancers.
German Wirehaired Pointers are prone to ear infections.
Life Span: 12-14
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