German Wirehaired Pointer Dog Breed
- General Appearance:
- This breed has a wiry, coarse, straight and weather resistant coat. It is typically two inches in length and has a thick undercoat. This combination makes the coat water-repellant and protects the German Wirehaired Pointer from thorns and brambles. They are bearded, whiskered, and have thick forehead hair to protect the face. The German Wirehaired Pointer is a well-muscled, medium sized dog of distinctive appearance. German Wirehaired Pointers are balanced in size and sturdy build. German Wirehaired Pointers are among three German Pointer breeds: the German Wirehaired, the German Shorthaired Pointer, and the German Long-haired Pointer. Overall should be slightly longer in body, compared to shoulder height.
- Other Names:Deutscher Drahthaariger, Vorstehund, German Pointer (Wirehaired), Drahthaar
- Country Of Origin:Germany
- Dog Group Kennel Club:Gundog
- Liver and white, solid liver, black and white in UK
- This is a breed that is extremely affectionate and active. They are eager to learn, like to be occupied, and enjoy being with their owner. The German Wirehaired Pointer does best with older, considerate children. They are particularly attached to their master and may display jealousy. This breed will generally get along well with other dogs and pets, but may try to dominate them. They tend to be more aloof and suspicious than the Shorthaired Pointer, but they are affectionate and friendly to family. They enjoy playing, but are a serious hard worker. They are equally at home in the water as on land.
- Smooth, covering plenty of ground with each stride, driving hind action, elbows turning neither in nor out. Definitely not a hackney action.
- Care and training:
- The coat of the German Wirehaired Pointer requires brushing with a firm bristle brush twice weekly. They also need occasional stripping of the coat. Bathing should only be done when absolutely necessary. It is important to keep the ears clean and check their feet after the German Wirehaired Pointer has been out working. Thinning is necessary in the spring and fall. They shed in the spring.
German Wirehaired Pointers need to be taught basic obedience and socialized early to other dogs and humans. They do, however, enjoy learning and training. They can be stubborn and willful, but are eager to please. German Wirehaired Pointers excel in agility, tracking, retrieving, and hunting.
- Overall Exercise:
- 2 hours per day.
Because they are primarily field sports dogs, they need plenty of exercise. After puppyhood, free galloping is a necessity on a regular basis. Care must be taken when allowing them off the lead as they are hunting dogs and, as such, will gallop off on their own.
- Feeding Requirements:
- As puppies, this breed must be fed on high-quality food and the breeder's diet sheet followed carefully. The cost of feeding will reduce as they reachmaturity.
- Personal Protection:Low
- Suitability As Guard Dog:Low
- Level of Aggression:Low
- Compatibility With Other Animals:High
- Suitability for Children:High
- Often Docked?Yes
- Average Litter Size:6-10
- Life Expectancy (yrs):10-14
- Health issues:
- This breed has been relatively healthy over the years. There have been cases of hip dysplasia and entropion. Sometimes hormone problems affect their coats.
- The German Wirehaired Pointer and other Pointer types developed in Germany in the 1800s. Among these were the Pudelpointers, the Griffon, Stichelhaar and the German Shorthaired Pointer, all of which may have contributed to the breed. Foxhounds, Airedale Terriers, and Broken Coated Pointers were said to have been in the mix as well. The Pointer types eventually separated into separate breeds over the years. In the late 19th century, or 1870, the German Wirehaired Pointer was recognized by Germany. Over time the breed made its way to the American circuit in the 1920s, like its cousin, the Shorthaired Pointer. It never gained as much popularity as its Shorthaired cousin, but was still very useful to hunters in America as well as Germany.