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The German Wirehaired Pointer is medium sized
all purpose dog with a most distinctive functional,
wiry coat. The breed's origins date back the
mid 1800s in Germany when sportsmen were in
need of a tough, rugged and all terrain hunting
companion with a coat protective of harsh
elements. The exact lineage is not known,
although the best educated sources indicate
Wirehaired Griffon, Poodle-Pointer mixes as
well as Bloodhound and Foxhound as possible
early contributors. Today's German Wirehaired
Pointers are said to be a result mainly of
these breeds: Pointer, Foxhound and Poodle.
German Wirehaired Pointers were brought to
the United States in the 1920s. The German
Drahthaar Club of America was formed in 1953,
but the name was officially changed to the
German Wirehaired Club of America when the
breed was admitted into the American Kennel
Club in 1959.
The height of a German Wirehaired Pointer
is 22 to 26 in. (53–66 cm) Males are
slightly larger than females.
Weight: The weight for a German
Wirehaired Pointer is 66 to 70 lbs (30 to
Coat Type: The
German Wirehaired Pointer's coat is harsh,
wiry textured. The outer coat is one to two
inches in length, flat lying, harsh, wiry,
hard. The undercoat is dense in the winter
providing insulation, yet thins out during
the warmer summer months. The German Wirehaired
Pointer's functional coat, which is the breed's
most distinctive feature, is weather resistant,
somewhat water repellant and provides protection
against rough terrain.
Color: The color of the German
Wirehaired Pointer's coat is liver and white,
usually either liver and white spotted, liver
roan, liver and white spotted with ticking
and roaming or solid liver. The head is liver,
sometimes with a white blaze. The ears are
liver. Any black in the coat is to be severely
penalized. (AKC standard)
German Wirehaired Pointers are active, intelligent
and a loyal family pet. They're eager to please,
devoted and affectionate with those they know,
to the point of becoming jealous of others.
German Wirehaired Pointers are happiest and
most well behaved with they are with their
family and they're appropriate for older children.
This breed is very friendly, but aloof with
strangers. The German Wirehaired Pointer makes
a good watchdog. This breed is eager to learn
- but dominance can be a problem, therefore
both adults and children must consistently
show leadership. German Wirehaired Pointers
are high energy dogs need plenty of exercise
and they love to roam.
Health Problems: Some German
Wirehaired Pointer lines are prone to hip
dysplasia, genetic eye disease, ear infections,
and skin cancers. Some are prone to bloat
and although rare, bladder control disease.
The average life expectancy for a German Wirehaired
Pointer is between 12 - 14 years.
• German Wirehaired Pointers
were also known as Deutsch-Drahthaar.
• German Wirehaired Pointers were admitted
into the American Kennel Club in 1959.
• German Wirehaired Pointers point and
retrieve both on land and water.
AKC: Sporting Group
ANKC: Group 3 - Gundogs
CKC: Group 1 - Sporting Dogs
FCI: Group 7; Section 1 - Continental Pointing
KC: Gundog Group
UKC: Gun Dog