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German Wirehaired Pointer

Deutscher Drahthaariger, Vorstehund, German Pointer (Wirehaired), Drahthaar


A sturdily built hunter, the German wirehaired pointer should be able to hunt all day through all types of cover. It is slightly longer than it is tall, enabling the gait to be free and smooth. The weather-resistant, straight wiry coat is an essential breed characteristic. The outer coat is about 1 to 2 inches long, long enough to protect against brambles but not so long that the outline of the dog is obscured. The eyebrows, beard and whiskers are of medium length. The undercoat is thick in winter for warmth but thin in summer.

The German wirehaired pointer is both a rugged bird dog and amiable companion. It has the energy to hunt for hours, so it must be given a daily outlet lest it becomes destructive. It is a responsive breed, although it tends to be stubborn. It retains a guarding instinct, so it is often aloof, even protective, toward strangers as well as strange dogs. It is generally good, if sometimes overly boisterous, with children. It is ideal for the outdoor-oriented person wanting a tireless, weather-proof, intelligent partner.

Size Medium
Height Male: 24-26 inches (60-67 cm)Female: 22-24 inches (56-62 cm)
Weight 60-70 pounds (27-32 kg)
Lifespan 12-14 years
Colors Liver Liver & White
Origin Germany
Classification Purebred
Good Lapcat
Good In Apartments

The German Wirehaired Pointer is not recommended for apartment life. It can be somewhat high strung and very active indoors; needs plenty of exercise to prevent extreme indoor restlessness. It will do best with at least a large yard.

Good With Children

Not Good with Kids: In isolation, this dog breed might not be the best option for kids. However, to mitigate the risks, have the puppy grow up with kids and provide it with plenty of pleasant and relaxed experiences with them. This breed is also friendly toward other pets and shy toward strangers.

Good With Dogs

Good With Cats

They may or may not get along with cats and other small pets. Puppies that are raised with cats often accept them as part of the family, but older GWPs who aren’t familiar with them may simply view them as another type of prey. Keep them separated if you have any doubts at all. Most do best in a home without cats or other preylike pets such as rabbits or hamsters, and you would do well to warn neighbors with free-roaming cats that their pets may be at risk.

Exercise Needs

It is a tireless breed requiring at least an hour a day of serious exercise. It enjoys long walks, swimming, and retrieving. The German Wirehaired Pointer is most suited to outdoor activities and fits best with a sporty family.


Easy Training: The German Wirehaired Pointer has a good reputation for training as it strongly desires to please its master. A consistent training approach is required as it can sometimes be willful.



Grooming Requirements

Moderate Maintenance: The German Wirehaired Pointer should be brushed weekly and bathed only when necessary. Ears should be checked periodically for infection. Stripping may be required occasionally for show dogs.


Moderate Shedding: Expect this dog to shed regularly. Be prepared to vacuum often. Brushing will reduce shedding as well as make the coat softer and cleaner.



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