German Wirehaired Pointer



The German Wirehaired Pointer (also referred to as the Deutscher Drahthaariger) was developed in Germany in the early 20th century. This is a versatile gun dog, able to hunt any game in any terrain. It shows the professional quality of the Pointer, Retriever and a Spaniel. German Wirehaired Pointers are average in size, well-balanced dogs with webbed feet, which helps them a lot in swimming.

Height: 20-26 inches  Weight: 50-70 pounds  Lifespan: 12-14 years


The German Wirehaired Pointer is a noble animal with distinctive, noteworthy appearance and lively expression of the muzzle. German Wirehaired Pointers are medium to large-sized, muscled dogs with a strong physique. This breed is always alert and very devoted to its master. Comparable Breeds: German Shorthaired Pointer, Irish Wolfhound.


This is a very affectionate and active breed. The German Wirehaired Pointer loves when he has a job to do, and he enjoys spending time with his family. This dog breed gets along well with older children, but since it gets very attached to his owner, it may show some jealousy. The Wirehaired Pointer coexists peacefully with other dog breeds and small pets within the family, but may try to dominate them. Dogs of this breed are very suspicious of strangers, and so they make excellent watchdogs.

Coat / Care:

The German Wirehaired Pointer has a rough, straight coat of wiry texture, which protects the dog from inclement weather. The 5cm long coat is this breed’s most distinctive feature. The undercoat is thick and dense. This combination gives the German Wirehaired Pointer’s hair water-repellent properties. This breed’s characteristic physical traits are the beard, mustache and bangs, which are protecting the dog’s eyes and face. As a rule, the most common colors for this breed are gray, brown, black, chestnut, either with ticking, roan or spotted. Wirehaired Pointer shed moderately. Twice a week, the German Wirehaired Pointer should be cleaned with a stiff brush. Also, this dog requires occasional trimming to remove excess hair. Bathing is allowed only in case of urgent need. It is important to keep the dog’s ears clean. Besides, make sure to check upon and clean the dog’s paws after the hunt or any other activity. German Wirehaired Pointers may be prone to hip dysplasia, ear infections, eye diseases (cataracts, entropion), Von Willebrand’s disease and skin cancer.


This breed needs socialization at very young age. The German Wirehaired Pointer can be very stubborn, but is always happy to please his master’s wishes. It is very important to teach the dog obedience based on patience, firmness and consistency. German Wirehaired Pointers stand out in agility, tracking and finding a game.


The German Wirehaired Pointer is naturally highly energetic and active. It is important that he exercises intensely on everyday basis. Therefore, this dog is suitable for folks that lead an active lifestyle. German Wirehaired Pointers are excellent companions, not only for jogging, but also for swimming and hiking. In the absence of the necessary physical or mental stimulation, the German Wirehaired Pointer can become very restless, frustrated and even destructive. In order to stay healthy and in shape, the German Wirehaired Pointer needs a lot of space where he could run freely. Therefore, it is not recommended to keep this breed indoors.

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