To call the German Wirehaired Pointer “clownish” is no exaggeration — this dog performed with the Ringling Bros. Circus! Some folks call this breed ugly. But we happen to think silly and smart is beautiful, thank you very much.
The German Wirehaired Pointer is strong, too. Designed for hunting, this pup excels at retrieving and pointing. In fact, the eager, well-rounded German Wirehaired Pointer is German's favorite breed of gun dog.
Originally from Germany, this medium-sized breed can grow to between 50-70 pounds and lives an average of 14-16 years. The breed is recognized by the American Kennel Club and classified as a member of the Sporting breed group.
AKC Recognized: Y
Breed's Original Pastime: Hunting
Breed Group: Sporting
Average Lifespan: 14-16 years
Bark Factor: Moderate
AKC RANKING 74
FAMILY gundog, pointer, versatile hunting dog
AREA OF ORIGIN Germany
DATE OF ORIGIN 1800s
ORIGINAL FUNCTION general hunting, watchdog
TODAY'S FUNCTION pointing, pointing field trials, companion
AVERAGE SIZE OF MALE Height: 24-26 Weight: 45-75
AVERAGE SIZE OF FEMALE Height: >22 Weight: 45-75
OTHER NAME Deutscher drahthaariger, vorstehund, German pointer (Wirehaired), drahthaar
Energy level High energy
Exercise needs High
Playfullness Very playful
Affection level Moderately affectionate
Friendliness toward other dogs Shy
Friendliness toward other pets Friendly
Friendliness toward strangers Shy
Ease of training Moderately easy to train
Watchdog ability High
Protection ability Very protective
Grooming needs Moderate maintenance
Cold tolerance Medium tolerance
Heat tolerance Medium tolerance
BEHAVIOR & TRAINING
WHAT IS A GERMAN WIREHAIRED POINTER'S PERSONALITY LIKE?
German Wirehaired Pointers are reliable, sensible, and strong-willed, as you might expect from an accomplished hunting breed. But they also make for loyal, playful and affectionate family members.
This breed will do best when supervised with children and other dogs. They're generally friendly toward other pets, but early socialization is suggested for any breed. They can be standoffish, but aren't usually suspicious of strangers.
WHAT IS GERMAN WIREHAIRED POINTER BEHAVIOR LIKE?
This is a high-energy and very active breed. Your German Wirehaired Pointer needs room to stretch her legs — plan on up to two hours (and at least 60 minutes) of off-leash running daily.
These dogs are alert, vigilant, and very protective. German Wirehaired Pointers are somewhat prone to barking.
HOW EASY IS IT TO TRAIN A GERMAN WIREHAIRED POINTER?
These dogs are people-pleasers — they're intelligent and very trainable. But this determined breed can also be stubborn. It's important to be patient and consistent while training your pup. Early and frequent socialization is important if you want your German Wirehaired Pointer to be a family dog.
A bored or neglected German Wirehaired Pointer is a noisy and destructive one, so be sure you keep this smarty-paws physically active and mentally challenged. They'll thrive with lots of company and outdoor activity.
CARE & HEALTH
HOW MUCH DO GERMAN WIREHAIRED POINTERS SHED AND WHAT ARE THEIR GROOMING NEEDS?
German Wirehaired Pointers have a short, wiry, harsh coat that is coarse and weather-resistant. These dogs are light seasonal shedders. Plan for weekly brushing, but they won't need much beyond that.
WHAT HEALTH PROBLEMS DO GERMAN WIREHAIRED POINTERS HAVE?
German Wirehaired Pointers are generally healthy. Some are prone to eye diseases, hip or elbow dysplasia, blood clotting disorders, and skin cancer.
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ARE GERMAN WIREHAIRED POINTERS GOOD FOR PEOPLE WITH ALLERGIES?
The American Kennel Club doesn't list German Wirehaired Pointers among its breeds recommended for allergy sufferers.
Remember that no breed is 100% hypoallergenic, and any breed can aggravate allergies. You can reduce your furry friend's impact on your allergies with frequent baths and brushings to reduce loose hairs and aggravating proteins in your pet's dander. Use a damp cloth to wipe off your dog after you've been playing outside. Smaller dogs have less surface area, and so produce comparatively less dander than larger breeds — definitely something to keep in mind with a dog as large as a German Wirehaired Pointer!
WHAT IS A GERMAN WIREHAIRED POINTER'S BEST DAY?
This dog likes to be on the move, so get up early and hit the trails. (Maybe bring a snack with you, though. Breakfast is important.) Let your German Wirehaired Pointer run her 'lil legs off flushing birds, squirrels, and any other furry creature foolish enough to cross her path. Head home for a late lunch and a well-deserved lounging session—she's going to want to run again before bedtime.
SHOULD I ADOPT A GERMAN WIREHAIRED POINTER?
This is a somewhat rare breed, so a German Wirehaired Pointer might be hard to find. There are a few other considerations as well. These dogs are not well suited for apartment living — they need extended daily exercise; the dog park is just not going to cut it. This breed can also be a bit stubborn, and might frustrate a novice dog owner. Above all, these are active, affectionate, and playful dogs. German Wirehaired Pointers will do best in homes with active, experienced dog owners who appreciate their drive, devotion, and sense of humor.
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