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German Wirehaired Pointer

Size: Medium / Large

Weight: 45 - 70 lbs.

Height: 22" - 26"

Life Span: 12 - 14 years

Health Problems: Not well-suited for city or apartment dwellers. Breed-related health problems: hip dysplasia; von Willebrand's disease; lymphedema; hypothyroidism; subaortic stenosis; entropion.

Origin: Germany (1800s)

Also Known As: German Pointer, Drahthaar, Deutscher Drahthaariger, Vorstehund

Group: Sporting

Category: Companion Dog

Exercise Needs

The German Wirehaired Pointer requires plenty of vigorous exercise, such as long runs and jogs.

Grooming Needs

Bi-weekly brushing is required for your German Wirehaired Pointer.


The German Wirehaired Pointer tends to be more aloof than the German Shorthaired Pointer. This breed is also more wary of strangers. Obedience training can be somewhat challenging, as this breed is easily distracted. The German Wirehaired Pointer is an active breed that loves to hunt. It is an affectionate, devoted and loving family dog that may be too rambunctious for small children. It tends to be a sensitive breed that needs gentle training. German Wirehaired Pointers tend to make good barking watchdogs. If socialized early, most will accept other dogs and cats in the household.

Compatibility with Kids

May be too rambunctious for small children


The German Wirehaired Pointer was developed with a wiry coat so that is could easily run through dense areas of brambles. It is a descendant of the Pudelpointer, as well as the German Shorthair Pointer, Griffon and Polish Water Dog.

Pet Facts

This is the most popular hunting breed in Germany, but it was not introduced to the U.S., until 1959.

Dog Food for Your German Wirehaired Pointer

Puppy Select 6 lb. Front Counter

Puppy Select Formula

Features our exclusive balance of nutrients for growing puppies.

Adult Select 6 lb. Front Counter

Adult Select Formula

Formulated for dogs of all ages, an excellent choice for multi-dog families.

Senior Select 6 lb. Front Counter

Senior Select Formula

Formulated for dogs 7 years and older.

Sensitive Solutions Skin & Stomach Support 6 lb. Front Counter

Sensitive Solutions Skin & Stomach Support

Features the SmartDefense™ System, with vitamins C & E.

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