At A Glance

Size: Medium

Weight: 45 - 70 lbs.

Height: 22" - 26"

Life Span: 12 - 14 years

German Wirehaired Pointer

Also know as: German Pointer, Drahthaar, Deutscher Drahthaariger, Vorstehund

Group: Sporting

Origin: Germany (1800s)

Today's Role: Companion Dog

History and Facts: 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.

Temperament / Behavior
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.

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

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

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


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