German Wirehaired Pointer

German Wirehaired Pointer

Dog Facts

Type:
Gundog
Energy:
High
Exercise Requirement:
High
Affection Level:
Fairly affectionate
Protection:
Very protective
Size:
Large
Grooming Maintenance:
Minimal - moderate
Temperature Preference:
Temperate
Typical Lifespan:
12-14 years

About the German Wirehaired Pointer Breed

The German Wirehaired Pointer is similar to the German Shorthaired Pointer, sharing a common ancestry. This dog is one of the most versatile hunting dogs to come out of Germany. It can point, retrieve, and take down quarry by itself. It is slightly longer than tall, and has a far-reaching gait. It has hanging ears and a longish muzzle that helps it scent. It has a short tail. It can manoeuvre through all types of ground cover, helped out by its wiry coat which prevents thorns or vegetation snagging and the dog getting caught.

The coat is about 1 to 2 inches long, identifiably longer than the German Shorthaired Pointer's coat. The colouring is usually a base of solid liver, with white ticking. It may have solid patches of liver distinguished from the sea of white flecks. The dog can have a black or brown coat, but this can be severely penalised in shows. The face of the dog has even longer, more distinctive hair. It looks almost as if it has a goatee and the hair hangs around the nose, mouth, and under the chin.

The German Wirehaired Pointer was the product of a concerted effort to breed a dog that was useful for all the jobs which needed doing on a wide variety of hunt types. It can locate and point to game, track injured game, dispatch smaller animals (including vermin), and retrieve downed birds and waterfowl.

The Wirehaired Pointer requires exercise every day. It is an energetic dog that could turn its energy to destructive mischief around the home, if it is not exhausted with a long walk or an intense game. It will need brushing about once a week to keep its coat healthy, and will not be happy if just left outdoors. It is a sociable dog that likes to spend time with its owners, and does best indoors with access to a secure garden.

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