Thinking about purchasing an German Wirehaired Pointer? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the German Wirehaired Pointer breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good German Wirehaired Pointer owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the German Wirehaired Pointer and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an German Wirehaired Pointer Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new German Wirehaired Pointer and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
German Wirehaired Pointer Profile
The German Wirehaired Pointer is a well-muscled, medium sized dog of distinctive appearance. German Wirehaired Pointers are balanced in size and sturdy build. German Wirehaired Pointers are among three German Pointer breeds: the German Wirehaired, the German Shorthaired Pointer, and the German Long-haired Pointer. The German Wirehaired Pointers have a weather resistant, wire-like coat, bushy eyebrows, and a mustache and beard. German Wirehaired Pointers love human companionship, but don't do well in apartments as they need extensive exercise. The German Wirehaired Pointer is an all-around gundog, they like to hunt birds and small animals, making them high energy dogs. The German Wirehaired Pointer also makes an excellent watchdog. They are responsive and gentle, doing well with children. They are affectionate and even tempered, as well as bold and outgoing. They are friendly and often humorous to watch. They rejoice in being taught, as they love to learn. If they are not given enough exercise or entertainment, they may become bored and resort to destroying their boundaries. They love to play and enjoy a good wrestle with their owner. Sometimes they are more one-person dogs. Overall, the German Wirehaired Pointer is a hardy worker and good family dog.
Other Names: Deutscher Drahthaariger, Vorstehund, German Pointer (Wirehaired), Drahthaar
Type: Gun Dog
Females: 22 - 24 inches; Males: 24 - 26 inches.
and white, solid liver, black and white in UK.
Wirehaired Pointers are active, responsive, gentle, affectionate, even tempered,
bold and outgoing. They tend to be more aloof and suspicious than the Shorthaired
Pointer, but they are affectionate and friendly to family. They enjoy playing,
but are a serious hard worker. German Wirehaired Pointers can often be a clown
in front of their family. They are equally at home in the water as on land.
Watch-dog: Very High.
German Wirehaired Pointer Care
and Exercise: Brush the coat of a German Wirehaired Pointer
a couple of times a week, bathe when necessary. Thinning is necessary in the
spring and fall. They shed in the spring. Regular attention to their ears is
needed. German Wirehaired Pointers need a considerable amount of exercise as
they are an energetic hunter. Vigorous rough-housing combined with daily walks
or runs are good for this breed. Their coat should never have to be clipped.
Activity: Very High.
German Wirehaired Pointer Health Issues: This breed has been relatively healthy over the years. There have been cases of hip dysplasia and entropion. Sometimes hormone problems affect their coats.
Life Span: 10 - 14 years.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
German Wirehaired Pointers
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