Needing vigorous daily exercise, the German wirehaired pointer is not suited for apartment living or small homes. The dog is considered even-tempered and loyal to its family and interacts well with children.
Today, the German wirehaired pointer is one of the most popular dogs in Germany, where it is known as the Drahthaar.
Male: 45-75 lbs.
Female: 45-75 lbs.
Height at Withers:
Male: 25 in.
Female: 24 in.
Floppy ears (naturally)
Exercise Requirements: >40 minutes/day
Energy Level: Very energetic
Longevity Range: 12-14 yrs.
Tendency to Drool: Low
Tendency to Snore: Low
Tendency to Bark: Low
Tendency to Dig: Low
Social/Attention Needs: High
Characteristics: Hard coat, straight, flat
Colors: Liver and white
Overall Grooming Needs: Moderate
AKC Classification: Sporting
UKC Classification: Gun Dog
Adult males are about 25 inches tall and weigh about 70 pounds (32 kilograms). Females are a bit shorter at 24 inches, and they weigh about 60 pounds (27 kilograms).
German wirehaired pointers are slightly longer than they are tall, and they have a relatively short back. The ears hang down, and the tail usually is docked.
German wirehaired pointers have a distinctively harsh, wiry, water-resistant outer coat that provides excellent protection from the elements and briars. They also have wiry eyebrows, a
They have a good life expectancy of about 12 to 14 years.
German wirehaired pointers are extremely active. Considered even-tempered dogs, they are loyal to their family. They do very well with children if raised with them or with older children who treat them well. They also do well with other pets if raised with them; some individuals in the breed may try to dominate other animals.
The breed is leery of strangers and makes a good watchdog.
These dogs need lots of vigorous
German wirehaired pointers are considered average shedders. Brushing the coat a couple of times weekly, occasional stripping, and bathing as needed are all that is necessary to groom this dog.
German wirehaired pointers were bred in Germany in the late 1800s to be hardy, versatile gun dogs that could scent, point and retrieve in the harshest of climates.
They descended from a variety of breeds, one of which is a dog known as the
Today, the German wirehaired pointer is one of the most popular dogs in Germany, where it is known as the Drahthaar. It came to America in the 1920s and achieved AKC recognition in 1959; however, the breed has attained only modest popularity in America.