German Wire Haired Pointer is a German hunting dog and was developed in the late 1800s from crossings of the German Short haired Pointer, Pudel pointer, Pointer, Foxhound, and other breeds. It is an excellent hunting dog both on land and in water.
The German Wire haired Pointer is an active, hard-working dog with a strong desire to both point and retrieve. Although there are similarities between the German Wire haired Pointer and the German Short haired Pointer, and the Short haired Pointer is an ancestor, the Wire haired Pointer should not be considered a Short hair with a different coat. This is an entirely different breed.
The German Wire-haired Pointer stands 22 to 26 inches tall and weighs 45 to 75 pounds. He is medium-sized, lean, and athletic. He has brown eyes, a brown nose, and dropped ears. The tail is docked. His coat is wiry and weather resistant, with a dense undercoat. The coat is liver and white, with spots, ticking, or roaning. This dog breed’s wiry coat needs regular grooming. A breeder can demonstrate correct grooming techniques. The undercoat does shed, and between grooming sessions, the coat should be brushed twice weekly.
The German Wire haired Pointer is an active dog breed who needs vigorous daily exercise. He will enjoy a run alongside a bicycle or a jog with you. All exercise should be on leash or inside a fenced in yard, as this breed enjoys hunting and can be gone in a flash. Training should begin young because this breed can be somewhat independent and stubborn. The breed does take to training well, however, if the training is structured and firm yet fun. Socialisation should also begin young, as Wirehairs can be wary of strangers.
This breed does best with an active owner who will keep the dog active as well. Left alone too much, these dogs can get into trouble. With socialisation and training, German Wire haired Pointers can be good with kids, although young dogs may be rowdy. The breed is not always good with smaller dogs, cats, or other small pets. Health concerns include hip dysplasia and von Willebrand disease.