The German Wirehaired Pointer was bred for hunting in harsh climates and thick underbrush.
Deutsch-Drahthaar (doych drot-har) means German Wirehair.
Body: Medium sized, muscular and well-balanced with tight skin and a deep chest. Well known for his weather resistant, wiry coat, eyebrows, and beard.
Coat: Straight, hard and wiry. Flat, weather-resistant and water repellent. Thick in the winter for colder temperatures and thinning to almost nothing in summer.
Color: Black, liver (brown) or either color combined with white.
Ears: Rounded, moderately broad, natural and set high, no folds.
Eyes: Medium sized, oval, dark brown and clear with heavy eyebrows to protect his eyes and a beard (full or half) to protect his foreface.
Feet: Webbed feet with well-arched toes, dense hard pads, and strong nails.
Head: Moderate length, smooth skull, medium stop, straight broad muzzle, brown nose, wide nostrils, and beard.
Legs: Forelegs are straight with flat bones and strong. Hind legs are strong and angled at the stifle and hock.
Neck: Medium length and somewhat arched. No dewlap.
Weight: 60 – 70 pounds
Height: 22 – 26 inches
Tail: Straight, high set and usually docked.
Recommended for experienced dog handlers
Can be dominant with other dogs
Will likely chase cats
AKC Standards say, “Of sound, reliable temperament, the German Wirehaired Pointer is at times aloof but not unfriendly toward strangers; a loyal and affectionate companion who is eager to please and enthusiastic to learn.”
He is an intelligent, robust and highly energetic athlete best suited for an athletic owner who regularly participates in sporting activities such as hunting and hiking. He needs lots of activity and attention to prevent boredom which could lead to destructive behavior and incessant barking.
He is a marvelous family dog who is affectionate, loyal and tolerant. He is fun-loving and enjoys being part of all family activities no matter what is going on.
Because of his hunting instincts, early training in obedience and early socialization are a must. He is a quick learner but strong-willed and needs an owner capable of training him with a firm but fair and rewarding approach.
AKC Group: Sporting Group (hunting)
An all weather, all purpose dog bred to hunt, point, and retrieve in harsh climates and dense underbrush.
Care and Grooming
Exercise: Lots of vigorous daily exercise is necessary for this athletic dog.
Grooming: Brush one to two times weekly. Have his coat stripped (plucking out the dead hairs) two to three times annually.
Life Expectancy: 12 – 14 Years
vWD – a blood disorder
Country of Origin