Breed Organization German Wirehaired Pointer Club of America Website:
http://www.gwpca.com Native Country Germany Other Names Drahthaar, German Wirehaired Pointing Dog, Deutscher Drahthaariger Vorstehhund, Vorstehund Life Expectancy Approximately 12-14 Years Litter Size Average 6-8 Puppies Breed Group AKC Sporting
Breed Appearance The German Wirehaired pointer is a well
muscled, medium sized dog of distinctive appearance. Balanced in
size and sturdily built, the breed's most distinguishing
characteristics are its weather resistant, wire-like coat and its
facial furnishings. Typically pointer in character and style, the
German wirehaired pointer is an intelligent, energetic and
determined hunter. The tail is typically docked to two-fifths of the
natural length. In countries where docking is prohibited the tail
should be of sufficient length to reach down to the hocks. Like all
German pointers, they have webbed feet. This dog is sometimes
confused with the Spinone Italiano.
Breed Description Head: Broad. Foreface has an energetic
expression. Slightly domed skull. Moderate stop. Long, broad,
powerful muzzle. No pendulous flews. Dark brown nose. Thick beard. Ears: Set on high, medium in width, not curled. Eyes: Oval, the darker the better. Bushy eyebrows. Body: Square build. Neck medium in length, curved. Withers
high, well-muscled. Broad, well let-down chest. Well-sprung ribs.
Muscular loin. Broad hips. Slight tuck-up. Short flanks. Long,
broad, gently sloping croup. Short, straight back. Tail: Not too thick. Docked for hunting. Carried as straight
and level with the ground as possible. Hair: Hard, wirehaired, lying flat, dense. Good protection from
bad weather and injury. 2 to 4 cm in length. Shorter below the chest
and abdomen and on the head and ears. Dense undercoat. Coat: Dark to medium brown (brown mixed with white or light
brown, and grizzled. Mixed with black and white hairs, with or
without patches of color). Size: Dog: 60 to 67 cm. (23.6-26.4 in).Bitch: 56 to 62 cm.
(22-24.4 in). Weight: 27 to 32 kg (59.6-70.6 lb).
History In the late nineteenth century, German breeders
desiring a multi-purpose pointer crossed the German Shorthaired
Pointing Dog, the Poodle, the Pudelpointer, pointing griffons, and
the Airedale Terrier. The Stichelhaar, a broken-coated old German
pointer, might also have been used. The German Wirehaired Pointing
Dog inherited amazing potential from his ancestors. He is named for
his hard, bristly coat (drahthaarig means "wirehaired"). A breed
club was founded in 1902 in Germany, and the Kennel Club recognized
the breed in 1955.
Behavior This hardy, courageous, energetic, spirited dog
with lightning speed and great endurance works on all types of game
on all kinds of terrain and in all weather. With his highly acute
nose, he tracks steadily and persistently and points precisely. He
is both a pointer and a hunter of hare, fox, and wild boar. He is
also a remarkable blood trailer of wounded large game. Very loyal,
even-tempered, and gentle, he is a good pet. Given his strong will,
possible stubbornness, and jealousy of other dogs, he needs firm but
Health Some are prone to hip dysplasia, ear
infections, genetic eye disease and skin cancers.
Advice He can live in the city, though not ideal, as
long as he gets two long walks a day. He also requires brushing
several times a week and attention to the ears.