German Wirehaired Pointer / Deutscher Drahthaariger Vorstehhund, Drahthaar, German Wire-haired Pointing Dog

Friendship with other dogs
Friendship with strangers
Watch dog
Guard dog
Origin: Germany
Height: 21.84 - 26.13 inch
Weight: 48.4 - 74.8 lbs

Breed history:

 To get the today's specimens, several selections and crossbreedings between German Pointers, Griffons from Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland with Caniche, Pointer and Airedale were made. Dogs with great hunting abilities, also excelling in fetching and hunting, were obtained.


It is a medium- to large-sized dog with a well-balanced, brawny and square-shaped body. The head is of medium length with a long and wide muzzle and a dark brown nose. The eyes are medium-sized, oval, browns with big eyebrows. The ears are medium-sized, flat, round-ended and drooping. The tail is docked, but not too short and it is kept horizontal when alert. The fur is double-layered with a bushy and fluffy inner layer, and a waterproof outer layer with medium-lengh, wiry hair. It can be brown with reddish or black patches, brown with or without white, with a brown head.


It is an intelligent, active, dynamic, watchful dog, eager to learn and with a very strong sense of smell and a powerful hunting instinct. Is it attached and devoted to its master and family, affectionate and loving with children, but cautious around strangers. It accepts other dogs and other animals especially if it had been socialized from an early age.


The fur must be brushed weekly and, depending on the condition of the coat, must be trimmed by hand.

Living conditions:

This dog feels best with an active family and in an enclosed space where it can move freely. It is more difficult to raise in an apartment, because it likes being always busy and cannot adapt to sedentary life. It likes to learn, to play fetch, to run in wide open spaces and especially to hunt. It needs socialization and training.


With a consistent, gentle, varied training, one can obtain good results. It is a rather easy to train dog because it's a fast learner and wants to please its master. It has skills for all canine sports.


It retrieves the game, being ideal in forests and swamps. It is a loving and cheerful companion.

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