Dog Breed Profiles

German Wirehaired Pointer

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Dog Breed Group
Sporting Dogs 
Origin of Breed
Germany, hunting dog. 
Life Expectancy
10 - 12 Years 
Color
Liver and white, solid liver, black and white. 
Coat
Thick and harsh, no longer than 1.5 inches with a dense undercoat 
Exercise Needs
Needs a considerable amount of exercise as he is an energetic hunter. 
Temperament
Loves human companionship. The German Wirehaired Pointer makes an excellent watchdog. He is active, responsive, gentle, affectio 
Good with Children
Good with children. Good with other pets, but may not get along with other dogs. 
Grooming Needs
Brush the coat a couple of times a week, bath when necessary. Thinning is necessary in the spring and fall. Regular attention to 
Average Size - Male (in)
24 - 26 
Average Size - Female (in)
> 22 
Average Weight - Male (lbs)
60 - 70 
Average Weight - Female (lbs)
60 - 70 
Health Issues
Cases of hip dysplasia and entropion. Sometimes hormone problems that affect their coats.v
Living Conditions
A home with a fenced yard is essential. Does not do well in apartment living as he needs extensive exercise. 

Breed Description

The German Wirehaired Pointer is a well-muscled, medium sized dog of distinctive appearance. Balanced in size and study built. He has weather resistant, wire-like coat, bushy eyebrows, mustache and beard. An all-around gundog, he likes to hunt birds and small animals making him a high energy dog. Developed in Germany in the late 19th century. He is a combination of the German Shorthaired Pointer, Poodle, Foxhound and terrier.

Breed Infobits

Other names for the German Wirehaired Pointer include: Deutscher Drahthaariger, Vorstehund, German Pointer (Wirehaired), Drahthaar.

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