German Wirehaired Pointer

AKC Group: Sporting

Developed at the end of the 19th/beginning of the 20th centuries, the German Wirehaired Pointer is a cross between the German Pointer and several other breeds, believed to be the Wirehaired Griffon, Poodle-Pointer, Foxhound and Bloodhound. The German Wirehaired Pointer is most popular in its native Germany.

Size: 22 to 26 inches high; 60 to 70 pounds

Color: Liver and white. Ears and the head are solid liver. Can have a white blaze.

Life span: 12 to 14 years

Health problems: Hip or elbow dysplasia, thyroid problems, cataracts, epilepsy, entropion, von Willebrand’s Disease.

German Wirehaired Pointers are active, agile, tolerant, obedient dogs that are intelligent. They are quick learners, but may have a stubborn streak or be overly submissive — depending on natural personalities. Early socialization can help with both these temperaments. They love to play and have an excess of energy, so you’ll need to ensure they receive plenty of mental and physical stimulation. If not, the German Wirehaired Pointer will become bored and turn destructive. They like kids, but do best with older children. They tend to be too exuberant for youngsters. If well socialized, they do well with other pets. They may chase strange cats or be aggressive with strange dogs. With strangers, they may be reserved or friendly depending on individual personality. The German Wirehaired Pointer is a determined, protective, dedicated dog.

This breed has a short, close-fitting coat with a harsh texture. The German Wirehaired Pointer is a sturdy, athletic-looking dog with an alert and intelligent expression. They are a seasonal shedder that will require more attention then. Otherwise, brush as needed to keep the coat in good condition.

The German Wirehaired Pointer requires a consistent, firm trainer from the time they are puppies. The most difficult part of training will be housebreaking. To make it easier for you both, try crate training, so that they can’t go when you’re not looking. They also require frequent access to be able to relieve themselves (until they gain more control which happens naturally as they age). If you can’t provide him with that access, you’ll have to take him out frequently. If that isn’t possible, consider using a litterbox or newspapers. Socialization is another essential area of training. The optimal time to socialize the German Wirehaired Pointer is between 7 weeks to 6 months of age. Get them out to meet people and animals. The more you can expose them to at this stage, the better. Socialization will remain an important lifelong component throughout his entire life span. If you don’t socialize your German Wirehaired Pointer, once he’s an adult, you’ll be stuck with all his bad habits and he’ll never be able to change. German Wirehaired Pointers excel at agility, hunting, tracking or retrieving activities. In fact agility trials are a great way to occupy him mentally and physically.


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