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• High energy level
• High exercise needs
• Very playful
• Moderately Affectionate
• Shy towards other dogs
• Friendly friendly around other pets
• Shy around strangers
• Fairly easy to train
• Great watchdogs
• Very protective
• Moderate grooming requirements
• Medium tolerance to heat
• Medium tolerance to cold
The German Wirehaired Pointer is an excellent companion for an outdoor enthusiast who would also like a great family pet. This dog breed thrives on his relationship with his family and will bond very closely. He may be a bit much for very young children and should be supervised. His energy is never-ending, but with proper daily exercise he can behave well in the house.
The German Wirehaired Pointer is stubborn but he is also responsive, and with proper training will be a treasured family member who tends to be protective against strange dogs and people. His Wirehair gives him a coat that is almost weatherproof, and his intelligence and sturdy build makes him a hunter who can go all day If need be.
Without daily exercise the German Wirehaired Pointer can become frustrated so it’s best to ensure he gets a good hour every day. He prefers to be indoors with his family when he’s not on the hunt or out on an adventure or walk.
His harsh coat requires brushing once a week and possibly occasional stripping to keep his sleek appearance.
Although his origins date back to the 19th century, the German Wirehaired Pointer has been an intermingling of various breeds, a determination to create the perfect dog that could provide a hunter with an extremely versatile companion.
They wanted the traits of pointers, foxhounds and even poodles to enable the breed to point upland game, track, hold its own against vermin, and retrieve waterfowl from anywhere, including water. A watchdog and companion were also a requirement of this new breed.
The German Wirehaired Pointer is now the most popular in Germany, and even though it arrived in the US in the 20s, it wasn’t recognized by the AKC until 1959. He is nowhere near as popular in the US as he is in Germany, and likely never will be.