German Wirehaired Pointer

Dog Breed Profile
German Wirehaired Pointer

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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.

  • Best suited to being a part of the family as opposed to living outdoors
  • Health conditions that need to be tested for include hips and elbows
  • Grooming needs include occasional brushing
  • The German Wirehaired Pointer is a very energetic and friendly, intelligent animal that can be fairly easily trained
  • Has a great relationship with family members, young and old, is very protective and great watchdog
  • The average size of a male is 45 to 75lbs and 24 to 26 inches tall
  • The average size of a female is 45 to 75lbs and more than 22 inches tall

Care & Health:

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.

Major Health Concerns:


Minor Health Concerns:

–elbow dysplasia

Test for:

–hips and elbows

Life Span:

– 12 to 14 years

Breed History:

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.

  • Family history is gundog, pointer and versatile hunting dog
  • Originally from Germany
  • First bred in the 1800’s
  • Original purpose was general hunting and watchdog
  • Today they are used for pointing, pointing field trials and companion
  • Also known as Deutscherdrahthaariger, vorstehund, German Pointer, drathaar