German Wirehaired Pointer Resource

German Wirehaired Pointer

Toward the end of the 19th century, when European sportsmen wanted a particular type of hunting dog, they created it. In Germany a wirecoated all-purpose gundog that could withstand rugged working conditions and hunt dangerous quarry was desired. The Germans began their creation with a proven versatile breed, the German Shorthaired Pointer. They bred to dogs with wire coats to improve the coat’s protective quality and to give a more aggressive appearance. The Wirehaired Pointer, with its harsh double coat and whiskered look, suggests energy and spirit. Described as being aloof but not unfriendly, the Wirehair also has a clownish side, which it enjoys sharing with its family. The breed is a medium size, keen-nosed and courageous sporting dog with a weather-resistant, wiry coat in liver and white, solid liver, (the white often spotted with ticking) and roaning in liver. Weekly brushing keeps it lying close and helps remove dead undercoat. Ears should be checked and cleaned as necessary. Males measure 24 to 26 inches at the shoulder; females are smaller but should not measure less than 22 inches. The Wirehair does well in suburban or country homes as a family pet and weekend hunting companion, but it is a bit too energetic for the city. Because it is happiest when outdoors and working, a Wirehair needs lots of exercise. Training should be firm, but allow for roughhousing during playtime.

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Breed Details

Country of Origin:
Medium Dog Breed
Solid liver or liver and white.

Weather-resistant, wiry coat.


Brush weekly. Check and clean ears as needed.

Life Expectancy:
12 to 14 years
AKC Group:
Sporting Group
UKC Group:
Gun Dog
22 to 26 inches at the shoulder
45 to 70 pounds
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