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Wirehaired Pointer Dog

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Wirehaired Pointer Dog

German hunters in search of a rugged dog who could hunt any kind of game on any terrain created the German Wirehaired Pointer in the late 1800s. In him they blended the best qualities of the Pointer, Poodle, and Foxhound to develop an all-purpose dog who could point and retrieve on land and in water, no matter what the weather or environment.

He is distinguished from the German Shorthaired Pointer not only by his coat but also by his size — slightly larger with a longer body — but also by differences in head shape and temperament. The two breeds were developed separately, with the Shorthair being slightly older and crosses of different breeds were used to develop each.

The German Wirehaired Pointer was admitted into the German Kartell for dogs in 1928. He was imported into the United States in the 1920s, and in 1953, the German Drahthaar Club of America was formed.

The breed was admitted into the AKC in 1959, when the parent club was officially changed to the German Wirehaired Pointer Club of America. He remains a well-loved hunting companion today.

  • Size

    Males stand 24 to 26 inches at the shoulder. Females are smaller but not under 22 inches. Expect a German Wirehair to weigh 60 to 70 pounds.

  • Personality

    Affectionate and loyal to his family, the German Wirehaired Pointer is friendly toward people he knows but aloof with strangers. When raised in a family, he’s devoted to everyone but may have one person who’s a special favorite. More than just a hunting dog he loves human companionship and makes an excellent house dog and family member as long as he receives plenty of physical and mental exercise.The GWP is a good watchdog, barking when strangers approach his property. He’s possessive of his things and people and may be aggressive toward strange dogs. He will defend his home and family if they’re in danger. Early socialization is a must, as it is with any breed. Trainers will find a sharp “No” more effective than harsh or rough treatment. Respect his intelligence, and you’ll find that he has a strong desire to please.

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