Meet the Breed: The German Wirehaired Pointer



  • Height: 22"- 26”
  • Weight: 60-70 pounds
  • Historical function: Hardy, all-around hunting and retrieving dog
  • Modern function: Hunting, family companion
  • AKC classification: Sporting.

Physical Characteristics:

The German Wirehaired Pointer is a medium-sized athletic hunting dog. They are slightly longer than they are tall but well proportioned and muscular. The chest is deep and wide. The most distinctive feature of the dog is their liver and white coat that is wiry in texture which makes them water, and weather resistant. The coat is about 2 inches long except for the longer whiskers which are designed to protect the face.

History of the Breed:

The German Wirehaired Pointer was developed to be a hardy gun dog using the Pointer, Foxhound, and Poodle, and German Shorthaired Pointer. This careful breeding was done to create a medium-sized working dog that would be able to work on land, water, hunt feathered and furry prey, be easily trained, and also make a good family companion. The wiry coat is prized for its weather resistance.


The German Wirehaired Pointer is highly intelligent, loyal and versatile, able to hunt in a variety of conditions and terrains. As an active, athletic dog, he is not suited to apartment living. Contain with a large yard and high fence as this inquisitive dog has a tendency to roam. Makes a good watchdog. Does best with consistent training from a calm, confident leader. Socialize well and early to enable this dog to be compatible with a wide variety of situations and other household animals.

  • Best suited for: Active families, hunters, joggers.
  • Preferred living conditions: This dog does best when he has a job and lots of human interaction. A great jogging companion. Needs a large yard.

Care and Health:

  • Grooming requirements: The coat needs to be brushed twice weekly with a firm bristle brush. The coat is stripped of dead hairs twice yearly. An average shedder.
  • Exercise needs: Daily walk or jog. Becomes restless and high strung without a proper exercise outlet.
  • Life expectancy: 12-15 years.
  • Health concerns: Some lines may be prone to hip dysplasia, eye and ear problems, as well as skin cancer.

Breed Club Links: German Wirehaired Pointer Club of America Perfect Pairings: WalkyDog Stainless Steel Bike Leash

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Photo courtesy of Wikipedia Commons.

This entry was posted by Mary.
Sharon on April 7 at 7:57 PM said:

Almost thirty years ago we had a German Wirehaired Pointer who was a wonderful family pet. Her name was Mitsy and she looked exactly like your photo. She was a rescue who didn't take to the hunting life for some reason. In our home, the only thing she ever hunted was the warmest and softest spot on the bed!
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