Meet the Breed: The German Wirehaired Pointer
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.
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.
Breed Club Links: German Wirehaired Pointer Club of America
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