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German Wirehaired Pointer


German Wirehaired Pointer Facts

  • Group
  • Sporting
  • Affiliations
  • Height
  • 22" - 26"
  • Weight
  • 45-70 lbs.
  • Lifespan
  • 12 years | Add yours

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  • Exercise Requirement
  • High - This breed requires vigorous daily activity
  • Training Requirement
  • Average Training Time
  • Grooming Requirement
  • Moderate
  • Colors
    • White / Liver
    • Black
    • Black / White
    • Brown
  • Breed Characteristics
    • Good with children
    • Hunting heritage
    • Should sleep indoors

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Alternate Names

Deutscher drahthaariger vorstchhund


The German wire-haired pointer originated in Germany.

Date Of Origin

This breed has been recognized in Germany since 1870.


The German wire-haired pointer was developed from the griffon, stichelhaar, German short-hair, and pudelpointer breeds. The breed works on land and water, both pointing and retrieving.


This is a medium size, muscular dog that is nearly square in shape. It has a distinctive wiry coat and facial furnishings; brown eyes; a dark brown nose; and rounded, medium size drop ears. The tail is docked to two fifths its length. The wiry outer coat is weather resistant and lies over a dense, insulating undercoat; there is a wiry beard, whiskers, and eye brows. The coloring is liver and white, which can be spotted, roaned or ticked.


The wire-haired pointer is aloof with strangers but loyal and affectionate with its family. It has a strong work and prey drive and can be sharp. It is somewhat terrier like in looks and personality. If well socialized, it is fine with children and other dogs.


The German wire-haired pointer inherited the best qualities of each of its ancestors: a fine sense of smell, a secure point, a ready intelligence, and elegant lines. This is a dog that can fully respond to the needs of the hunter.

Health Concerns

Hip dysplasia, orthopedic problems, von willebrand's disease

Additional Information

This breed requires professional grooming to keep the coat in proper condition.

Show Sources & Contributors +


The Howell Book Of Dogs

Publisher: Wiley Publishing Inc, 2007

Website: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/

Author: Liz Palika

Dog Bible

Publisher: BowTie Press, 2005

Website: http://www.bowtiepress.com/bowtie/

Authors: Kristin Meuh-Roe, Jarelle S. Stein

Simon & Schusters Guide to Dogs

Publisher: Simon & Schuster inc, 1980

Website: http://www.simonandschuster.com

Author: Elizabeth Meriwether Schuler

The New Encyclopedia of the Dog

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 2000

Website: http://www.dk.com

Author: Bruce Fogle

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