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German Wirehaired Pointer

German Wirehaired Pointer

The smart looking German Wirehaired Pointer is closely related to the shorthaired variety. It originated in Germany in the 19th century and was bred for their usefulness in retrieving fallen game from the water. The Wirehaired is also known as the Drahthaar. The breed standards for the German Pointers were first drawn up in 1879 and there has since been an emphasis on improving the breeds.


Average lifespan

This breed of dog usually lives up to 12 years of age but can live to 14 years with the proper care and diet.

Average size and weight

A healthy female will usually weigh up to 28kg and stand 55cm tall, and the male should weigh up to 45kg and stand 64cm tall.

Care requirements

Breed personality, characteristics & temperament

These affectionate dogs are very active and intelligent, eager to learn and are extremely loyal to their family. They are friendly with those they know, but are naturally aloof with strangers and should be socialized at an early age. These powerful and energetic dogs thrive on activity and can become bored and hard to manage without enough exercise. Its hunting heritage gives it a good nose and can track, point and retrieve on both land and water.

Compatibility with other pets

It’s a lively and vigorous animal so be aware that some may try to dominate other animals in the home, but most will get along well with other dogs. They make great watchdogs and will alert you immediately to anyone coming on to your property.

Care requirements

This very appealing breed has a covering of wire hair that completely covers the skin and has bushy eyebrows and a beard. Hair on the head and ears is thick and short. The coat will cast if the dog lives permanently in a warm house and its very nature quickly prevents debris from the field attaching itself to the coat. Like most dogs of this size, regular exercise is a must. It will also appreciate the opportunity to exercise its exceptional retrieval skills.

Decision time

Ideal owners

This dog will live happily in most situations and environments, but does need some room to play and to explore. While they are relatively comfortable with most people they are at their best when surrounded by older, considerate children.

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