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German Wirehaired Pointer

Origin: Germany

AKC Group: Sporting

Height: 22 - 26 inches (Male)

Weight: 50 - 70 pounds (Male)

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German Wirehaired Pointers are dignified, but stubborn and determined. Confinement makes them restless and destructive. They're very suspicious of strangers and sometimes aggressive with other dogs. Their feet are webbed, so they love to swim.

German Wirehaired Pointers are sporting dogs. In general, sporting dogs are active and alert and require daily exercise. Because they have superior instincts in the water and woods, sporting dogs are often used for hunting. If exercised and properly trained, most sporting dogs make excellent pets. However, some of these dogs like to bark and whine a lot, so they're not suited for apartment life.

Male height: 
22 - 26 inches
Male weight: 
50 - 70 pounds
Two inches long with course, bushy eyebrows and beard.
Liver with white flecking. Solid liver is also available, but more rare. Head is brown with a white blaze. Eyes and nose are brown. Tail is docked.

The history of the German Wirehaired Pointer (GWP) in Germany is quite recent. An interest in gundogs with bristly coats always existed, and several types were in evidence by the late 1800s. At first, the Wirehair Club in Germany fostered all hunting dogs with a wire coat, but the wide variation in types soon saw separate organizations formed for the Pudelpointer, the Griffon, the Stichelhaar and the German Wirehaired Pointer (Drahthaar). Developed as an all-purpose hunting dog with stamina to spare, Wirehairs still lead all hunting dogs in registrations in Germany. German Wirehaired Pointers were imported into the United States in the 1920s along with German Shorthaired Pointers, although they have never been as popular as their shorter-haired cousins.

The GWP has the same zeal for hunting and the outdoors as his relative, the German Shorthaired Pointer. Overall, though, he is a slightly mellower and more reserved dog, showing his deep affection (and clownish side) only to those he knows well. He can be reserved with strangers but is quite attached to his family and often becomes a "one-person" dog.
At home: 
The GWP is an active dog - even indoors - and needs room to move. Urban environments or apartments are probably not ideal for this hardworking hunter. He needs attention from his family and can grow jealous and destructive if not given enough time with those he loves. He enjoys a large, fenced-in yard in which he can sniff around.
The GWP must have exercise for his physical and mental sanity. An athletic and capable hunter, he is happiest beating the bush and hedgerows for game and can go all day.
The hardy GWP needs a high-quality, nutritious diet with a good source of protein.
Smart and willing, the German Wirehaired Pointer is easily trained as long as harsh methods are never used. He is an especially quick learner in the field and will excel at other things if he is taught with respect.
The GWP does well with children, especially those in his own family. Because of his innate reticence, ongoing socialization from puppyhood with other dogs and pets as well as a variety of people is essential.
The average life span of the German Wirehaired Pointer is 12 to 14 years. Health problems of the breed may include elbow dysplasia; eye problems; hip dysplasia; and skin cancer.
Fun fact: 

German Wirehaired Pointers are the most registered hunting dogs in Germany.

Grooming blurb: 
The harsh, wiry coat of the GWP is easy to care for - a weekly brushing with a slicker brush or bristle brush will keep it in shape. From time to time, his coat may need to be stripped, which can be handled by a professional groomer.
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