German Wirehaired Pointers


German Wirehaired Pointers

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Breed Notes:

Although man has hunted with the aid of dogs throughout history, during the 19th century the demand grew in Germany for an all-purpose dog that could work any kind of game in any terrain. By crossing the Pointer, Foxhound and Poodle, the modern German Wirehaired Pointer, or Deutsch-Drahthaar, was developed. One of the main emphases of this breed also has been the wire coat that was an all-weather coat which could withstand the dog working in harsh underbrush. The breed was introduced to the United States in the 1920s and admitted to AKC in 1959.
The German Wirehaired Pointer is often aloof but not unfriendly. He is a loyal and affectionate companion. He is very energetic and always eager to work.
The head of the German Wirehaired Pointer is moderately long with brown, medium-sized, oval eyes. the ears are rounded and hang close tot eh head. The skull is broad with a fairly long muzzle that is parallel to the top of the skull. The jaws are strong with a scissors bite. The back is short, with a straight topline that has a perceptible slope from withers down to the croup. The chest is deep and capacious. The tail is docked at two-fifths of its natural length and carried at or above the horizontal. The legs are straight and strong. The feet are round, with high arched toes. Gait should be free and smooth with good reach and drive. As noted above, the coat of the German Wirehaired Pointer is of great importance. It is straight, harsh, wiry and flat-lying. It is to be no more than two inches in length in order to shield the body from rough cover but not hide the outline of the dog's body. A heavy growth of hair at the brow is needed to guard the eyes from injury while a short beard and whiskers save the face from being lacerated by brush and brair. A dense undercoat protects the body against cold weather. Coat color includes liver and white spotted, liver roan, liver and white spotted with ticking and roaning or solid liver. The head is liver, sometimes with a white blaze. Black and white is acceptable in Europe but not in the United States. Average size is between 21 and 25 inches in height and weighing between 60 and 75 pounds.


phylj@inweb.net of Elsberry, MO writes on 1/7/01:

For the accomplished hunter/trainer, best all around dog available.
Having trained hunting dogs since l972 to 2000 and teaching obedience classes at a local college, I feel the GWP is the best dog available. I say this with complete confidence and having owned a big male for almost 11 years and traing several others, I feel that I am more than qualified to make this judgement. As a pointer, he was a very hard worker and never let a little brush get in his way. As a retriever, he never let a flopping wing discourage him from his job. As a dove hunter, he'd sit patiently wainting for me give him the command to do the job for which he was brought along. As a house dog he'd let only his family members come and go without close scrutiny. He was more protective than most breeds that are supposed to be that way. As a friend, he never lied to me and always had an attentive ear when I was down. I do think that before this breed is considered, it is a must that the owners have some training experience and the knowledge of when to and not to discipline an animal. This breed has the capabilities of just about anything that you would want to do plus a whole lot more. Hats off to you "fuzz-face", this reviews for you.


ckirkpa1@bellsouth.net of Tennessee writes on 3/13/00:

Intelligent and wanting to please.
My wife went to the Humane Society to get a "lap dog" and came home with a GWP who had an adorable beard and wiry coat. He had a back leg removed after an accident with a car when he was abandoned by his original owner. We soon learned he wanted to be with us all the time. We called him our Miracle Boy because he helped my wife recover from depression. He stayed by her side except for the times I took him out for exercise. GWP's are very high energy dogs and can become very frustrated and destructive if not vigorously exercised on a daily basis. Even with only three legs, he loved to run with me. He was always ready and excited to get out and exercise. Our boy became our angel dog when he got his exercise. German Wirehairs have a good dose of German stubborness and they will test their owner. GWP's are very sensitive and do not respond well to harsh correction. Firmness with a touch of gentleness is the best method. They are very complex and he would often "Pout" a little when he was corrected.
Hey are extremely intellegent and they want so much to please their owners. If you want a dog with personality, an adorable "fuzzy-face", and with the heart of a playful little clown who will change your life forever, a "wire" is the dog for you. Our beloved GWP and our precious Rottweiller died last November in a massive housefire while we were at church on Sunday. This nearly made us nuts but we found another GWP, also a rescue who has helped to fill the void very well. We'll never be without a wire. My wife taught him how to sing and he could"smile" which was unforgettable. GWP's are a handful and could be considered"high maintenence" because of their exercise requirements BUT these precious creatures will give you back gobs of love and loyalty for all of the effort you put toward their needs.


DebOldfiel@aol.com of Winnipeg, Canada writes on 10/1799:

Intellient, kind, fun-loving, learns quickly, devoted.
One of the best dogs I've ever owned. My Speckles is very devoted, loves everyone; not a mean bone in his body. Yet he will tell us when a stranger is around that he hasn't met. He loves to go to 'school' to learn and has done many levels of obediance as well as learned to play flyball. He is a big, strong boy that we need to exercise often. If not exercised adequately I would suspect he could become quite cheeky as a result of being bored. I recommend highly, though I have heard from others that they have this thing for cats. Haven't seen it myself as around our house its mostly rabbits and chipmunks. Rabbits and deer definately get his attention. We've never hunted him, but based on his natural instincts I'd say he would have been good. Natural pointing and keen eyesight.


clan.prescott@att.net of New Jersey write on 10/2/99:

Sporting and family dog that needs space.
I've owned the breed for 30 years. At their best, they are devoted family members who function best when they are being worked or trained on a regular basis. They don't do well when left alone for long periods. When selecting a puppy, great care must be taken to find a good breeder as some agressiveness does exist within the breed as well as, what can be called, "fruitcake" behavior. In my experience, dogs with the best temperament and intelligence will come from the best field stock which has proven to be trainable and focused. The GWP is not for everyone and new buyers should take their time and do their homework before any purchase.


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