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German Wirehaired Pointer Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about German Wirehaired Pointer so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginGermany
Other Names
What other names does the German Wirehaired Pointer have? The dog breed also known as...
Deutscher Drahthaariger, Vorstehund, German Pointer (Wirehaired), Drahthaar
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is German Wirehaired Pointer recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1959 as a Sporting breed.
FCI Group
Is German Wirehaired Pointer recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Pointing Dogs group, in the Continental Pointing Dogs section.
Price
How much does the German Wirehaired Pointer puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? German Wirehaired Pointer price:
$500-$600
If you choose to purchase the German Wirehaired Pointer, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a German Wirehaired Pointer for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the German Wirehaired Pointer gets to a happy place.

General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? German Wirehaired Pointer size:
Medium
Weight
How much does the German Wirehaired Pointer weigh? German Wirehaired Pointer weight:
60-70 pounds (27-32 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the German Wirehaired Pointer? German Wirehaired Pointer average weight:
65 pounds (29.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the German Wirehaired Pointer? German Wirehaired Pointer height:
Male: 24-26 inches (60-67 cm), Female: 22-24 inches (56-62 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? German Wirehaired Pointer average height:
Male: 25 inches (63.5 cm), Female: 23 inches (59 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the German Wirehaired Pointer have? What does this canine coat look like?
Wiry
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper German Wirehaired Pointer's coat?
LiverWhite
Grooming
How to groom the German Wirehaired Pointer and how often?
Average: The German Wirehaired Pointer requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential. Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes. Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath. If you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of your German Wirehaired Pointer, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do German Wirehaired Pointer dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Deutscher Drahthaariger? German Wirehaired Pointer shedding level:
German Wirehaired Pointers shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the German Wirehaired Pointer have? What characteristics does the breed have?
ActiveFriendlyLoyalResponsiveAffectionateIntelligentWillful
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the German Wirehaired Pointer? Are they intelligent?
Average: German Wirehaired Pointer's has average obedience intelligence. Patience is needed for teaching this breed to any tricks and commands though, but it's worth the effort. They understand and memorize new commands in 25-40 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 50% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are German Wirehaired Pointer dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
German Wirehaired Pointers are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The German Wirehaired Pointer is a highly playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? German Wirehaired Pointer sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. German Wirehaired Pointers don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits really well. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
German Wirehaired Pointers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Deutscher Drahthaariger need? German Wirehaired Pointer social needs:
German Wirehaired Pointers need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Barking
Do German Wirehaired Pointer dogs bark a lot? Why does my Vorstehund bark?
Average: The German Wirehaired Pointer barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is German Wirehaired Pointer good as a watchdog?
German Wirehaired Pointers are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the German Wirehaired Pointer dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Do German Wirehaired Pointer dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
German Wirehaired Pointers strongly protect their territory. This breed is a complete security guard, so you don't have to be afraid in case of danger.
Biting Potential
Do German Wirehaired Pointer bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Deutscher Drahthaariger? What are the odds of getting bitten by a German Wirehaired Pointer? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The German Wirehaired Pointer has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the German Wirehaired Pointer do?
German Wirehaired Pointers have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but German Wirehaired Pointers need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the German Wirehaired Pointer to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does German Wirehaired Pointer roam?
German Wirehaired Pointers have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command. This breed is also able to cause damage to your fence.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does German Wirehaired Pointer have high prey drive?
German Wirehaired Pointers have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds. Cats or any other small animals might be in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that German Wirehaired Pointers are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is German Wirehaired Pointer good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
German Wirehaired Pointers are not apartment-friendly dogs. If you don't have a garden, you may have to reconsider your choice for having a puppy from this breed.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
German Wirehaired Pointers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.
Fighting Dog
Where German Wirehaired Pointer dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
German Wirehaired Pointers are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are German Wirehaired Pointer dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? German Wirehaired Pointer and children:
German Wirehaired Pointers are average friendly dogs towards children.
Cat Friendly
How well do German Wirehaired Pointer dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
German Wirehaired Pointers are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is German Wirehaired Pointer good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do German Wirehaired Pointer dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
German Wirehaired Pointers are very dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the German Wirehaired Pointer can be a great choice.
Office Friendly
Are German Wirehaired Pointers good office dogs? Do German Wirehaired Pointers make good office friendly dogs? Can German Wirehaired Pointers be office dogs?
No
German Wirehaired Pointer is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do German Wirehaired Pointer dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Deutscher Drahthaariger temperament with senior people? Are German Wirehaired Pointer dogs good for elderly owners?
German Wirehaired Pointers are commonly okay with elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do German Wirehaired Pointer dogs get along with other pets? Are German Wirehaired Pointer dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
German Wirehaired Pointers do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Good For First Time Owners
Is German Wirehaired Pointer breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
German Wirehaired Pointers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can German Wirehaired Pointer be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). German Wirehaired Pointer is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can German Wirehaired Pointer be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. German Wirehaired Pointer is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can German Wirehaired Pointer be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. German Wirehaired Pointer is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can German Wirehaired Pointer be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The German Wirehaired Pointer is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can German Wirehaired Pointer be a boat dog?
Not really
German Wirehaired Pointer breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can German Wirehaired Pointer be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. German Wirehaired Pointer is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do German Wirehaired Pointer dogs have health problems?
German Wirehaired Pointers tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Life Expectancy
How long do German Wirehaired Pointer dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a German Wirehaired Pointer be?
12-14 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the German Wirehaired Pointer breed hypoallergenic?
No
German Wirehaired Pointers don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the German Wirehaired Pointer have?
German Wirehaired Pointers are high energy dogs. Active lifestyle makes them happy.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do German Wirehaired Pointer dogs require per day?
German Wirehaired Pointers need a lot of exercises. Long walks should be on a daily schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
German Wirehaired Pointers don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the German Wirehaired Pointer need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
3 to 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? German Wirehaired Pointer risk for obesity:
Average. The German Wirehaired Pointer has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the German Wirehaired Pointer's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The German Wirehaired Pointer has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the German Wirehaired Pointer drool?
The German Wirehaired Pointer is a perfect example for low drooling tendency. If you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, the German Wirehaired Pointer could be a good choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool less than others, just like the German Wirehaired Pointer. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long is the German Wirehaired Pointer pregnant? How long does it take to have this dog puppies? German Wirehaired Pointer pregnancy time period:
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female German Wirehaired Pointer: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the German Wirehaired Pointer have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the German Wirehaired Pointer have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
6-10 puppies

Pros & Cons of German Wirehaired Pointer

Pros
  • Trainability: German Wirehaired Pointers are easy to train.
  • Drooling tendency: The German Wirehaired Pointer is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
  • Watchdog Ability: German Wirehaired Pointers are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Adaptability: German Wirehaired Pointers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Dog Friendly: German Wirehaired Pointers are very dog-friendly dogs.
Cons
  • Health Issues: German Wirehaired Pointers tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
  • Hypoallergenic: German Wirehaired Pointers don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: German Wirehaired Pointers are not apartment-friendly dogs.
  • Mouthiness: German Wirehaired Pointers have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: German Wirehaired Pointers have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
  • Cat Friendly: German Wirehaired Pointers are not cat-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: German Wirehaired Pointer is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: German Wirehaired Pointers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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