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German Shorthaired Pointer vs German Wirehaired Pointer vs Poodle – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between German Shorthaired Pointer vs German Wirehaired Pointer vs Poodle" Compare German Shorthaired Pointer and German Wirehaired Pointer. Which is better: German Shorthaired Pointer or German Wirehaired Pointer or Poodle?
Name German Shorthaired Pointer German Wirehaired Pointer Poodle
OriginsGermany Germany Germany France
Group Gun Dog Gun Dog Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank10627
Reviews207
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Other Names Deutsch Kurzhaar, Kurzhaar, GSP, DK, Deutscher Kurzhaariger Vorstehhund Deutscher Drahthaariger, Vorstehund, German Pointer (Wirehaired), Drahthaar French Poodle, Caniche, Barbone, Chien Canne, Grosse Pudel
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1930 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1959 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1887 as a Non-Sporting & Toy breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Pointing Dogs group, in the Continental Pointing Dogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Pointing Dogs group, in the Continental Pointing Dogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Poodle section.
Breed Recognition American Kennel Club Canadian Kennel Club Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain Australian National Kennel Council New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club No set American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club Canadian Canine Registry
Price $600-$800 $500-$600 $1000-$1500

General Appearance - German Shorthaired Pointer vs German Wirehaired Pointer vs Poodle

Size Large Medium Medium Medium
Weight Male: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg), Female: 45-60 pounds (20-27 kg) 60-70 pounds (27-32 kg) Male: 45-70 pounds (20-32 kg), Female: 45-60 pounds (20-27 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 62.5 pounds (28.5 kg), Female: 52.5 pounds (23.5 kg) 65 pounds (29.5 kg) Male: 57.5 pounds (26 kg), Female: 52.5 pounds (23.5 kg)
Height Male: 23-25 inches (59-64 cm), Female: 21-23 inches (53-58 cm) Male: 24-26 inches (60-67 cm), Female: 22-24 inches (56-62 cm) 15 inches (38 cm) or more
Avg. Height Male: 24 inches (61.5 cm), Female: 22 inches (55.5 cm) Male: 25 inches (63.5 cm), Female: 23 inches (59 cm) 15 inches (38 cm) or more

Hair & Care - German Shorthaired Pointer vs German Wirehaired Pointer vs Poodle

Coat Dense Wiry Curly
Colors Roan Liver White Black Liver White Apricot Brown Gray Silver White Fawn Blue Cream Red Beige Black
Grooming
Effortless: The German Shorthaired Pointer requires minimal grooming.
Average: The German Wirehaired Pointer requires average grooming effort.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Shedding Level
German Shorthaired Pointers shed moderately.
German Wirehaired Pointers shed moderately.
Poodles shed none to minimal.

Characteristics - German Shorthaired Pointer vs German Wirehaired Pointer vs Poodle

Temperament Affectionate Bold Intelligent Boisterous Cooperative Trainable Active Friendly Loyal Responsive Affectionate Intelligent Willful Active Faithful Intelligent Alert Instinctual Trainable
Intelligent Rank
Very smart: German Shorthaired Pointer is an excellent dog breed.
Average: German Wirehaired Pointer's has average obedience intelligence.
Outstanding: Poodle is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Trainability
German Shorthaired Pointers are very easy to train.
German Wirehaired Pointers are easy to train.
Poodles are easy to train.
Playfulness
The German Shorthaired Pointer is a highly playful breed.
The German Wirehaired Pointer is a highly playful breed.
The Poodle is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
German Shorthaired Pointers are highly affectionate dogs.
German Wirehaired Pointers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Poodles are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
German Shorthaired Pointers need for social interaction is average.
German Wirehaired Pointers need for social interaction is average.
Poodles need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Average: The German Shorthaired Pointer barks occasionally.
Average: The German Wirehaired Pointer barks occasionally.
Average to high: The Poodle is a vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
German Shorthaired Pointers are average watchdogs.
German Wirehaired Pointers are one of the best watchdogs.
Poodles are good watchdogs.
Territorial
German Shorthaired Pointers are average defenders.
German Wirehaired Pointers strongly protect their territory.
Poodles strongly protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The German Shorthaired Pointer has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The German Wirehaired Pointer has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Poodle has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
German Shorthaired Pointers have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
German Wirehaired Pointers have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Poodles have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
German Shorthaired Pointers have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
German Wirehaired Pointers have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Poodles have average wanderlust potential.
Prey Drive
German Shorthaired Pointers have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
German Wirehaired Pointers have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Poodles have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
German Shorthaired Pointers are not apartment-friendly dogs.
German Wirehaired Pointers are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Poodles are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
German Shorthaired Pointers adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
German Wirehaired Pointers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Poodles adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Poodles tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Fighting Dog Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - German Shorthaired Pointer vs German Wirehaired Pointer vs Poodle

Stranger Friendly
German Shorthaired Pointers are average friendly towards strangers.
German Wirehaired Pointers are stranger friendly dogs.
Poodles are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
German Shorthaired Pointers are kid-friendly dogs.
German Wirehaired Pointers are average friendly dogs towards children.
Poodles are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
German Shorthaired Pointers are not cat-friendly dogs.
German Wirehaired Pointers are not cat-friendly dogs.
Poodles are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
German Shorthaired Pointers are dog-friendly dogs.
German Wirehaired Pointers are very dog-friendly dogs.
Poodles are dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
German Shorthaired Pointer is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
German Wirehaired Pointer is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Poodle is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
German Shorthaired Pointers are usually recommended for elderly people.
German Wirehaired Pointers are commonly okay with elderly people.
Poodles are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
German Shorthaired Pointers do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
German Wirehaired Pointers do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Poodles are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
German Shorthaired Pointers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
German Wirehaired Pointers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Poodles are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Yes
This breed makes good as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Yes
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.
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.
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.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Yes
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.
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.
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.
Boat Dog Not really
German Shorthaired Pointer breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
German Wirehaired Pointer breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Yes
Poodle breed usually likes being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - German Shorthaired Pointer vs German Wirehaired Pointer vs Poodle

Health Issues
German Shorthaired Pointers are commonly healthy dogs.
German Wirehaired Pointers tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
The Poodle is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Gastric Torsion Hypothyroidism Canine Hip Dysplasia (CHD) Osteochondrosis Dissecans Von Willebrand's Disease Entropion Pannus Lymphedema Cardiomyopathy Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) No set Addison's Disease Allergies Bloat Canine Atrial Septal Defect (asd) Cataracts Cushing's Syndrome Ear Infections Epilepsy Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Legg-perthes Disease Neonatal Encephalopathy (news) Optic Nerve Hypoplasia Patellar Luxation Premature Graying Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Runny Eyes Sebaceous Adenitis Von Willebrand's Disease
Life Expectancy 12-14 years 12-14 years 12-15 years
Hypoallergenic No No Yes
Energy Level
German Shorthaired Pointers are high energy dogs.
German Wirehaired Pointers are high energy dogs.
Poodles have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
German Shorthaired Pointers need a lot of exercises.
German Wirehaired Pointers need a lot of exercises.
Poodles need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
German Shorthaired Pointers don't need too much sleep.
German Wirehaired Pointers don't need too much sleep.
Poodles are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Avg. daily food consumption 3 to 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 3 to 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Average.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to warm weather conditions Tolerates warm and cold weather. Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Medium
The German Shorthaired Pointer has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The German Wirehaired Pointer has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Poodle has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The German Shorthaired Pointer is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
The German Wirehaired Pointer is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
The Poodle is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - German Shorthaired Pointer vs German Wirehaired Pointer vs Poodle

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 7-12 puppies 6-10 puppies 2-4 puppies

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