German Roughhaired Pointer Information & Dog Breed Facts

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

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OriginGermany flagGermany
Other Names
What other names does the German Roughhaired Pointer have?
Deutsch DrahthaarDeutscher DrahthaarigerDrahthaarGerman Wire-haired Pointing DogVorstehhundGerman Wirehaired Pointer
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

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German Roughhaired Pointer Price and Availability

Price
How much does the German Roughhaired Pointer puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of a German Roughhaired Pointer in the United States? How much money is a German Roughhaired Pointer?

Where to buy a German Roughhaired Pointer with a good pedigree?

$600-$800
If you choose to purchase the German Roughhaired 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 Roughhaired Pointer for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the German Roughhaired Pointer gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a German Roughhaired Pointer? How many German Roughhaired Pointer are there in the world?
Average: The German Roughhaired Pointer is a commonly available dog breed. There is less risk of overbreeding compared to the very popular dogs.

Of course, they may be more popular in some countries, and inbreeding may occur, so be careful.

German Roughhaired Pointer Size

Size
Is a German Roughhaired Pointer small, medium or large dog?

How big do German Roughhaired Pointer get?

What is the average size of a German Roughhaired Pointer?

Large Medium
Weight
How much does the German Roughhaired Pointer weigh? How much should a German Roughhaired Pointer weight? What is the normal weight of a German Roughhaired Pointer? How much does a full-grown German Roughhaired Pointer weight?
60-70 pounds (27-32 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of a German Roughhaired Pointer?
65 pounds (29.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the German Roughhaired Pointer? German Roughhaired Pointer height:
Male: 24-26 inches (60-67 cm), Female: 22-24 inches (56-62 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of a German Roughhaired Pointer?
Male: 25 inches (63.5 cm), Female: 23 inches (59 cm)

German Roughhaired Pointer Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the German Roughhaired Pointer have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
ShinyRough
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper German Roughhaired Pointer's coat?
LiverLiver and WhiteSolid Liver
Grooming
How to groom the German Roughhaired Pointer and how often? How often should I take my German Roughhaired Pointer to the groomer?
Average: The German Roughhaired 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 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 Roughhaired 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 Roughhaired Pointer dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Deutsch Drahthaar? Do German Roughhaired Pointer dogs shed a lot?
German Roughhaired 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.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the German Roughhaired Pointer need a bath? How often should you give a German Roughhaired Pointer a bath? Can I bathe my German Roughhaired Pointer every day?
4-6 weeks
Average. Experts recommended at least every 4-6 weeks for this family pup. According to a study, 56% of pet parents don’t bathe their dogs as frequently as they should, and 60% use the sniff test when deciding when it’s bath time.

Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible.

German Roughhaired Pointer Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the German Roughhaired Pointer have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
AffectionateFriendlyIntelligentFamiliarGentleKindActive
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the German Roughhaired Pointer? Is the German Roughhaired Pointer breed dumb or smart?
Average: It takes patience to teach this breed any tricks or commands, but the effort is worth it. They understand and remember new commands after an average of 25-40 repetitions.

The German Roughhaired Pointer ranks average in the intelligence ranking of dogs.

Trainability
Are German Roughhaired Pointer dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training? How hard is it to train a German Roughhaired Pointer?
German Roughhaired Pointers are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Average: German Roughhaired Pointers, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark in excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? German Roughhaired Pointer sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. German Roughhaired 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? Is a German Roughhaired Pointer a good family dog?
High: German Roughhaired 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 are considered 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 Deutsch Drahthaar need? German Roughhaired Pointer social needs:
German Roughhaired Pointers are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do German Roughhaired Pointer dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Deutsch Drahthaar bark?
Low to Average: The German Roughhaired Pointer rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason.

Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.

Watchdog Ability
Is German Roughhaired Pointer good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
German Roughhaired Pointers are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered their main job.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do German Roughhaired Pointer dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
German Roughhaired Pointers are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective of their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend its territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
Do German Roughhaired Pointer bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Deutsch Drahthaar? What are the odds of getting bitten by a German Roughhaired Pointer? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The German Roughhaired 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.)
Bite Force
Does the German Roughhaired Pointer has a hard bite? What is the bite force of a German Roughhaired Pointer? How much bite force does a German Roughhaired Pointer have?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

German Roughhaired Pointer bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI.

The German Roughhaired Pointer, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained.

However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.

Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the German Roughhaired Pointer do?
German Roughhaired 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 Roughhaired Pointers need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the German Roughhaired Pointer to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does German Roughhaired Pointer roam?
German Roughhaired 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 Roughhaired Pointer have high prey drive?
German Roughhaired Pointers have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that German Roughhaired Pointer dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is German Roughhaired Pointer good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat? Can you have a German Roughhaired Pointer in an apartment?
It is not recommended to keep the German Roughhaired Pointer breed in the home. It does best in the garden, but if you do want to keep it indoors, it should be exercised thoroughly with long daily walks, so you can keep the German Roughhaired Pointer indoors by introducing daily routines.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
German Roughhaired Pointers adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can a German Roughhaired Pointer be left alone? How long can you leave a German Roughhaired Pointer alone?
German Roughhaired Pointers do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.

German Roughhaired Pointer Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? German Roughhaired Pointer temperament with other people:
German Roughhaired Pointers are average friendly towards strangers.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do German Roughhaired Pointer dogs get along with other pets? Are German Roughhaired Pointer dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
German Roughhaired Pointers are generally with other pets.
Child Friendly
Are German Roughhaired Pointer dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? German Roughhaired Pointer temperament with children:
German Roughhaired Pointers are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do German Roughhaired Pointer dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the German Roughhaired Pointer breed live with a cat?
German Roughhaired Pointers are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is German Roughhaired Pointer good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do German Roughhaired Pointer dogs get along with other dogs?
German Roughhaired Pointers are dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the German Roughhaired Pointer can be a great choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is German Roughhaired Pointer breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is German Roughhaired Pointer breed suitable for first-time owners?
Yes
German Roughhaired Pointers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are German Roughhaired Pointers good office dogs? Do German Roughhaired Pointers make good office friendly dogs? Can German Roughhaired Pointers be office dogs?
No
German Roughhaired Pointer is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do German Roughhaired Pointer dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Deutsch Drahthaar temperament with senior people? Are German Roughhaired Pointer dogs good for elderly owners?
German Roughhaired Pointers are usually recommended for elderly people.

German Roughhaired Pointer Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do German Roughhaired Pointer dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
German Roughhaired Pointers tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the German Roughhaired Pointer breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the German Roughhaired Pointer see the vet?
Frequent
The German Roughhaired Pointer should have a complete physical check-up at least once (but preferably twice) per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do German Roughhaired Pointer dogs live? How old can a German Roughhaired Pointer be? What is the age limit of the German Roughhaired Pointer? How many years can the oldest German Roughhaired Pointer live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a German Roughhaired Pointer?

How long is the lifespan of a German Roughhaired Pointer?

10-12 years
The average lifespan of German Roughhaired Pointer: 11 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the German Roughhaired Pointer breed hypoallergenic?
No
German Roughhaired 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 Roughhaired Pointer have? What is the activity level of the German Roughhaired Pointer?
German Roughhaired Pointers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does a German Roughhaired Pointer need? How much exercise do German Roughhaired Pointer dogs require per day?

Do German Roughhaired Pointer dogs need a lot of exercises?

German Roughhaired Pointers need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does the German Roughhaired Pointer breed need?
German Roughhaired Pointers are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend too much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does a German Roughhaired Pointer need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a German Roughhaired Pointer breed eat per day? What is good dog food for German Roughhaired Pointer? How much food should I feed my German Roughhaired Pointer?
3 to 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? German Roughhaired Pointer risk for obesity:
Average: The German Roughhaired 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 Roughhaired Pointer's weight regularly.

Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Different dogs have different preferences when it comes to weather conditions. However, in general, most dogs prefer average to warm weather conditions, as they typically find hot weather conditions to be uncomfortable and taxing.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Medium

The German Roughhaired 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 Roughhaired Pointer drool?
The German Roughhaired Pointer is a perfect example of a low drooling tendency. If you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, the German Roughhaired 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 Roughhaired Pointer.

If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

German Roughhaired Pointer As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can German Roughhaired Pointer be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

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 Roughhaired Pointer is not the best breed for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can German Roughhaired Pointer be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a German Roughhaired Pointer be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed is 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 people with anxiety disorders or autism.

German Roughhaired Pointer is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can German Roughhaired Pointer be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. 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 Roughhaired Pointer is not the best breed for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can German Roughhaired Pointer be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The German Roughhaired Pointer is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can German Roughhaired Pointer be a boat dog?

Not really

German Roughhaired Pointer breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can German Roughhaired 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 Roughhaired Pointer is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where German Roughhaired Pointer dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

German Roughhaired Pointer Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is a German Roughhaired Pointer pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the German Roughhaired Pointer breed is pregnant?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female German Roughhaired 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 female 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 female’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.

Litter Frequency

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 Roughhaired Pointer have in a litter? How many puppies can the German Roughhaired Pointer breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a German Roughhaired Pointer have? How many puppies can a German Roughhaired Pointer give birth to?
6-10 puppies

German Roughhaired Pointer Recognition

AKC Group
Is German Roughhaired Pointer recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is German Roughhaired Pointer recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Pointing Dogs group, in the Continental Pointing Dogs section.

German Roughhaired Pointer Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Drooling Tendency: The German Roughhaired Pointer is a perfect example of a low drooling tendency.
  • Adaptability: German Roughhaired Pointers adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
  • Child Friendly: German Roughhaired Pointers are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: German Roughhaired Pointers are dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: German Roughhaired Pointers are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: German Roughhaired Pointers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Health Issues: German Roughhaired Pointers tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds.
  • Hypoallergenic: German Roughhaired Pointers don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: It is not recommended to keep the German Roughhaired Pointer breed in the home.
  • Mouthiness: German Roughhaired Pointers have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: German Roughhaired Pointers have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: German Roughhaired Pointers do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Office Friendly: German Roughhaired Pointer is not the best dog breed for office environment.

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