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 flagGermany
Other Names
What other names does the German Wirehaired Pointer have?
DrahthaarGerman PointerVorstehundDeutscher Drahthaariger
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

German Wirehaired Pointer Price and Availability

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? How much money is {name_prefix}?
$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.
Availability
How easy is it to get a German Wirehaired Pointer? How many German Wirehaired Pointer are there in the world?
Very frequent: The German Wirehaired Pointer is quite easy to get. There is a risk of overbreeding, as it is an extremely popular breed.

Inbreeding is common because of its popularity. A new study suggests that inbreeding contributes to the incidence of disease and health problems.

So be careful, buy from a trustworthy place or kennel and seek the help of an experienced person, a professional, to make the right decision.

German Wirehaired Pointer Size

Size
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How big do German Wirehaired Pointer get?

Medium
Weight
How much does the German Wirehaired Pointer weigh? How much should the German Wirehaired Pointer breed weight?
60-70 pounds (27-32 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of {name_prefix}?
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)
Average Height
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Male: 25 inches (63.5 cm), Female: 23 inches (59 cm)

German Wirehaired Pointer Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the German Wirehaired Pointer have? What does this canine coat/fur 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 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 Drahthaar?
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.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the German Wirehaired Pointer need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my German Wirehaired Pointer every day?
8-12 weeks
Very rarely. 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. For example, short-haired dog breeds can go a very long time in between baths. These short-haired breeds shed regularly and that shedding works to naturally remove excess dirt and oil. So unless your weenie dog got into the garbage can, you can probably hold off on a bath for a while.

German Wirehaired Pointer Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the German Wirehaired Pointer have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
ActiveFriendlyLoyalResponsiveAffectionateIntelligentWillful
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the German Wirehaired Pointer? Is the German Wirehaired 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 Wirehaired Pointer ranks average in the intelligence ranking of dogs.
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? Is {name_prefix} a good family dog?
High: 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 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 Drahthaar 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? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Drahthaar 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 the same barks could have different meanings. 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? Are they alert at night?
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.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do German Wirehaired Pointer dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
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 Drahthaar? 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.)
Bite Force
Does the German Wirehaired Pointer has a hard bite? What is the bite force of {name_prefix}?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

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

The German Wirehaired 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 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?
Not an apartment-friendly dog the German Wirehaired Pointer breed. If you don't have a garden, think carefully about your decision, keeping German Wirehaired Pointer indoors can cause a lot of problems.
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
How long can you leave the German Wirehaired Pointer 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.

German Wirehaired Pointer Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? German Wirehaired Pointer temperament with other people:
German Wirehaired Pointers are stranger-friendly dogs.
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.
Child Friendly
Are German Wirehaired Pointer dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? German Wirehaired Pointer temperament with 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? Can they be good with cats? Can the German Wirehaired Pointer breed live with a cat?
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?
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.
Good For First Time Owners
Is German Wirehaired Pointer breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is German Wirehaired Pointer breed suitable for first-time owners?
Yes
German Wirehaired Pointers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
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 Drahthaar temperament with senior people? Are German Wirehaired Pointer dogs good for elderly owners?
German Wirehaired Pointers are commonly okay with elderly people.

German Wirehaired Pointer Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do German Wirehaired Pointer dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
German Wirehaired Pointers tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the German Wirehaired Pointer breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the German Wirehaired Pointer breed? Most common health risks of German Wirehaired Pointer:
Hip DysplasiaEar InfectionsEye DiseasesSkin Diseases
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the German Wirehaired Pointer breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the German Wirehaired Pointer see the vet?
Frequent
The German Wirehaired 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 Wirehaired Pointer dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a German Wirehaired Pointer be? What is the age limit of the German Wirehaired Pointer? How many years can the oldest German Wirehaired Pointer live?
12-14 years
The average lifespan of German Wirehaired Pointer: 13 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? What is the activity level of the German Wirehaired Pointer?
German Wirehaired Pointers are high-energy dogs. An active lifestyle makes them happy.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
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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 the German Wirehaired Pointer breed 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.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does {name_prefix} need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does {name_prefix} breed eat per day? What is good dog food for German Wirehaired Pointer? How much food should I feed my German Wirehaired 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 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 and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather
Dogs that tolerate hot and cold weather are typically those that have a double coat of fur. Dogs with a double coat of fur have a layer of fur that insulates their skin and helps protect them from the cold and the heat.
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 of a 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.

German Wirehaired Pointer As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can German Wirehaired 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 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? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a German Wirehaired Pointer be an emotional support animal?

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

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 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

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 Wirehaired Pointer is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat and Sailor 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.

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

Not really

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

German Wirehaired Pointer Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is {name_prefix} pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the German Wirehaired Pointer breed is pregnant?

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 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 Wirehaired Pointer have in a litter? How many puppies can the German Wirehaired Pointer breed have for the first time? How many puppies does {name_prefix} have?
6-10 puppies

German Wirehaired Pointer Recognition

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.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the German Wirehaired Pointer breed?
American Canine RegistryAmerican Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.Kennel Club of Great BritainNorth American Purebred Registry, Inc.American Canine Association, Inc.Australian National Kennel CouncilContinental Kennel ClubNational Kennel ClubNew Zealand Kennel ClubUnited Kennel ClubCanadian Canine RegistryAmerican Pet Registry, Inc.The German Wirehaired Pointer Club of America

German Wirehaired Pointer Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Trainability: German Wirehaired Pointers are easy to train.
  • Drooling Tendency: The German Wirehaired Pointer is a perfect example of a 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.
  • Good For First Time Owners: German Wirehaired Pointers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Health Issues: German Wirehaired Pointers tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds.
  • Hypoallergenic: German Wirehaired Pointers don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Not an apartment-friendly dog the German Wirehaired Pointer breed.
  • 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.

German Wirehaired Pointer History

Introduction and early history

The German Wirehaired Pointer is among the three German Pointer breeds, the others being the German Longhaired Pointer, and the German Shorthaired Pointer. The German Wirehaired Pointer, along with the other sibling breeds, was originally developed towards the end of the 19th century, in Germany.

Early development

British hunters along with those rich enough to pursue leisurely shooting and hunting started to group together and form breeding clubs that dedicated themselves to accentuating certain characteristics in their animals that they deemed desirable. During the late 1800s, these hunters, sportsmen, and breeders sought after creating a specialized hunting breed for the purpose of hunting for various types of birds and smaller mammals. It was also really important for these breeders that the dogs had the ability to work efficiently on any kind of terrain, in any environment, either in water or on land, with disparate hunting techniques. In other words, they wanted to create the ultimate, robust, durable, intelligent, and most capable and talented hunting companion. In the beginning, to achieve this level of durability and hunting abilities, breeders included the Foxhound, the Poodle, the Pointer in the breading mixture. Moreover, they developed the German Wirehaired Pointer with a distinctive wirehaired coat, which is water-repellent, and which can cope with all kinds of weather the dogs would experience in the hunting fields.

Clubs and breeding process

The three German Pointer breeds, mentioned above, emerged from multiple different breeding programs, established in different breeding clubs. Partly because of this, not only indigenous German breeds were used in the programs, besides, the nobility also scoured Europe looking for other breeds with abilities and traits they sought after in their own, newly created breed. Thus, it is also thought that the German Wirehaired Pointer is the result of cross-breeding several other European breeds as well. There are many ongoing debates about the exact lineage and ancestry of the breed, however, it is more than certain that the German Shorthaired Pointer, the Pudelpointer, the Griffon Vendéen, and the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon were also included in the DNA pool.

Recognition and popularity

Breeders managed to establish, homogenize, and write up the breed standard, so by 1880, the German Wirehaired Pointer was recognized as a distinct Pointer breed, enabling them to be shown at dog shows, trials, and in hunting sports. Later, in 1928, the breed was admitted into the German Kartell for dogs, meanwhile, during the 1920s, the dogs were also exported to the United States of America, to gain further recognition and popularity. The breed’s popularity began soaring overseas too, and in 1953, the German Drahthaar Club of America was founded. The AKC (American Kennel Club) recognized the German Wirehaired Pointer in 1959. Nowadays, the breed is really trendy and popular, people usually keep GWPs as devoted, loyal, active, and intelligent family companions, who are also great with children. Furthermore, the GWPs are also employed, even today as talented hunting partners.

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