We were created by a bit of cunning experimentation with the German Shorthair and a whole raft of other German gundog breeds. We’re a little bigger than our Shorthair ancestors and infinitely better looking!
What do I look like?
We’ve got lots of features, but you’ll particularly love our wiry beard and sprouting eyebrows. You can probably draw similarities with some slightly eccentric uncle in your family! The rest of us is kind of wiry too – but it suits us. In fact, it’s remarkably water-resistant and repellent so we can withstand all weathers. Like driving an automatic, you’ll never go back to a manual – well with a German Wirehaired Pointer you’ll never go to soft, silky lapdogs. We come in various combinations of black, white and liver. Facially our head is long and broad, our nose can be liver or black and our eyes are usual hazel. Our body is regular with a strong neck and a slightly docked tail (in countries where docking is accepted).
What do I need from you?
We’re a powerful and active dog, which means we need a reasonable amount of exercise. In fact, without it we get bored and wilful which makes us hard to manage. A German Wirehaired Pointer needs to be around people and don’t do well in a kennel environment. Whilst we’re generally accepting of other dogs and strangers, we tend to prefer the people we know as our family.
What I will give in return
We’re a fun dog to be around if you like affection and loyalty. We love the fact that some humans have even funnier beards than we do and have the intelligence to spot a funny beard a mile off. We’re a good house dog and make a lovely pet for children. If you want us for our work skills then we make a great all-around gundog. The German Wirehaired Pointer can point, retrieve and track – a complete all-rounder.
How big will I get?
Typically 24in-26in (61cm-66cm) is where we’re at – the ladies are slightly smaller. Weight wise, we tip the scales at anything from 55lb-75lb (25kg-34kg).
Disclaimer: the views expressed on this page and any comments below are only a guide to typical traits and views on the breed. Individual circumstance and traits will always vary so we can be in no way responsible for any of the information provided.