German Wirehaired Pointer

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The Look of a German Wirehaired Pointer

German Wirehaired Pointers have muscular, medium-sized frames covered in wiry, weatherproof coats that usually come in liver and white. Their somewhat long heads have close-hanging ears, dark eyes and medium-long beards and moustaches. Their tails are usually docked and carried high. Overall, German Wirehaired Pointers look sturdy and swift.


  • Loving
  • Trainable
  • Vigorous
  • Independent
  • Reserved

Ideal Human Companion

  • Outdoorsy types
  • Active singles
  • Families

What They Are Like to Live With

Like many other hunting dogs, the German Wirehaired Pointer is energetic and loyal and easy to train. If you have a job to do outside, get your German Wirehaired Pointer involved—they love to be occupied with a “task” and don’t appreciate being left indoors for too long. With their families, German Wirehaired Pointers are loving and attentive. With strangers and new friends, they may be slightly more reserved.

Because it is so energetic and vigorous, the German Wirehaired Pointer might not be happy living in an apartment. A medium-sized, fenced yard is ideal, not to mention a routine of long, daily walks to keep it both mentally and physically sound.

Things You Should Know

German Wirehaired Pointers can live as long as 15 years. Common health issues include eye problems, hip dysplasia and ear infections. Some extra grooming attention is required with the German Wirehaired Pointer. It’s very important to brush the coat several times a week.

German Wirehaired Pointer History

In the mid-19th century, hunting became increasingly popular in Europe, and German hunters sought to develop a superior hunting dog that could excel over land, water and across varied terrain. Combining various Foxhounds, Poodles and Pointers, they came up with the German Wirehaired Pointer.

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