German Wire – Haired Pointer

The German Wire-Haired Pointer is an active and athletic animal with a friendly nature. They have a noble stance and broad, deep chest. The German Wire-Haired Pointers have a long muzzle, large nose and emotive, dark brown eyes. Their droopy ears frame their face, as does their unruly, wiry beard and long eyebrows. The double-coated dog has the harsh outer coat to protect their skin from brush and scrub, the dense undercoat is thicker in the cooler months.

Other Names
Country of Origin

The coat colours of German Wire-Haired Pointers are liver and white, either with ticking, roan or spotted and sometimes even a solid liver.

Height / Weight
On average dogs stand at 60 - 64cms at the withers and weigh 31 - 34kgs, bitches average at 58 - 62cms from the withers and weigh 29 - 32kgs.
Can be prone to hip dysplasia, ear infections, genetic eye disease and skin cancers.
Life Span

10 - 12 years

The German Wire-Haired Pointer is an intelligent dog but will need early training to prevent their head strong nature taking over. The breed can take some time to mature out of it's puppy phase and will retain its youthful energy for some time.
Suitability (Children)

On the whole German Wire-Haired Pointer's are not big eaters when you consider the amount of exercise they require.

Feeding Cost
$15-$20 p/w
Other Cost
The German Wire-Haired Pointer is an energy and seemingly tireless dog. They will need daily and vigorous exercise to prevent them becoming restless, anxious or even destructive.
Hair Shed
Can be prone to hip dysplasia, ear infections, genetic eye disease and skin cancers.
The German Wire-Haired Pointer needs to brushed roughly twice a week with a firm bristled brush. You may need to learn how to strip and pluck the coat as it becomes necessary, and thinning may be necessary in the twice a year. The wiry coat should be thick and hard, but not untidy. The ears will need to cleaned to prevent infection and it's good to give the feet a clean if they have been outdoors running amok!
Grooming Frequency
Twice a week
The German Wirehaired Pointer was developed in Germany in the beginning of the 20th century. The breed originated by crossing the German Shorthair Pointer with the Griffon, Stichelhaar (a dog that was developed by crossing the Pointer, Foxhound, Pudelpointer, and Polish water dog) and the Pudelpointer (a dog that was a cross between the Poodle and Pointer). This gave us a dog which could point, track, retrieve, and work as a gun-dog, in both field and water for both feather and fur. The ultimate canine!

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