German Wirehaired Pointer Breed Summary
Gentle, Affectionate, Energetic, Loyal and Active
These dogs are known for their handsome appearance, mainly due to their wiry coats and sweet, fluffy faces! They are native to Germany and have remained highly prized for both their looks and fantastic hunting abilities.
They only recently came over the UK, but even still, they have been able to grow very steadily in popularity, both as working dogs and companions!
Fun Fact: They are the third most popular breed in Germany!
|Kennel Club Group||Gundog|
|Lifespan||9 - 12 Years|
|Height (at the withers)||Males 60cm - 67cm, Females 56cm - 62cm|
|Weight||Males 25kg - 34kg, Females 20kg - 29kg|
|Coat||They have a Double Coat. The Outercoat is Very Dense and the Undercoat Provides a Great Deal of Protection Against the Elements|
|Colour||Black & White, Black & White Ticked, Liver, Liver & White, Liver & White Ticked, Liver Ticked|
|Common health issues||Hip dysplasia, von Willebrand's disease, Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), Atopy (a sensitivity that causes allergies), Idiopathic epilepsy, Entropion (Eyelids Folding Inwards), Osteochondritis dissecans, Hypothyroidism (underactivity of thyroid gland), Cataracts, Bloat/gastric torsion|
|Other Names||GWP, Deutsch Drahthaar, Deutscher Drahthaariger Vorstehhund, Drahthaar|
German Wirehaired Pointers are known for their extremely gentle and affectionate natures. Additionally, they absolutely love 'hoomans' and form exceptionally strong bonds with their families, stopping at nothing to protect them! They are also a very intelligent breed, which means they are fairly easy to train. Additionally, their boundless energy and love of water mean they need lots of exercise. For this reason, they would more suit a family who leads an active lifestyle that they can easily slot into! It's very important that these guys receive lots of training and socialisation from a young age as without proper guidance they can be a very difficult breed to live with! However, for the right family, they make lovely pets with the ability to provide you with years of joy!
These guys were first seen in the 19th century and were thought to have originally been bred to hunt in harsh and difficult environments, which is something they went onto become highly prized for! It's thought they were probably developed using other native breeds, which could have included, Deutscher Stichelhaars, Deutscher Kurzhaars and Pudelpointers as well as potentially Griffon-type doggies as well! The breed was thought to have been introduced in England just after their cousins, the German Shorthair Pointers, and was recognised as a breed by the Kennel Club in the 1970's. Nowadays, they are prized for their amazing hunting skills and make fantastic family pets.