German Wirehaired Pointer

Description

Judging by the breed’s name, it’s easy to determine what stands out most about the German Wirehaired Pointer. Its coat is very unique in that it is of a wiry consistency. The coat repels water so that the breed can hunt in water. The breed has a very alert appearance. It’s body is lean with well-defined muscles. The head is long and features a dark nose and eyes. The ears are medium size and hand down into the face. Its neck is well muscled and extends to a short back that finishes with a tail that is set high.

Temperament

Affection comes easy for the German Wirehaired Pointer. This breed is friendly and enjoys spending time with its family. Its affection extends to other pets in the home. It may not extend the same warm feelings to unknown visitors to the home. The breed is usually responsive to training, as long as it takes place when the breed is young. Training can help to develop social skills in the German Wirehaired Pointer. The breed prefers interaction or some other activity to keep it busy. It is not a good idea to leave this breed alone for long periods of time.

Height and Weight

Male height: 25-26 inchesMale weight: 60-70 poundsFemale height: 22-24 inchesFemale weight: 60-70 pounds

Health Problems

The German Wirehaired Pointer is generally a healthy breed. The health problems that plague some types include ear, skin, and ear conditions. The breed may also develop hip dysplasia.

Ideal Living Conditions

Keeping a German Wirehaired Pointer indoors is not recommended. The breed’s energy level is so high that it will become rambunctious if kept in small quarters. It will behave better when it has space to spend its energy.

Exercise

Exercise is the best recourse to the high energy German Wirehaired Pointer. Daily exercise is a definite requirement for this breed. It loves running and swimming and can endure these high-energy exercises for a long period of time.

Life Expectancy

The life expectancy of the German Wirehaired Pointer is 12-14 years.

Litter Size

The German Wirehaired Pointer typically has 6-10 puppies.

Grooming

The coat of the German Wirehaired Pointer requires moderate maintenance. Its handler can perform the regular steps to keep the coat well groomed, but a professional groomer is recommended.

Origin

The German Wirehaired Pointer is not an old breed. It originated in Germany in the late 1900s.

Group

Gun Dog

Color

The primary colors of the German Wirehaired Pointer are brown and white. The colors are typically in the form of spots.