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German Wirehaired Pointer

 

German Wirehaired Pointer

 

Description

Developed in Germany up until the 1800s, German Pointers were said to be heavy and slow, however in the early 1900’s the German Wirehaired Pointed was created with a combination of French Griffon, Pudel-pointer, Shorthaired Pointer and Broken-coated Pointer to produce the breed we see today - a medium-large, but lean and well-muscled dog.  This resulted in producing an all-round hunting dog, able to work on land, in water as a flusher, pointer and retriever, where they would instinctively 'point' indicating to its handler where game may lay.  This newly created German breed of dog was more versatile with a higher hunting performance and possessed a stronger physical constitution and is a little bigger than its shorthaired cousin.

 

Temperament

This breed makes an excellent dog for people who love the outdoor active life and will have the time to do activities with their dog such as swimming, retrieving, obedience, and agility.  It is recommended that children be supervised with these dogs as with any large breed and because of their hunting instincts, they generally don’t get on with cats unless introduced as a puppy; the same applies for other domesticated pets such as rabbits, rats, mice.  They are very loyal and protective of their family but normally bond with one particular person more than the whole family and because of their devotion make it quite difficult to re-home at a later age.  Slightly aloof with strangers, they are never timid or aggressive and do best raised in a family environment. Not making for good pets in small yards and if left alone for long periods they can become destructive from boredom.  Because they are very active, they will be required to be exercised twice daily and trained to avoid boredom. 

 

Appearance

Height:   56-67cm  (22-26in)

Weight:   27-32kg  (60-70lb)

A double-coated breed with a “wirey” harsh outer coat to protect its skin from thick brush and scrub, a dense undercoat becoming more prevalent in winter and a 'beard' apparent below the jaw. This noble looking dog that stands tall has eyes which blend with the coat colour.  Colours come in predominantly black or brown, interspersed with white (known as roan) or predominantly white with black or brown roan.

 

Grooming

Grooming the Wirehaired Pointer should be basic with the occasional combing out of dead hair, a bath once every 6 weeks and trim under the tail if feathering occurs. Pluck and clean inside the ears 3 times a year and trim their nails every 8 weeks.

 

Life Expectancy

12 Years

 

Health Concerns

Hip dysplasia and eye problems have been known to afflict the breed and there have been skin problems in some inbred bloodlines, which are immune system related and also occurring in light pigmented animals.

 

Suitability

Do you love being outdoors and looking for an active dog with a bit of spirit and character, then a German Wirehaired Pointer might be just the dog for you.  They are more aloof towards strangers and protective in temperament than its short-haired cousin.  Mixing well with its family and their children, these dogs may come across less tolerant of outside children. Because of there strong prey drive, they may be inclined to chase the family cat or small animal if given the opportunity.  Even though these dogs are intelligent, they can be quite headstrong so early training is still essential.  The German Wirehaired Pointer will require adequate exercise to be able to burn off excess energy and if left in the backyard with no exercise may turn destructive.

 

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