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German Wirehaired Pointer

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Breed characteristics
Kid friendly Dog friendly Cat friendly  Intelligence Easy to train Grooming Shedding  Adaptability


Breed information

Name                         German Wirehaired Pointer

Other names            Deutscher Drahthaar, Deutscher Drahthaariger Vorstehhund, Drahthaar

Origin                        Germany

Size                            Medium

Group                        Sporting dog breeds (AKC), Gun Dog (UKC)

Height                       Males: about 24 – 27 inches (61 – 68 cm); Females: about 22 – 25 inches (app. 57 – 64 cm)

Weight                      About 59 – 71 lbs (approx. 27 – 32 kg)

Color                         Liver, Black and White, Liver and white, Roan

Litter size                 –

Life span                  About 12 – 15 years

Back in the late 1800s German hunters were in search of a rugged dog that could hunt any kind of game and on any terrain. The result was they created the German Wirehaired. In him they managed to blend the very best qualities of the Pointer, Poodle, along with the Foxhound in order to develop an all-purpose dog that would be able to point and retrieve both on land and in water, disregarding what the weather or surrounding environment is.

The German Wirehaired Pointer is both affectionate and loyal to his family. The breed is generally friendly toward other people that he knows but tends to be aloof when it comes to strangers.The Wirehaired Pointer might display aggression toward dogs and cats in cases in which he was not brought up with them. He makes the perfect watchdog and will defend his home and family at all cost if they are in danger. As it is with any breed, early socialization is obligatory. He is a great companion when it comes to older children who are able to stand up to both his size and energy levels, but he may turn out to be a bit overwhelming for younger kids who are easy to knock down during play.

When training your German Wirehaired Pointer you will find that a sharp “No” is a lot more effective than using harsh or rough treatment tactics. Respect your dog’s intelligence, and you are bound to find that you can teach it almost anything.

The German Wirehaired Pointerhas dense, wiry coat that requires only minimal grooming. It should remain neat and clean with normal regular brushing. You don’t have to worry about shedding as it sheds lightly during the course of the year. You have to give him a bath only if needed.

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