German Wirehaired Pointer: Dog Breed Guide

Country of origin: Germany
Shoulder height: 57 – 68 cm
Weight: 27 – 32 kg
Age: 12 – 14 years
Color: brown roan, black roan, brown with or without white
Use: hunting dog

The German Wirehaired Pointer is a robust, powerful, and very versatile hunting dog that needs a hunting task and plenty of exercises. As a pure family companion dog, the talented German Wirehaired Pointer would quickly wither away.

Origin and history

The German Wirehaired Pointer was bred at the end of the 19th century to create a strong wire-haired hunting dog. Several rough-haired breeds (Pudelpointer, Griffon, German Stichelhaar) were crossed with the German Shorthaired Pointer and so a versatile, robust dog was created in a short time, which is now one of the most popular hunting dogs.


The German Wirehaired Pointer is a rough-haired dog with a roughly square build. It has a concise head with dark eyes, bushy eyebrows, and a thick beard, which creates the typical, somewhat fierce but still lovable facial expression.

The ears are medium-sized, set high, and hanging. The tail is of medium length, straight or slightly saber-shaped, and is carried horizontally to slightly upwards. If the German Wirehaired Pointer is used purely for hunting, the rod can also be docked.

The fur consists of about 2-4 cm long, wire-haired, coarse top coat and a much denser undercoat. In this form, it offers optimal protection against cold, wet and small injuries caused by branches or thorns. It is bred in the colors brown roan (with or without spots), black roan (with or without spots), and brown (with or without white).


The German Wirehaired Pointer is a well-balanced, well-balanced hunting dog that shows neither nervousness nor aggression. The powerful and self-confident dog is suitable for all types of hunting in the field, in the forest, and the water – before and after the shot. In addition, he is also alert and bonds very closely with his caregiver and family. It is also considered to be extremely child-friendly.

The robust German Wirehaired Pointer, which defies all weather conditions, is a working dog and needs appropriate activity and a lot of exercises. For this reason, it also belongs in the hands of a hunter and is by no means suitable as a pure family companion dog. As an apartment dog without hunting tasks, the German Wirehaired Pointer would quickly wither and become a problem dog if it was not challenged.

The German Wirehaired Pointer learns quickly and happily, but cannot necessarily be described as easy to handle. It needs very consistent training, clear leadership, and an experienced owner.

Ava Williams

Written by Ava Williams

Hello, I'm Ava! I have been writing professionally for just over 15 years. I specialize in writing informative blog posts, breed profiles, pet care product reviews, and pet health and care articles. Prior to and during my work as a writer, I spent about 12 years in the pet care industry. I have experience as a kennel supervisor and professional groomer. I also compete in dog sports with my own dogs. I also have cats, guinea pigs, and rabbits.

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