German Wirehaired Pointer

Being first born as the versatile hunter that it is, the German Wirehaired Pointer still excels at its job today. It can point and retrieve from both water and land, and can hunt anything no matter the terrain. It has a well-developed sense of smell and a stamina that is well appreciated by hunters all around the world. At the same time, it is a loving companion and is perfect for those who can keep up with its energy and want an active dog that can accompany them everywhere.

German Wirehaired Pointer Breed Information

Being born on the grounds of Germany, the breed was known in its homeland as the Drahthaar, the hunting companion that is fit for all types of hunting games, no matter the conditions. It was designed to be an all-purpose dog that could point and retrieve no matter the environment, and it has within its genes the best qualities of a Pointer, Foxhound and Poodle. The breed was accepted into the German Kartell for dogs in the year 1928, in the 1920s being imported into the United States of America. Afterwards, in 1953, the German Drahthaar Club came into being. The German Wirehaired Pointer was admitted into the American Kennel Club in 1959, and remains to this day a well-loved and affectionate hunting companion.
It is a very active and brilliant breed that will always be loyal to its family, but generally aloof with strangers. It loves human company just as much as it loves hunting. It is a possessive breed and may become aggressive towards strange dogs, but that is just its way of showing devotion to the family. It is a breed that requires a lot of physical exercises and tends to run a lot. It enjoys playing with games and toys whenever you engage it.
  • Activity level: 5/5 (very energetic and in need of exercise)
  • Intelligence level: 4/5 (intelligent and obedient
  • Curiosity: 4/5 (curious but also cautious)
  • Friendliness: 4/5 (all around friendly and affectionate)
  • Vocal: 3/5 (moderate tendency to bark or howl, will bark at strangers approaching the household)
Thanks to the wiry texture of its coat, the German Wirehaired Pointer can retrieve from both water and land, being protected from the rough underbrush and the weather extremes. It has a docked tail it holds horizontally and a facial beard that gives it a distinct expression. It is different from the German Shorthaired Pointer, being slightly longer in the body and having a different head shape.
  • Fur: It has a wiry coat that protects it against any weather condition and is water repellent. The hair on its coat grows about 2 inches long and has a color that is usually liver and white, with possible tickling, roan or spots. It can sometimes be even a solid liver color.
  • Eyes: Medium-sized oval eyes that are brown, with eyebrows that are also of medium length.
  • Body structure: Well muscled and medium sized, the usual German Wirehair would be about 24 or 26 inches at the shoulder. Females appear to be just a bit smaller, but never less than 22 inches.
  • Facial features: It has hair on the beard, forehead and whiskers that are longer, to protect its face. The ears have a round form, hanging closely to its head.
  • Weight: The average German Wirehaired Pointer is expected to weigh around 60 to 70 pounds.
Health and Care
This is a breed that requires a lot of physical exercises. While German Wirehairs don’t normally get sick and stay healthy, there are some conditions the owner needs to be aware of when living with this breed. Such conditions are:
  • Hip Dysplasia, an inheritable condition in which the thighbone doesn’t fit into the hip joint.
  • Entropion: a rolling of the eyelid that can cause impaired vision.
  • Cataracts, which are spots on the eye lens.
  • Von Willebrand’s Disease: inherited, interferes with the blood’s ability to clot.
We have gathered this information from our breeders based on their experience with this breed. However, remember that each animal is different with its own personality and needs (just like people!), so use this information wisely. Do you know more about this breed and want to share your knowledge with us? Send us an email at