German Wirehaired Pointer

Other names: German Wirehaired Pointing Dog, Deutsch Drahthaar

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The German Wirehaired Pointer is typically a pointing dog. Distinguished appearance, lively and alert expression, supple and ample gaits characterize this dog with a hard coat, giving it excellent protection. This last point differentiates it from its cousin the German Shorthaired Pointer. The German Wirehaired Pointer is truly built for strength and endurance.



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Hair type Half-long
Origin Germany
Template Big
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 26 kg to 31 kg From 57 cm to 64 cm
Male From 26 kg to 31 kg From 61 cm to 68 cm
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History of the breed

The breeding of the German Wirehaired Pointer began in the late 19th century from the Griffon Korthals and contributions from other local breeds of hunting dogs. He also inherits several characteristic traits of the Griffon Korthals, including the beard and eyebrows. Later, a selection work led to the German Wirehaired Pointer as we know it today. He quickly established himself as a versatile hunting dog all over Germany. The German Wirehaired Pointer breed was definitively recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) on November 26, 1954.

Photos of German Wirehaired Pointer

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Physical features

His hair: hard in texture. Lying, dense and measuring 2 to 4 cm long, the outer coat is associated with a tight undercoat. The set provides the dog with good protection.
Its color: brown and white, grizzled black or light roan.
His head: well proportioned to the body. The skull is flat, slightly rounded at the sides and moderately broad. The superciliary arches are clearly developed, the stop visibly marked.
His ears: moderately large, set high and wide.
His eyes: as dark as possible, displaying a lively and alert expression.
His body: harmoniously built and proportioned. The neck is of medium length and well muscled, the top line straight and slightly sloping, the withers marked, the back strong and muscular, the loins short and muscular, the croup long, wide and gently sloping, the chest wide and well let down, the top line slightly arched and raised.
Its tail: of medium thickness. Carried horizontally or slightly saber-shaped, directed upwards, but not erect.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The German Wirehaired Pointer is a self- confident dog, with a balanced and balanced temperament , never fearful or aggressive . He is also not shy, but rather reserved with strangers. Versatile hunting dog , intervening before and after the shot, he is as at home in the plains as in the woods and marshes. As a family, he is a good companion who gets along quite well with other animals and children . The German Wirehaired Pointer is very attached to his master.

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Early learning to recall is important in the German Wirehaired Pointer, as in any hunting dog. His education is not particularly complicated . It just needs to include a dose of firmness combined with gentleness and patience. It must be rigorous, but never brutal. His intelligence and his desire to please his master will do the rest.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

The German Wirehaired Pointer   will prefer to live in a fenced garden rather than in an apartment. He can adapt to city life if he is walked around enough.


Ease of gaining weight

The German Wirehaired Pointer is a robust dog who enjoys solid health . Thanks to its hard and tight double coat, it tolerates bad weather and cold quite well. Be careful, you have to watch his weight, because he has a tendency to gain weight. Especially if he has a life that is a little too sedentary. He may have hip dysplasia or certain eye conditions.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 6 and 10 puppies

To protect you from these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends insurance for a German Shorthaired Pointer dog .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 12 years old

Maximum: 14 years

The life expectancy of a German Wirehaired Pointer is, on average, between 12 and 14 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The German Wirehaired Pointer experiences 2 seasonal moults per year , in spring and autumn. Its maintenance is quite simple to ensure .

It is recommended that you brush the dog twice a week and regularly inspect the inside of its ears. During the moult, trimming sessions allow to rid the dress of dead hairs.

Price and budget

Purchase price

€ 600
900 €

The purchase price of a German Wirehaired Pointer is between € 600 and € 900.

Annual maintenance cost


The annual maintenance cost of a German Wirehaired Pointer is between NC and NC.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

The German Wirehaired Pointer needs long and frequent outings to exercise . For the puppy, on the other hand, we should avoid strenuous activities so as not to disturb him in his growth.


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 7: Pointing dogs

Recognized by FCI

Since 1954


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