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German Wirehaired Pointer - Care and Grooming

German Wirehaired Pointer Temperament

The German Wirehaired Pointer is a dog that loves the companionship of humans, and has plenty of love, affection, and devotion to give to the right owner, but this is not a dog for those that do not have the time to commit to a pet.



These dogs make good family pets, and are well balanced in temperament. Intelligent, eager, and willing, these dogs have plenty of energy and therefore need a good deal of exercise and plenty of space in which to release their energy. The German Wirehaired Pointer loves to play, and is determined and outgoing, yet steady and sensible. These dogs can be very strong willed and independent, and are therefore best suited to those with some experience of dog ownership.

The German Wirehaired Pointer gets along well with children, particularly when raised with them, and when well socialized will get along okay with other pets, although they may be aggressive with other dogs. When it comes to strangers, some German Wirehaired Pointers may be friendly whereas others may be wary and reserved depending on the personality of the individual dog. These dogs do have a protective streak, and this means that he will make a good watchdog. The German Wirehaired Pointer is a quick learner and an intelligent creature, but his hard headedness can sometime make training a struggle.

German Wirehaired Pointer Appearance

The German Wirehaired Pointer has a thick, harsh coat, with a dense undercoat. The coloring of the coat is usually liver and white, although some can be solid liver or may have black in place of liver. The German Wirehaired Pointer has a distinctive beard and moustache, and an inquisitive expression. This is a large dog with a sturdy and athletic build. The German Wirehaired Pointer weighs in at 50-70 pounds, and the height is around 22-24 inches for females and 24-26 inches for males.

German Wirehaired Pointer Grooming

You will need to put in some effort when it comes to the grooming of the German Wirehaired Pointer, and you will need regularly brush his harsh coat several times each week. The dead coat will need to be stripped every few months for show dogs, and for pet dogs clipping may be required every few months. You should check the ears regularly too in order to reduce the chances of infections and for hygiene reasons. These dogs are medium shedders, and may not be suitable for those with allergies.

German Wirehaired Pointer Health Problems and Life Expectancy

The German Wirehaired Pointer has a life expectancy of around 10-12 years, and there are a number of health issues that are linked to the breed. This includes elbow dysplasia, HD, and cataracts. Other than this, the German Wirehaired Pointer is generally a hardy and healthy breed. The parents of the German Wirehaired Pointer puppy should have OFA and CERF certificates.

German Wirehaired Pointer History

The German Wirehaired Pointer was developed in the late nineteenth century in Germany, and was bred to hunt all sorts of game.




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