The German Wirehaired Pointer is medium sized all purpose dog with a most distinctive functional, wiry coat. The breed’s origins date back the mid 1800s in Germany when sportsmen were in need of a tough, rugged and all terrain hunting companion with a coat protective of harsh elements.
Today’s German Wirehaired Pointers are believed to be the result mainly of these four breeds: Pointer, English Foxhound, Standard Poodle and the Stichelhaar (German Roughhaired Pointer).
German Wirehaired Pointers were brought to the United States in the 1920s. The German Drahthaar Club of America was formed in 1953, but the name was officially changed to the German Wirehaired Club of America when the breed was admitted into the American Kennel Club in 1959.
Height: 22 -26 in. (53–66 cm) Males are slightly larger than females.
Weight: 66-70 lbs (30-32 kg)
Coat Type: Harsh, wiry textured. Water-repellent.
Color: Liver and White, usually either liver and white spotted, liver roan, liver and white spotted with ticking and roaming or solid liver.
Life span: 12-14 years
Temperament: Active, Intelligent, Loyal, Affectionate, Friendly.
Health Problems: May be susceptible to hip dysplasia, genetic eye disease, ear infections, and skin cancers. Some are prone to bloat and although rare, bladder control disease.
• Also known as the Deutsch-Drahthaar.
• Admitted into the American Kennel Club in 1959.
• Point and retrieve both on land and water.
AKC: Sporting Group
ANKC: Group 3 – Gundogs
CKC: Group 1 – Sporting Dogs
FCI: Group 7; Section 1 – Continental Pointing Dog
KC: Gundog Group
UKC: Gun Dog
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