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German Wirehaired Pointer


Illustration of German Wirehaired Pointer

A larger, more rugged version of his smooth haired cousin, the German Wire Haired Pointer has a harsh bristly coat to give him protection in rough cover and rough weather. The German Wire Haired Pointer was developed from several wire-coated pointing breeds popular in Germany in the 19th century. It has been suggested that French Griffon blood was also used. The German Wire Haired Pointer is a rugged and indefatigable worker.

Breed Group
Vulnerable Native Breed
How much exercise?
More than 2 hours per day
Length of coat
How much grooming?
More than once a week
Supposedly sheds? *
Town or Country
Type of home
Large House
Minimum Garden Size
Over 10 Years

* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on the Kennel Club website.

The Gundog Breed Group

Dogs that were originally trained to find live game and/or to retrieve game that had been shot and wounded. This group is divided into four categories - Retrievers, Spaniels, Hunt/Point/Retrieve, Pointers and Setters - although many of the breeds are capable of doing the same work as the other sub-groups. They make good companions, their temperament making them ideal all-round family dogs.

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