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German Wirehaired Pointer

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German Wirehaired Pointer AKC Group: Sporting
Height: Male: 24-26 Inches; Female: 22-24 Inches
Weight: Male: 60-70 lbs; Female: 55-65 lbs
Colors: Combination of two shades like black and white or white and liver
AKC recognized in: 1959

Originating from Germany, which partly explains its name 'German wirehaired pointer', the breed became extensively popular in the country for its unique compatibility to hunting activities. As such, the German wirehaired is famed as one of the top guns in the category of hunting. Build-wise and appearance-wise, it was specially bred for this task.

Boasting a sturdy stature and powerful set of muscles that can handle tough terrain activities, and a medium thick fur that can effectively protect against harsh weather and other elements of nature, the German wirehaired pointer is hard to match in the hunting arena.

Setting your eyes on its powerfully built body and proud-looking figure, anyone will instantly notice its most distinct feature - its wired fur coat which explains the other half of its name 'wirehaired'.

Although the fur may not appear very attractive to look at, and of course it is not as soft as that of Spitz and Poodles, it actually serves the purpose of the breed very well. Its flat-lying fur which normally grows up to two inch in length has a dense undercoat which serves the breed perfectly as a hunter dog.

As for genetic and genealogical origin, this breed is the product of carefully planned mixing of several breeds including griffons, Deutsch Kurzhaar, Deutsch Stitchelhaar, and Pudelpointer.

Temperament

German Wirehaired Pointer Summary
Affection five paws
Cold Tolerance four paws
Ease of Training four paws
Energy level five paws
Exercise Requirements five paws
Friendliness : Children four paws
Friendliness: Other Animals four paws
Friendliness: Other Pets four paws
Grooming Requirements three paws
Heat Tolerance four paws
Playfulness four paws
Protection Ability four paws
Watchdog Ability four paws

Naturally loyal to its family, very affectionate and loving, and possessing a good degree of intelligence, the German wirehaired pointer makes a good addition to any family. This also makes them good training dogs, but requires a more consistent and firm approach.

And although this breed can be very affectionate to its usual companions, it may not display similar level of warmth around strangers. When it comes to this, it has the tendency to be aloof and quiet. To counter this tendency, a German wirehaired pointer needs to be exposed and trained to be around people and other dogs at an early age. This way, they can become more adept and hospitable to socializing.

Given these personality characteristics, any German wirehaired must be trained with the right temperament to share the same dwelling place with children.

Also, the owner must always keep the dog exposed to physical activities and other exercise routines which the dog will surely love. These will keep them from succumbing to boredom and perhaps depression.

Health and Exercise

The German Wirehaired Pointer has a life span of between 12 and 13 years.

While the German Wirehaired Pointer is generally a healthy dog, they are susceptable to certain health problems, Many because of the indiscriminate breeding by some people. These problems include:

  • Hip Dysplasia - Where the thigh bone does not fit snugly into the hip joint. This can lead to severe lameness or arthritis. A dog diagnosed with hip dysplasia should never be bred, as this is an inherited condition.
  • Von Willebrand's Disease - An inherited blood disorder that interferes with the ability of the blood to clot.
  • Eye problems, including Entropion and cataracts.

If there are athletic types of people as well as indoor types, in the world of dogs the German wirehaired pointer can be considered as the sports oriented. They want to play, have some action, and take on the field. As such, they will not serve as a good apartment dog. If you are looking for a dog that will peacefully stay within the four corners of your house, you will probably need to consider other breeds.

And although they may not appear to be as vain as the more luxuriously furred breeds, German wirehaired pointers also need regular grooming sessions. About twice a week of brushing should be sufficient. However, bathing should be limited to only when necessary.

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