German Wirehaired Pointer Dog Breed Information and Personality Traits

Needing vigorous daily exercise, the German wirehaired pointer is not suited for apartment living or small homes. The dog is considered even-tempered and loyal to its family and interacts well with children.

German Wirehaired Pointer At a glance
The German Wirehaired Pointer Dog Breed

Today, the German wirehaired pointer is one of the most popular dogs in Germany, where it is known as the Drahthaar.


Weight Range:

Male: 45-75 lbs.
Female: 45-75 lbs.

Height at Withers:

Male: 25 in.

Female: 24 in.


Floppy ears (naturally)


Exercise Requirements: >40 minutes/day
Energy Level: Very energetic
Longevity Range: 12-14 yrs.
Tendency to Drool: Low Tendency to Snore: Low
Tendency to Bark: Low
Tendency to Dig: Low Social/Attention Needs: High

Bred For:

General hunting, watch dog


Length: Short
Characteristics: Hard coat, straight, flat
Colors: Liver and white
Overall Grooming Needs: Moderate

Club Recognition:

AKC Classification: Sporting
UKC Classification: Gun Dog
Prevalence: So-so

Adult males are about 25 inches tall and weigh about 70 pounds (32 kilograms). Females are a bit shorter at 24 inches, and they weigh about 60 pounds (27 kilograms).

German wirehaired pointers are slightly longer than they are tall, and they have a relatively short back. The ears hang down, and the tail usually is docked.

German wirehaired pointers have a distinctively harsh, wiry, water-resistant outer coat that provides excellent protection from the elements and briars. They also have wiry eyebrows, a mustache, a beard and webbed toes.

They have a good life expectancy of about 12 to 14 years.


German wirehaired pointers are extremely active. Considered even-tempered dogs, they are loyal to their family. They do very well with children if raised with them or with older children who treat them well. They also do well with other pets if raised with them; some individuals in the breed may try to dominate other animals.

The breed is leery of strangers and makes a good watchdog.

Living With:

These dogs need lots of vigorous exercise daily; otherwise, they will become restless and difficult to manage. Consequently, they are not suitable dogs for people living in apartments or very small homes. They do best in the country where they have plenty of fenced acreage on which to romp, and they especially appreciate an opportunity to swim and fetch. German wirehaired pointers are hunters by nature and may try to roam or go after neighborhood livestock.

German wirehaired pointers are considered average shedders. Brushing the coat a couple of times weekly, occasional stripping, and bathing as needed are all that is necessary to groom this dog.


German wirehaired pointers were bred in Germany in the late 1800s to be hardy, versatile gun dogs that could scent, point and retrieve in the harshest of climates.

They descended from a variety of breeds, one of which is a dog known as the pudelpointer (an early mixture of pointer type dogs and poodle or barbet type dogs). Other dogs in the German wirehaired pointer's background are thought to include the wirehaired pointing griffon, stichelhaar, Polish water dogs and early German shorthairs. According to one source, bloodhounds and foxhounds might also be in the background of the breed.

Today, the German wirehaired pointer is one of the most popular dogs in Germany, where it is known as the Drahthaar. It came to America in the 1920s and achieved AKC recognition in 1959; however, the breed has attained only modest popularity in America.

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