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German Wirehaired Pointer – Dog Breed Guide

Breed summary

Size: Medium
Weight: 60 to 70 pounds
Height: 22 to 26 inches
Longevity: 14
Bark Tendency: High
Aggression: Medium
Compatibility to other pets: Medium

Adopt a German Wirehaired Pointer, Dog Breed Guide

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German Wirehaired Pointer
Other Name – Deutscher Drahthaariger Vorstehhund

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Date – 19th Century / Country – Germany
Family / Group: Gun Dog, Sporting

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Continental Kennel Club
Fédération Cynologique Internationale
American Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
Kennel Club of Great Britain
Canadian Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
The German Wirehaired Pointer Club of America
New Zealand Kennel Club
Verein Deutsch-Drahthaar/Group North America
Australian National Kennel Club
American Pet Registry, Inc.
American Canine Registry
Dog Registry of America, Inc.
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.

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German Wirehaired Pointer is a medium-size dog that is muscular and square in shape. The breed has been recognized since 1870. German Wirehaired Pointers are dogs that were developed from the Griffon, Stichelhaar, German Shorthair, and Pudelpointer breeds. They are hunting dogs that can hunt both on land and water. Aside from their natural pointing traits, they are also great in retrieving.

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The German Wirehaired Pointer is aloof with strangers but loyal and affectionate with family. It has strong work and prey drive and can be sharp. It is somewhat terrier-like in looks and personality If well socialized it is fine with children and other dogs.

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They are show dogs, obedience competition athletes, gundog, retrieving, tracking trials, field trials, and hunting tests.

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The German Wirehaired Pointer is not recommended for apartment life. It can be somewhat high strung and very active indoors; needs plenty of exercises to prevent extreme indoor restlessness. It will do best with at least a large yard.

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The German Wirehaired Pointer is not recommended for apartment life. It can be somewhat high strung and very active indoors; needs plenty of exercises to prevent extreme indoor restlessness. It will do best with at least a large yard.

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Training will be moderately difficult as these dogs have a tendency to be very dominant against weakness. Firm and consistent authority is a must while training.

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Some lines of the German Wirehaired Pointer are prone to ear infections, genetic eye disease, and skin cancers.

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This dog is extremely energetic and tireless. It is very important that it gets daily vigorous exercise to prevent it from becoming high-strung with extreme indoor restlessness. This breed can be a challenge for even the most active family and they should not be taken on as a family pet unless they can guarantee plenty of daily vigorous exercise. It needs to be taken on a daily, brisk, long walk, jog or run alongside you when you bicycle.

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