German Wirehaired Pointer Overview
The German Wirehaired Pointer is related to his breed cousin, the German Shorthaired Pointer. He was created in an effort to create a hunting dog that sported a more wiry coat. Like his breed cousins, the Wirehaired Pointer excels at all hunting tasks on land and in the water.
German Wirehaired Pointer Characteristics
The German Wirehaired Pointer sports the same colors and markings of his Shorthaired cousin. Docked tails are also common, especially in dogs used extensively in field work. The Wirehair also boasts a longish wiry coat all over his body as well as a matching beard that gives him an almost comical look.
German Wirehaired Pointer Temperament
German Wirehaired Pointers are sweet, loyal and very eager to work. They are slightly less excitable than the Shorthaired Pointer, and tend to mellow out at an earlier age. They are also described sometimes as comical and “clownish” in demeanor, especially with close family members that they trust. They retain the same loyalty and eagerness to please as other Pointers.
German Wirehaired Pointer Care
12 to 14 years is the average lifespan of a German Wirehair, typical for dogs of their size. They are prone to fewer health concerns than their Shorthaired cousins, but are still susceptible to genetic disorders such as hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia and cataracts. Skin cancer is also a common concern for the breed.
German Wirehaired Pointer Coat
The wiry coat is a favorite of owners, and needs only weekly brushing to be maintained. German Wirehairs also have a stiffer undercoat that may periodically shed. During shedding, the use of a brush to strip the outer coat and undercoats may be beneficial in preventing mats. The dropped ears of the German Wirehair should also be checked and cleaned regularly to avoid ear infections.
German Wirehaired Pointer Training
Give a Wirehair respect, and he will learn quickly and work hard to please. German Wirehairs are very intelligent and excel at the tasks given to them. Their slightly more mellow nature makes them a bit easier to train, and their eagerness to please makes them look forward to training tasks. Wirehairs do well both in traditional hunting roles, or as an obedient pet.
German Wirehaired Pointer Activity
As a hunting dog, the German Wirehair has bounds of energy. This energy must be constantly worked, either in traditional field and hunting trials, or with long walks, jogs, hikes and other activities. Mental stimulation in combination with lots of activity will help keep the Wirehair happy and less prone to destructive behaviors.