German Wirehaired Pointer

History/Evolution:

With traces of Griffon, Pointer, German Shorthair, and Poodle, the German Wirehaired Pointer is an accomplished and versatile hunter. Able to withstand weather and water, the German Wirehaired can point and track game, retrieve waterfowl from water or land, and serve as a reliable guard dog. Recognized by the AKC in 1959, the breed enjoys moderate popularity in the United States, but not nearly as much as it has in its native Germany.


Size:

Medium to large; females smaller, but not less than 22 inches; males 24 to 26 inches.

Color:

Solid liver, liver and white; may have spots, roaning, and ticking.

Temperament:

Energetic, rugged, independent, and driven. Prone to boredom and destructiveness if not physically and mentally challenged. Loyal and affectionate; aloof and protective, but not unfriendly to strangers.

Energy level:

Medium to high.

Best owner:

Active, outdoor-oriented person.

Needs:

Regular exercise or a job to do, training, fenced yard, human companionship, minimal grooming.

Life expectancy:

12 to 14 years.