meet theGerman Wirehaired Pointer


Training &Temperament

A high energy and high drive breed, the Wirehair must receive regular exercise or have a job to do; otherwise their creativity and independence may get them into trouble. Even if the job description includes only retrieving newspapers and slippers, this breed needs to be given meaningful work. Along with the intelligence and will the Wirehair possesses, the breed also has the capability to be very creative and somewhat independent. They prefer to work for who they like and will very often create their own rules of engagement. GWPs are extremely devoted dogs. They are a breed that typically does not make a good kennel dog, nor a dog that lives all its life in a backyard with little human contact. When raised in a home with one owner, they become very definite one person dogs. When raised in a home with several people, including children, they adopt the whole family, although some dogs may attach more strongly to one member of the household. Young GWPs are typically fun-loving and playful, and with proper supervision for both children and animal, GWPs and kids do very well together.

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Did You Know?

The coat of the German Wirehaired Pointer is weather-resistant in every sense of the term, and it is to large extent water-repellent. It is straight, harsh, wiry, and quite flat-lying. One and one half to two inches in length, it is long enough to shield the body from rough cover, yet not so long as to hide the outline.

The German Wirehaired Pointer was imported into the United States in the 1920's and admitted into AKC's stud book in 1959.

Most of the early wirehaired Pointers represented a combination of Griffon, Stichelhaar, Pudelpointer, and German Shorthair. The Pudelpointer was a cross between a Poodle dog and an English Pointer bitch, while the Griffon and the Stichelhaar were composed of Pointer, Foxhound, Pudelpointer, and a Polish Water dog.

The German Wirehaired Pointer was first bred as a result of increased popularity in hunting in order to accommodate demand for new breeds.

The German Wirehaired Pointer works equally well in land and water, in part due to the unique coat.

The coat of the German Wirehaired Pointer, the breed's most distinctive feature, is dense enough in the water to protect against harsh cold, but it sheds in the summer to the point of veritable invisibility.

colors & Markings

Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.


Description Desc. Standard Colors Std. Colors Registration Code Reg. Code
Liver 123
Liver & White 125
Black & White 019


Description Desc. Standard Markings Std. Markings Registration Code Reg. Code
Roan 036
Roan & Ticked 109
Spotted 021
Ticked 013