A large, powerful hunting dog that is slightly longer than he is tall, the adult male German Wire-Haired Pointer dog breed stands at 60-67cm and weighs 25-34kg and the adult female is 56-62cm tall and weighs 20.5-29kg. Covered in a thick wire coat, he has bushy eyebrows and a distinguished-looking beard. The coat comes in liver and white, solid liver, and black and white.
Wirecoated gundogs have been in Germany for over two hundred years. Large, tough dogs were needed, with thick, protective coats to help them through all terrains and weathers – from alpine regions and dense forests to open farmland. The facts are not known, but it's thought that the German Wire-Haired Pointer's ancestors could include Airedale Terriers, Foxhounds, French Griffons as well as the other German pointing breeds.
A gentle, even-tempered, alert dog, the German Wire-Haired Pointer is keen to learn and is loyal and affectionate to his loved ones. If not adequately stimulated, mentally and physically, he can wreak considerable destruction – this dog needs quality time with his family.
The German Wire-Haired Pointer is generally a healthy breed. However, as with many breeds, they can suffer from various hereditary eye disorders, and hip dysplasia (a condition that can lead to mobility problems). Eye testing and hip scoring of dogs prior to breeding is therefore important. Epilepsy is also seen more commonly in this breed.
Very much an outdoors-loving dog, the German Wire-Haired Pointer needs at least two hours of daily exercise. Couch potatoes should choose another breed, but if you'd enjoy long walks with your dog, working and field trials, agility or even falconry, this could be the breed for you.
Large breed dogs, as well as having large appetites, benefit from a different balance of nutrients including minerals and vitamins compared to smaller-breed dogs.
The undercoat is thick, and the top coat is harsh and about 4cm-plus in length. Grooming involves brushing the coat a couple of times a week and stripping out the dead hair at least twice a year, more if the coat needs it.