German Wirehaired Pointer
Tags: Sporting, Large-sized, Kid-friendly, Challenging for first-time owners, Requires firm, dedicated training
Our most distinctive feature -- besides being a multi-purpose hunting dog and cordial companion -- is that wiry coat that lets us "dress" for all occasions. The outer coat is the wiry part -- straight hairs (up to 2 inches long), harsh and lying flat atop a soft, dense undercoat (in the winter). The harsh-soft combination is both water-repellent and weather-resistant, while protecting us from scrapes and scratches when the going gets rough. Regular brushing (several times a week) keeps us looking sharp.
- Affectionate, devoted family friend
- Agile and active
- Aloof and proud
- Born to run, happy to walk
- Busy is better than bored
- Energizer doggie
- Independent thinker
- Intelligent and ready to learn
- Lives to work
- Loves kids and vice versa
- Novice owners might be challenged with this breed
- Outdoor enthusiast
- Caters to country, tolerates town
- Socialization and training must start early
- Stubborn streak
- Training must be firm but gentle, patient and consistent
What to expect
You already know my remarkable abilities as a hunter and family friend. Here are three other things I ought to tell you -- because owners of German Wirehaired Pointers quickly find out anyway: we can be strong willed, stubborn, and sometimes jealous of other dogs. Please make my training firm but respectful of my intelligence. You're the boss -- and so are all the other humans in my new family. And work with me on this other-dog jealousy issue. With the help of my humans, I'm going to have the best life a dog ever had -- so there's no need to be jealous.
A generally healthy breed, with possibility of subcutaneous (under the skin) cysts, and malocclusion (of the teeth).