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German Wirehaired Pointer

Group: Gundogs (Group 3)
Club: Victorian Gundog Club Inc (Group 3)
Contact: Ms Sally Haynes
Phone: 0412 629 262

Brief History

Breed development started in the early 19th Century in Germany, based on Griffon Korthal, Pudelpointer, German Shorthaired Pointer and Broken Pointing dogs. In Germany, the breed is known as the Drahthaar. As a versatile utility gundog, they point, flush, and retrieve wild game in the field, woodlands, and water.

The German Wirehaired Pointer arrived in Australia in 1976. The breed is well known for its strong hunting abilities and has gained success in many canine activities, obtaining many titles.

Average Life Span

When considering a dog, please realise that you are taking it on for its lifetime.

The average life span is 12 to16 years.


German Wirehaired Pointers are very active dogs, displaying sensitivity, intelligence and devotion. They often display a sense of humour, while still retaining their hunting instincts.

General Breed Description

This is a large gundog of noble appearance, with harsh coat completely protecting the skin, showing eyebrows and moustache. The German Wirehaired Pointer is a breed in its own right, not a hairy German Shorthaired Pointer. It has a strong and muscular body which is slightly longer than high. The German Wirehaired Pointer is a versatile gundog and will readily join in whatever activities you have in store. He is known to participate in various dog sports including Conformation Shows, Obedience, Rally, Agility and Tracking.

The coat may be brown roan or black roan in colour, with or without patches, light roan, or brown with or without a white chest patch.

Coat and Care Requirements

The coat of the German Wirehaired Pointer is harsh, flat lying, and dense and does not shed.  A weekly brush and a bath when conditions deem necessary is all that is required. It is advisable to seek out a professional groomer to strip the coat once a year rather than clipping, as the coat will lose its wiry feel and protective qualities.


Height: Males 61 to 68cms, Females 57 to 64cms.


All breeds have individual health issues. When speaking to breeders it is recommended you enquire about the breed’s health and what health testing the breeder does. The German Wirehaired Pointer is generally a healthy breed, however health conditions do occur occasionally. They may include Hip Dysplasia (HD), Elbow Dysplasia, Eye and Heart Diseases, Thyroid Disease and von Willebrand’s Disease.


A German Wirehaired Pointer is full of energy, with powerful movement. The owner should have an active lifestyle with time to train the dog to be part of their family. He does not like to be left alone for long periods, as he enjoys human company and his versatile character means he is suitable for many canine activities. Regular exercise is essential, as is a secure fenced yard. The breed is very trainable, sensitive but prone to being stubborn, aloof with strangers and at times protective of its environment and owner.

In Conclusion

Now you know a little more about this breed. If you have decided this is the dog for you and wish to investigate further, please contact the Breed Club or Dogs Victoria. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog events where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs. With any breed of dog, it is important to research and determine suitability for your lifestyle before committing to a puppy which will be a part of your family for many years to come.

Whilst many breeds are recommended for families, it is imperative that when children are with dogs they are supervised at all times. Basic obedience training is a vital part of dog ownership.

Dogs Victoria is about the responsible ownership of all dogs and in particular the preservation of pure breeds.

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