German Wirehaired Pointer Dog Breed

The German Wirehaired Pointer is one of the most popular bird dogs around.
By: PawCulture Editors
German Wirehaired Pointer

About the German Wirehaired Pointer Dog Breed

The German Wirehaired Pointer originated in 19th century Germany, where they were used as all-around hunters, pointers and retrievers. Their predecessors are a mix of pointers and hounds. This breed is still one of the most popular bird dogs, and they are highly regarded for their abilities in both land and water retrieval.

German Wirehaired Pointer Physical Characteristics

German Wirehaired Pointers are large yet compact dogs, with a square head and drop ears. They have amber to brown eyes and docked tails.


The German Wirehaired Pointer is most commonly seen in liver and white or solid liver. It is common to see ticking or roaning throughout the coat. The most distinctive feature of this pointer is the arched bushy eyebrows and the short beard or whiskers on the face.


The outercoat of the German Wirehaired Pointer is short, wiry, and harsh, providing excellent protection against branches and thorny bushes when retrieving. The undercoat is thick in the winter and thin in the summer.

German Wirehaired Pointer Personality and Temperament

Activity Level



The German Wirehaired Pointer is loyal and affectionate toward their families. They enjoy working, swimming, and playing, and they need a family that can be as active as they are. This breed excels at canine sports. They are quite territorial, making them good watchdogs.

Things to Consider

The German Wirehaired Pointer does better with some obedience training early in life. They have been known to chase cats and other small animals. There is a potential for behavior problems if they are not given a job to do and kept active.

*Note: This is not a good breed for the first time dog owner.

German Wirehaired Pointer Care

Ideal Living Conditions

German Wirehaired Pointers do best in the country with a lot of space for running.

Special Requirements

German Wirehaired Pointers need daily exercise and do best when they have something to do.

German Wirehaired Pointer Health

The following conditions are commonly seen in German Wirehaired Pointers:


German Wirehaired Pointer History and Background

The German Wirehaired Pointer, sometimes referred to as Drahthaar, is a well known bird dog originating from Germany. This lovable companion is the result of the popular sport of game bird shooting, which demanded excellent trackers for bird hunting and retrieval. The Pointer has an outstanding talent for tracking its target and retrieving it.

The German Wirehaired Pointer’s ancestor is the Pudelpointer, a crossbreed of the Pointer and the old German Pudel. Other breeds used to create the German Wirehaired Pointer include the Polish Water Dog, the German Shorthaired Pointer, the Stichelhaar and the Griffon.

The German Wirehaired Pointer was admitted to the American Kennel Club in 1959, but today is still more popular in Germany than in the United States.