The German Wirehaired Pointer is a well-muscled, medium to the large-sized dog of distinctive appearance. Balanced in size and sturdily built, the breed’s most distinguishing characteristics are its weather-resistant, wire-like coat, and its facial furnishings.
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In this video, we are counting down the top 10 facts about the German Wirehaired Pointer that you might not know.
A Quick Overview:
Group: Sporting Dogs
Weight: 60 to 70 pounds
Height: 1 foot, 10 inches to 2 feet, 2 inches tall at the shoulder
Life Expectancy: 12 – 14 years
A combination of the best features of the Foxhound, Pointer, and Poodle, the German Wirehaired Pointer is a hunter’s best friend: a medium-size dog who can point and retrieve on land and in water, thanks to a wiry, functional coat that protects him from weather extremes and rough underbrush and a keen nose for tracking and pointing.
A facial beard gives him a distinctive expression, and a docked tail held horizontally quivers with excitement. Known as the Drahthaar in his homeland of Germany, the breed was developed to be an all-around hunting companion, useful for hunting all types of game in all conditions.
Because of his heritage as a hunting breed, the German Wirehair requires extensive exercise and he can make an excellent jogging companion. He loves to swim and retrieve, both good ways to provide the level of activity he needs to burn off all that energy. The German Wirehaired Pointer loves having a job to do and thrives on attention.
Affectionate and loyal to his family, the German Wirehaired Pointer is friendly toward people he knows but aloof with strangers. When raised in a family, he’s devoted to everyone but may have one person who’s a special favorite. More than just a hunting dog, he loves human companionship and makes an excellent house dog and family member as long as he receives plenty of physical and mental exercise.
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