German Wirehaired Pointer

Sporting Group

German Wirehaired Pointer lying down in front of white background

Height at Shoulders

Females 22-25 in, Males 24-27 in

Weight

50-70 lbs

Life Expectancy

14-16 yrs

History

The German Wirehaired Pointer originated in Germany in the late 1800's during which time wirehaired pointing dogs were all the rage. They were bred to be extremely versatile as hunters wanted a dog that could work with one person or a group of people, hunt both birds and mammals, retrieve game birds from frigid water, be able to track wounded game, work in all weather conditions and terrains, and function as both a watchdog and a companion dog. This was a tall order to fill, but the German Wirehaired Pointer was able to fill it.

Breed Characteristics

While not all German Wirehaired Pointers will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★★

★★★★★

★★☆☆☆

★★★☆☆

★★★★★

 

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★☆

★★★☆☆

★★★★☆

★☆☆☆

Intelligence

★★★★★


Affection Towards Family

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★☆☆☆


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★★☆☆


Exercise Needs

★★★★★


Energy Level


Sensitivity

★★★★☆


Noise Level

★☆


Prey Drive

★☆


Shedding

☆☆

Common Traits

Very affectionate and like to be the center of attention

Known to wander and be possessive of toys and people

Eager to please but also can be a bit independent

Can be very destructive if bored or left alone for long

Favorite activities include swimming, retrieving, and performing a job