German Wirehaired Pointer

Breed History

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German Wirehaired Pointer, or GWP, is a medium size Gun Dog that would prove to be multi-talented in the retrieving field or in the water. Intelligent dog that independent with high energy and a loving companion.

19th century breed that was a result of multiple dogs crossbreeding to create the ideal Pointer. Those dogs were German Shorthaired Pointer, German Roughhaired Pointer Griffon and the Pudelpointer.

German language their name is Duetsch-Drathaar which translate directly into German Wirehaired Pointer in English. They come from Germany, their coat is wirehaired, and they are Pointers naturally.

During the 1800’s there was an influx of dogs that could hunt in all varieties into their native land. Some were great hunters on land while others were superior in the water, but they would want a dog that could do it all.

Terrain in Germany consists of a wide range of areas like mountains, forests, farms, large and small cities. Many dogs were specialist at the time, and they became a jack of all trades.

Because of their coat, which was important from the start, they began to separate breeds due to different characteristics. Before every dog that was a Pointer were get the name Pointer.

They still are great hunters and remain popular due to the type of assistance they can offer humans when hunting game. Very successful when competing against other dogs in competitions.


In 1959, they would receive recognition as their own breed. One of the first dogs to get recognition by the American Kennel Club was a Pointer. After many decades many similar type of dogs would stand alone.

Top 60 in popularity we would expect them to remain popular for many years to come. Older breeds who have decades will not be the most popular at this point, but they can remain competitive.

Sporting Dog, or Gun Dog, by every major kennel club they all put them in the same category. Here are the major kennel clubs and their breed standard for the German Wirehaired Pointer.


Male Height: 24-26 inches

Female Height: 22-24 inches

Male Weight: 60-70 pounds

Female Weight: 50-60 pounds

Litter Size

8 puppies are the average litter size for a German Wirehaired Pointer. Breeders should be aware of how many puppies to expect. Waiting for eight weeks before selling is ideal. GWP can deliver natural without human assistance unless there is an emergency.


  • Black and white
  • Liver
  • Liver and white
  • Markings – roan, ticked, spotted, roan and ticked
  • All black coats are unfavorable.


$800-$1,500 is the average price you can expect to pay for a German Wirehaired Pointer. GWP prices can vary depending on location, currency, supply, demand, and other factors.

 Dogs with registration will have the bloodline from many generations starting in Germany and ending up where your kennel club is from. Breed standards and the best breeding practices are seen at a high level with these clubs.

Without papers you can should suspect there was a reason the parents were unable to receive papers. Most likely from crossbreeding with a different breed of dog. Expect to pay much less around a few hundred for a dog without papers.


Take the dog on a long run or walk before you start the grooming session. Calming the dog down by providing the proper outlet will ensure the dog is calmer when you groom them. Use a leash in cases where the dog is most likely to resist the process.

  1. Brushing
  2. Combing
  3. Bathing
  4. Ears
  5. Nails
  6. Professional Help

Brushing the dog on a regular basis is a requirement. Once a week at a minimum will help the coat look in top condition especially during the shedding seasons of the year.

Combing should happen at least once per week as well. Getting the right comb and brush that can start from the skin will be the best practice you can use.

Bathe the dog after a long hot run or walk will make them like the process better than ever before. Also the water hose can provide water after that exercise session creating a friendlier environment.

Ears should be clean at least once per week to avoid infection because of the ear type and moisture build up.

Trimming the nails should happen when exercising, which we recommend. If you don’t exercise, which we don’t recommend, cut the nails with clippers or get a professional to do it.

Professional help is a recommendation for this breed.

Life Span

13-15 years is the average lifespan for a German Wirehaired Pointer. That’s a long time for any dog to live and well above the average lifespan for all breeds.

Owners should be aware of the time commitment they are making when choosing this breed and plan to own them until they pass away.

They make excellent dogs to adopt at an adult age due to how long they live after turning one years old. You can easily adopt at 2 years of age and own them for another 13 years.

Health Issues

Ears – if you don’t clean a German Wirehaired Pointer’s ear there will be an infection coming up shortly. Whenever you clean it use a huge wipe and avoid anything that will stick in the ear. Head shaking, foul odor, and scratching of the ear will show you there is an infection in the ear.

Hip Dysplasia – parents of the puppy you buy should have a hip certification because these conditions are given to the puppies from the parents. Improper hip placement of the bones will result in the dog feeling discomfort when exercising. Get an x-ray from a professional to determine the condition.

Elbow Dysplasia – growth outside of the elbow will be the first visible signs of elbow dysplasia. Stiffness and the inability to exercise freely will all affect the dog and owner as they grow older.

Bloat – is one of the biggest killers of dogs at this current time and can affect any breed. Once the dog has the problem the stomach expands beyond its normal capabilities and start to put immense pressure on the arties and veins causing sudden death in a lot of cases without warning signs.

Breed Group

Proud member of the Sporting, or Gun Dog, Group. These dogs consists of Spaniels, Setters, Pointers, and Retrievers and they all have one thing in common.

Hunting and retrieving with humans in a way so beneficial there is still no replacement for them on the trial. Grabbing animals from land or water is what they specialize with.

They can bring back animals without causing additional damage. Here are some of the dogs in the Sporting, or Gun Dog, Group.

Exercise Needs

German Wirehaired Pointer needs a lot of exercise and a good owner will give them exercise every day without excuses. There are many negative affects to not exercising your dog and yourself as well.

Looking at the benefits that exercise will give your dog both mentally and physically. Downside of not getting around to it ever will result in a lot of unfavorable behavior you should to avoid.

Bad behavior and exercise have a direct connection and after years of experimenting lack of exercise is the number one cause of bad behavior.

When I found that out, I would give more exercise for bad behavior and less exercise for good behavior. If your dog is behaving bad at this time you should start with this program and adjust as you need to

Morning: Hour (run, walk, or treadmill)

Evening: 30 min (run, walk, or treadmill)

Once you start to put this program in place it will take a while to adjust to it, but you will be happy with the results. When the dog is being good give them a day off or two but when they act up get right back to the program.

Younger dogs will need more runs and two session days then at any other point in their life. Depending on your style this is when the dog is the most fun during training.

Adult dogs are going to show a decline in energy levels. They will still need at least one session per day and at times two will be of use depending on their behavior.

Senior dogs will need the least amount of exercise. Intensity will be lower than any other point and walks will be the only thing an older dog will need.


  1. Exercise program
  2. Commands
  3. Socialization
  4. Corrections

No foundation is more solid than an exercise program for your dog. Take the time to figure out a way to get them one to two hours per day and you will have the best dog you could have ever imagined. Homeless man is the best example of this. They don’t use a leash, dog is social, they listen, with no aggression towards humans or dogs. No treats, begging or anything from the homeless man or women. Just a great example of exercise being the key ingredient to fulfilling your dog. Expect to spend a lot of time exercising.

Commands are a smaller part of training because they aren’t time consuming. Use a lot of repetition and the dog should learn most basic commands in a few days at the most. Smart dogs like the German Wirehaired Pointer will learn commands the same day and keep performing them forever.

Socializing should be done after a long exercise session. Vet visits, dog park, friends coming over, or other dog dates take them on a long run or walk before the event takes place. Your dog will be on their best behavior every where they go. Can you imagine their old age behavior if you keep this up?

Correct the dog verbally, on or leash with a few things in mind. You want to prevent the entire action from happening, make them sit or lay after, and use the least amount of force as possible. Using force is for rookies and the pros only use what they need which is very little. Physical corrections will happen on a very rare occasion once the dog is fully trained and verbal correction will become rare after a while as well.

Are German Wirehaired Pointer Dangerous?

No, there is no dog that is born aggressive. People who don’t give the dog an outlet can get a dog that will become frustrated and will take their frustration out on humans or other animals. Don’t be this owner! Take the dog out for walks daily and train them to be peaceful members of society.

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