The German Wirehaired Pointer

The German Wirehaired Pointer (GWP) originates from Germany and was created at the beginning of the 20th century. At the time these dogs were used for large game hunting and later worked as a versatile breed being required to retrieve.  The GWP is an all-purpose retrieving pointer; its tough double coat allows it to hunt in the roughest underbrush and to withstand the iciest water.

Today’s Wirehaired Pointer is often used in working tests and this breed is highly active and needs to be exercised daily. They like to be raised in a family environment, as they love to please and should be educated for good control as they will become self hunters.

Wirehaired Pointers do not kennel well for long periods, as if left alone for any length of time they can become destructive from boredom.  It is important that they get training and structure in their life from the beginning.

The breed is very loyal and protective of their family but normally bond with one particular person more than the whole family. They tend to be slightly aloof with strangers but never timid or aggressive.

They are excellent dogs for people who love an outdoor active life, as the GWP will enjoy swimming, retrieving, obedience, and agility. They are not a beginner’s dog and suit people who have had large dogs before.

Children should be supervised with this breed, as with playing with any large breed.

They generally don’t get on with cats unless introduced as a puppy; the same applies for other domesticated pets such as rabbits, rats, mice.

Depending on environment, lifestyle and treatment, German Wirehair Pointers lifespan is around 14 years old and is generally low on health issues. This breed is a “devoted breed”, making it that little bit more difficult to re-home at a later age.

The German Wirehaired instincts to hunt are very strong as they are born to hunt.



Physical Details

  • Size
  • Coat
  • Colour
  • Coat Length
  • Shedding
  • Grooming
  • Tail
  • Ears
  • Overall Health
  • Weight Tendency
  • Need for Exercise
  • Litter average
  • Life Span


  • Affectionate
  • Energy
  • Sensitivity
  • Independent
  • Vigor
  • Barking Tendency
  • Biting Tendency
  • Good with Children
  • Good with Dogs
  • Good with Strangers
  • Cold Tolerance
  • Heat Tolerance
  • Trainable
  • Apartment Suitable
  • Good First Dog
  • Suitable Watchdog
  • Predatory
  • Wanderlust

Out of 5

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  • Moderate
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  • 6 puppies
  • 12-14 years





    Contact Details

    Leanne Hall
    Somerset Region, Gatton, QLD, Australia
    Phone : 0400421125
    Email : [email protected]