German Wirehaired PointerCare

A weekly brushing and occasional hand-stripping required; a seasonal shedder.

When the Germans wanted a dog that could do it all, they created the German Wirehaired Pointer, a versatile, multi-purpose hunting dog. Strong and medium-sized, with a typical Pointer personality, the breed's most distinctive feature is its functional wiry coat. Weather resistant and water-repellant, the outer coat is straight, harsh, wiry and flat lying, which helps to protect the dog against rough cover while hunting. The coat must be liver and white in color.

nutrition &FEEDING

Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds.

The German Wirehaired Pointer is a large breed and has a lifespan of 14 to 16 years. What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.

coat &GROOMING

They need weekly brushing and the occasional bath to keep them clean and looking their best. Grooming can be a wonderful bonding experience for you and your pet. Their strong fast-growing nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.

coat length Short
grooming Occasional Grooming

energy &EXERCISE

This noble gundog, with his sporty weatherproof coat and can-do attitude, is a deeply devoted, sometimes clownish family companion. Like other energetic breeds, though, GWPs are challenging. “The need for running in the great outdoors is a must!” says one veteran owner. “This breed will not be happy to be on the couch all day.” GWPs are bright and eager, but their independent, inquisitive nature might frustrate novice owner-trainers. Recommended for outdoorsy families looking for a loving companion who enjoys sports and togetherness.

energy level Lots of Exercise

German Wirehaired Pointer &HEALTH

But like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip dysplasia, thyroid, elbow dysplasia, cardiac disease and Von Willebrand’s Disease. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of German Wirehaired Pointers are healthy dogs.

Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a German Wirehaired Pointer can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize these genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.