The German Wirehaired Pointer is a loyal, intelligent, and active breed. Bred originally to be a well rounded hunting dog, these dogs require lots of regular exercise and play time. A German Wirehaired Pointer would make an excellent pet for an active family or for someone looking for a companion animal, especially if you’re a runner!
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Top 10 Facts:
1. Though these dogs are serious about hunting, they’re not serious about much else! In fact they’re so silly that they were once used as circus dogs in the Ringling Brothers!
2. The German Wirehaired Pointer was bred by combining a combination of Griffon, Pudlepointer, German Shorthaired, and the Stichelhaar.
3. They are a relatively new dog breed and were only developed in the late 19th century.
4. Almost all the physical traits of this breed aid him in hunting. His weather resistant double coat, super strong jaws, and powerful back legs all contribute to making him one of the best all-terrain hunting dogs around.
5. Because of their scruffy faces, the German Wirehaired Pointer has often been called the “Ugly Dog.”
6. This breed’s coat is very prone to shedding, but this can be helped by brushing your dog regularly.
7. The German Wirehaired Pointer comes in a nice variety of colors, including solid liver, black and white speckled, and liver and white speckled. They can come in black but this color is not deemed acceptable by the breed standards.
8. These dogs would do best in a home with a large yard since they require at least an hour of off-leash running per day.
9. Though they are easy to train, they will sometimes challenge an owner especially if their mind is somewhere else. They are extremely eager to please though and are overall very determined dogs.
10. The German Wirehaired Pointer often experience health problems such as type two Von Willebrands Disease, hip dysplasia, and heart disease.