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German Wirehaired Pointer (Muzzle, Face)
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Breed Information


2022: #59

2021: #59

2020: #60

2019: #63

2018: #63

2017: #62

2016: #64

2015: #68

Name German Wirehaired Pointer
Other names Deutscher Drahthaariger, Vorstehund, German Pointer (Wirehaired), Drahthaar
Origin Germany
Breed Group

Sporting (AKC:1959)

Gun Dog (UKC)

Size Large
Type Purebred
Life span 12-14 years









Male: 24-26 inches (60-67 cm)

Female: 22-24 inches (56-62 cm)

Weight 60-70 pounds (27-32 kg)


Liver & White

Litter Size 6-10 puppies
Puppy Prices

Average $800 - $1200 USD

A German Wirehaired Pointer puppy is likely to cost between $800-$1,200 with the average price being $900. Their price depends upon the pup’s age, sex, quality, pedigree, and breeder’s location.

Breed Characteristics


5 stars

Apartment Friendly

1 stars

The German Wirehaired Pointer is not recommended for apartment life. It can be somewhat high strung and very active indoors; needs plenty of exercise to prevent extreme indoor restlessness. It will do best with at least a large yard.

Barking Tendencies

3 stars


Cat Friendly

1 stars

They may or may not get along with cats and other small pets. Puppies that are raised with cats often accept them as part of the family, but older GWPs who aren’t familiar with them may simply view them as another type of prey. Keep them separated if you have any doubts at all. Most do best in a home without cats or other preylike pets such as rabbits or hamsters, and you would do well to warn neighbors with free-roaming cats that their pets may be at risk.

Child Friendly

3 stars

Not Good with Kids: In isolation, this dog breed might not be the best option for kids. However, to mitigate the risks, have the puppy grow up with kids and provide it with plenty of pleasant and relaxed experiences with them. This breed is also friendly toward other pets and shy toward strangers.

Dog Friendly

5 stars

Exercise Needs

5 stars

It is a tireless breed requiring at least an hour a day of serious exercise. It enjoys long walks, swimming, and retrieving. The German Wirehaired Pointer is most suited to outdoor activities and fits best with a sporty family.


3 stars

Moderate Maintenance: The German Wirehaired Pointer should be brushed weekly and bathed only when necessary. Ears should be checked periodically for infection. Stripping may be required occasionally for show dogs.

Health Issues

2 stars

Hypoallergenic: No


4 stars

Ranking: #44 Full Ranking List


4 stars

Shedding Level

3 stars

Moderate Shedding: Expect this dog to shed regularly. Be prepared to vacuum often. Brushing will reduce shedding as well as make the coat softer and cleaner.

Stranger Friendly

4 stars


4 stars

Easy Training: The German Wirehaired Pointer has a good reputation for training as it strongly desires to please its master. A consistent training approach is required as it can sometimes be willful.

Watchdog Ability

5 stars

Great Watchdog Ability: This dog will bark and alert its owners when an intruder is present. It exhibits very protective behavior, acts fearless toward any aggressor, and will do what it takes to guard and protect its family.

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German Wirehaired Pointer Names

Rank Boy Names Girl Names
01 Max Molly
02 Duke Roxy
03 Bear Coco
04 Brody Ella
05 Oliver Sasha
06 Jake Lulu
07 Gus Belle
08 Sam Luna
09 Oscar Nala
10 Gizmo Callie
100 Cute Puppy Names ›


The German Wirehaired Pointer is a sturdily built hunter, the German wirehaired pointer should be able to hunt all day through all types of cover. It is slightly longer than it is tall, enabling the gait to be free and smooth. The weather-resistant, straight wiry coat is an essential breed characteristic. The outer coat is about 1 to 2 inches long, long enough to protect against brambles but not so long that the outline of the dog is obscured. The eyebrows, beard and whiskers are of medium length. The undercoat is thick in winter for warmth but thin in summer.

The German Wirehaired Pointer is both a rugged bird dog and amiable companion. It has the energy to hunt for hours, so it must be given a daily outlet lest it becomes destructive. It is a responsive breed, although it tends to be stubborn. It retains a guarding instinct, so it is often aloof, even protective, toward strangers as well as strange dogs. It is generally good, if sometimes overly boisterous, with children. It is ideal for the outdoor-oriented person wanting a tireless, weather-proof, intelligent partner.


The translation of "Deutsch Drahthaar" is “German Wirehair.” The foundation stock for the breed is the Pointer (probably black), the Griffon, Stichelhaar and Pudelpointer. He was developed as a dual-purpose hunter. He is expected to point his game on land, retrieve from water or retrieve a rabbit if shot. The German Wirehaired Pointer has been a recognized breed in its native country since 1870. The breed was introduced to America about 1920. They were recognized by the AKC in 1959. The German Wirehaired Pointer’s talents are show dog, obedience, gundog, retrieving, tracking trials, field trials and hunting tests.

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