A history of more than 100 years, the German Wirehaired Pointer originated in Germany to accompany a single person or a group of people for hunting. The idea behind its appearance, specially the coat, was the ability to withstand cold weather and lunges into water, yet be easy to maintain. The German Wirehaired Pointer is believed to be a mix of breeds such as German Pointer, Wirehaired Griffon, Poodle-Pointer mixes, Foxhound and Bloodhound; and was primarily bred for purposes like locating and retrieving game, fearless hunting, reliable companionship, and watch dogging.
A medium-sized, muscular dog, the German Wirehaired Pointer is sturdily built; has a wire-like, weather resistant coat that is liver or white or marked; protective fur on its head; long muzzle; dark eyes; scissor bite teeth; pendent ears; and moderately docked tail.
The colors of the German Wirehaired Pointer are liver and white, black and white, and solid liver.
Extremely loving, highly intelligent and very active, the German Wirehaired Pointer need great amount of attention from their owner. A friendly dog that is absolutely fine with those it interacts regularly with, it gets a bit aloof with strangers. Spending time with its family and ample opportunities to exercise are most important for it to be a well-behaved dog. Good with considerate children, the breed can be a bit too boisterous for small children. It is a good watchdog.
Skin cancer, hip dysplasia, ear infections, and eye diseases are some of the health concerns associated with the German Wirehaired Pointer.
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