German Wirehaired Pointer
Say something idiotic and nobody but a dog politely wags his tail. – Virginia Graham
The German Wirehaired Pointer (GWP) was created in Germany in the late 1800s. The German Wirehaired Pointer was crossed with other breeds to increase his coat’s weather resistance and to promote a more aggressive temperament.
The GWP is generally believed to have Foxhounds, Poodles, and Airedale Terriers in his family tree. He was bred to hunt birds and small animals and is a versatile gun dog capable of working in the most rugged conditions.
The German Wirehaired Pointer stands up to 26 inches (66 cm) tall. He has a weather-resistant, wiry, double coat that comes in liver and white or solid liver. His bushy eyebrows, mustache, and beard are said to be an inheritance from his Airedale ancestors.
Photos displayed courtesy of Gilbert Tremblay and Renee Fortier, Bourg-Royal Kennel, Quebec
An affectionate, even-tempered, loyal dog who thrives on human companionship, the German Wirehaired Pointer makes a great family pet, particularly if he’s used him as a hunting companion. An extremely active and responsive dog, the GWP is happiest when he’s working out in the fields with his people. A trifle aloof with strangers, he is also an effective watch and guard dog.
The GWP is an energetic hunter with a high degree of stamina and a great nose. As a high energy animal, he needs a great deal of exercise. He does best in a rural environment where there is plenty of room to run! A fenced yard is essential.
The best owner for a GWP is an active hunter and a strong leader with the time and energy to train and keep up with this dog. Obedience training and socialization should begin early.