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Breeds

Breed Name: German Wirehaired Pointer


History

The German Wiredhaired Pointer is a result of crossing the Deutsch Drahthaar breed with the German Shorthair Pointer, Griffon and Pudelpointer bloodlines. This breed is an excellent working breed, wonderful companion and known for their great abilities to hunt, track, retrieve, point and be a gun dog. This breed has been around since the early 50's and is extremely popular in the USA today.

Appearance

The German Wiredhaired Pointer is a large breed dog with males and females measuring 22-26 inches in height and weighing 60-70 pounds in weight. This breed has a broad shaped wedge head, forming into a rectangular muzzle. The space between their ears is large, as their ears are also large in size and hang folded gently alongside of their face. Their two eyes are almond in shape, generally a yellow\amber to hazel in color. This breed has hair around their eyes, generally appearing as eye brows as well as longer hair on the face. The GWP is built tall, lean, and active in appearance. Their tail is docked generally to about two inches in length and held upwards. When not docked, they carry a medium length tail that tapers down to a point and is held down and out. Their medium length coat is wiry to the touch, water resistant and available in liver with with, liver with ticking, roan, spotted or solid liver.

Temperament

The German Wirehaired Pointer is absolutely a working breed. This breed requires a daily task and job to do. The GWP is a very smart, loyal, active companion who is loving and affectionate. This breed needs to be socialized early on, as we also recommend early obedience classes. This breed requires a firm and confident owner who is able to remain pack leader at all times, as well as set rules and boundaries within the home. Due to the intelligence of this breed, the GWP will quickly try to take over if they feel their owner isn't showing leadership skills. This breed can track very well and will pick up on all scents while outdoors. This breed doesn't do well with non-canine pets and can be pushy with other dogs. This breed must be within a home that is active and enjoys being outdoors.

Grooming

This breed does shed. Daily brushing and bathing when needed.

Special Notes

Please fully educate yourself about the German Wirehaired Pointer prior to adding one to your home to ensure you are able to make a life long physical and financial commitment. This breed requires a properly fenced in yard or properly fitting harness and leash while outdoors at all times, due to their natural instinct to pick up scents and follow them. This breed can develop skin cancer, eye issues and ear infections. All dogs originate from wolves (Canis Lupus). Each breed of dog was originally created by mixing different breeds together in an effort to bring forth certain characteristics. Once a breeder has created acceptable “breed characteristics” within their bloodline and these “breed characteristics” have shown to be reliably reproduced in the offspring for three (3) generations, the bloodline may be upgraded from the category of “foundation stock” to “pure-bred”. The same “pure-bred” breed standards vary from different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders. Dog DNA testing companies can have accurate results for a specific bloodline of a small colony of dogs. However, there are tens of thousands of different bloodlines in the world which have not yet been tested for marker baseline results by Dog DNA testing companies as of 2017. For this reason Dog DNA testing companies do not guarantee the 100% accuracy of their breed lineage results and will also show different marker results for the same pure-bred breed in different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders.

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