AKC PuppyFinder: German Wirehaired Pointer Puppies

Breed Traits
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  • Personality: Affectionate, eager, enthusiastic; aloof but not unfriendly with strangers
  • Energy Level: Very Active; GWPs are versatile, upbeat athletes who thrive on outdoor sports
  • Good with Children: Better with Supervision
  • Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Occasional
  • Trainability: Eager To Please
  • Height: 24-26 inches (male), minimum 22 inches (female)
  • Weight: 50-70 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 14-16 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
Breed Description
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When the Germans set out to breed the perfect hunting and retrieving dog, the result was the German Wirehaired Pointer. With agility, stamina and a rough coat that resists brambles, this is a dog for the active, outdoorsy family. Eager, with an independent streak, your German Wirehaired Pointer puppy, with his intelligence and a touch of the comedian, will thrive on having jobs to do and close contact with his people. He's not the couch potato type and may find ways to amuse himself (or get into mischief) without lots of exercise and human contact. Make a place in your active family life for him and you'll have a playful, devoted and enthusiastic companion.

History & Job
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Origin: Germany

Year Recognized: 1959

Breed History & Job Description: British sportsmen bred specialized hunting dogs for various types of birds and different kinds of terrain, to work on either land or lake, and with disparate hunting techniques—hence the profusion of British setters, spaniels, and retrievers. The hunters of Continental Europe took a different approach: They created bird dogs capable of doing it all. Italy’s Spinone, Hungary’s Vizsla, and Germany’s GWP are examples of these famously versatile gundogs, sometimes called the “European utility breeds.” GWPs were first imported to North America in the 1920s.

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German Wirehaired Pointers are generally a healthy breed. Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip dysplasia, thyroid, elbow dysplasia, cardiac disease and Von Willebrand’s Disease. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of German Wirehaired Pointers are healthy dogs.

Read the Official Breed Club Health Statement.


Recommended Health Tests from the National Breed Club:

  • Hip Evaluation
  • Elbow Evaluation
  • Thyroid Evaluation
  • Ophthalmologist Evaluation
  • Cardiac Exam
Breed Club
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  • Breed Club: German Wirehaired Pointer Club of America, Inc.
  • Breed Club Link: http://www.gwpca.com/
  • Breed Standard: View
  • Group: Sporting
  • 2016 Popularity: 64
  • Breed Referral Contact: Bernee Brawn -
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  • Breed Club Rescue: National German Wirehaired Pointer Rescue
  • Breed Club Rescue Email: suzanneoslander@yahoo.com (Suzanne Oslander)
  • Breed Club Rescue Phone: 860-921-7827
  • Breed Club Rescue Link: http://www.nationalgwprescue.com/
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