German Wirehaired Pointer

The German Wirehaired Pointer is instantly distinguishable from the other two types of German Pointers in the gundog group with its coarse wiry coat and distinctive facial furnishings including a beard, eyebrows and moustache.

German Wirehaired Pointer Breed Group


Size of German Wirehaired Pointer

Large. A graceful, powerful, stocky and athletic dog.

Colour Varieties of the German Wirehaired Pointer

The German Wirehaired Pointer is available in a small variety of colours and markings including:

  • Liver and white
  • Black and white
  • Solid liver
  • Solid black

A shorthaired and longhaired variety of the German Pointer are also available.

Country of origin


Time of original development

The German Wirehaired Pointer can be traced back in Germany to the 19th century but is a fairly recent arrival in the U.K. The breed remains extremely popular in Germany today, and German Wirehaired Pointers are also enjoying a well-deserved boost in popularity in the UK  too, with 355 puppies registered with the kennel Club in 2015.

The German Wirehaired Pointer’s uses through History

A competent and intelligent working dog used for hunting, pointing and retrieving especially renowned for working on foot on rough shoots. Today it is kept mostly as a companion dog, although with its impressive stamina and energy levels enjoys working and is happiest when kept occupied.

German Wirehaired Pointer introduction and overview

The German Wirehaired Pointer is a large athletic dog with an almost quizical expression with its distinctive beard moustache and eyebrows. It also has an bulbous looking nose, similar to the Italian Spinone, and quite often these breeds are confused.

It appears stockier in stature than its cousins, the German Shorthaired Pointer and German Longhaired Pointer. The breed normally has a docked tail. The coat is coarse and bristly to the touch, reaching a length of around 4 centimetres. It has a soft undercoat that is thinner in the hotter months than in the winter. The harsh coat provides the breed with excellent protection against injuries from the thorns and brambles it would otherwise have endured working out on rough shoots. The coarse coat was also short enough not to hinder its efforts in poor weather.

The German Wirehaired Pointer is a keen swimmer, and with webbed feet very proficient and confident in the water.
The muzzle hair may make meal times and drinking a little messy around the home, and the muzzle should be checked on a regular basis for particles of old food that can easily build up.

Size and weight of the German Wirehaired Pointer

Height bitch 56-62cms

Height dog 60-67cms

Weight (kilos) bitch 20-29kgs

Weight (kilos) dog 25-34kgs

Exercise requirements of the German Wirehaired Pointer

High. This breed of dog requires a high level of exercise, and any prospective owner should be able to offer at least 2 hours of walking every day, ideally off the lead. The breed is not suited to urban living unless there is access to plenty of open green spaces. The German Wirehaired Pointer is better suited to an active lifestyle. This breed is easily bored, which can result in destructive and unwanted behaviour such as separation anxiety.

German Wirehaired Pointer temperament, socialisation with children, other dogs and other pets

The German Wirehaired Pointer  is generally a happy, friendly and affable family dog, and rarely aggressive. It does form a close bond with his master and is extremely loyal. It does need careful, dedicated training and socialisation from an early age to prevent running off or roaming due to its inherent inquisitive and strong nose.

Is the German Wirehaired Pointer a good dog for a first time dog owner?

Yes. The breed is easy to train and a quick learner, but any prospective owner must be realistic about the necessary time commitment necessary to bring out the best in this athletic breed.

German Wirehaired Pointer coat length

Medium. The German Wirehaired Pointer has a bristly medium length coat (approx 4cms) with distinctive facial hair on the muzzle.

Grooming requirements of the German Wirehaired Pointer

Low. One of the good aspects of owning this breed is that the short no-fuss coat requires very little grooming. It is a breed that can be walked in all weathers. Your dog will need just a quick towelling down to remove mud and excess water. The Pointer rarely needs to be bathed, if at all, as the short, coarse coat tends to keep itself clean. The muzzle needs to be kept clean of food and foreign bodies.

Ears should be checked on a regular basis for foreign bodies such as thorns, brambles and ticks.


No. Despite having a harsh outer coat, this breed sheds throughout the year, especially during the summer months.

Health Issues in the German Wirehaired Pointer

The breed is generally healthy and has a lengthy expected lifespan for such a large breed, but all new owners should consult their breeder about the following known health issues:

  • Hip dysplasia - an inherited malformation of the hip joint.

As with all pedigree dogs, it is very important to obtain a puppy from a source where you can be guaranteed that it has been bred with a view to avoiding the inherent physical and psychological diseases of the breed.

Average lifespan of the German Wirehaired Pointer

10-14 years which is high for dog of this size.

Approximate German Wirehaired Pointer pedigree puppy price

Expect to pay around £550-750 for a puppy . There are usually between 6-10 puppies in an average litter, and although demand can be high, German Wirehaired Pointer  puppies are often available.

Insuring a German Wirehaired Pointer

The German Wirehaired Pointer is a large dog with quite a high cost value, so expect to pay a higher premium than an average sized dog. Remember that whatever your dog’s premium starts out at, dog insurance will always rise with your pet’sage after about four years old and any on-going illnesses or conditions that the animal develops will also affect your annual insurance premiums from then on.

Estimating how much a German Wirehaired Pointer would need to be fed each day

A bitch weighing 25kgs requires 330gms of complete dry food per day. A dog weighing 30kgs requires 365gms of complete dry food per day.

The weekly cost of feeding a 25kgs bitch is around £8.00

The weekly cost of feeding a 30kgs dog is around £9.00

Other necessary costs to consider when owning any dog

Don’t forget to budget for regular routine treatments that are not covered by pet insurance:

  • Worming treatments
  • Flea treatments
  • Annual vaccination boosters
  • Dental treatment