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German Wirehaired Pointer

Breed origin: Germany
Original purpose: A constitutionally tough, courageous breed who pointed and retrieved equally well on land and in water.

AKC recognized: 1959
AKC group: Sporting

Size: Height: males 24 to 26 inches; females 22 to 24 inches
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Color: Liver and white, usually either liver and white spotted, liver roan, liver and white spotted with ticking and roaning or solid liver.

Life span: 10 to 15 years.

General characteristics/temperament: The German Wirehaired Pointer is intelligent, affectionate, even-tempered, loyal, and eager to please. They are versatile and determined hunters, capable of both agility and endurance in the field. They are sometimes aloof toward strangers but affectionate with their family. They are generally a high-energy breed and must be given a job to be happy. This is not a breed to be left in a kennel. They thrive when make part of the family and can spend lots of time with their people.

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Good with children? Yes

Good with cats? No

Good watchdog? Yes

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Energy/Activity Level: High

Good jogging partner? Yes

Suitable canine sports/activities: conformation, hunting, field, obedience, agility, tracking

Grooming requirement: The distinctive, weather-resistant coat sheds only lightly year-round. A correct coat is harsh, lies flat close to the skin, and needs only minimal grooming. However, occasionally a purebred German Wirehaired Pointer might have a long, soft, silky or wooly coat that requires considerably more care. Puppies with incorrect coats are typically sold to hunting or pet homes, as they are disqualified in the show ring.

Known health problems: Hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, hypothyroidism, von Willebrand's disease, ear infections, cancer.

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Recommended books for further reading:

German Wirehaired Pointer (A Comprehensive Owner's Guide)
By Ute Wand
Published in 2005
155 pages

German Wirehaired Pointers Today
By Sharon Pinkerton
Published in 2002
160 pages

German Wirehaired Pointers
By Newton L. Compere
Published in 1990
192 pages

Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
German Wirehaired Pointer Club of America
Wikipedia breed information page
German Wirehaired Pointer Club of America Rescue

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