The German Wirehaired Pointer has a reputation for being very tough and hardy, but it is also a perfect family pet. Since this dog is so eager to please its owner and quick to learn, training the German Wirehaired Pointer to be obedient will be a relatively simple task. The nature of this dog is such that it is inclined to be loyal to its owner and it is willing to do a lot to keep the entire household happy.
Although the German Wirehaired Pointer does make a great family pet, if you have small children, you may want to reconsider getting this dog. Being somewhat rough around the edges, it does not feel very comfortable when it is around small children. However, if you have pets at home, it will probably be more considerate towards the pets. But the German Wirehaired Pointer does amazingly well with older children who have been properly educated on how to handle a dog.
Despite its rugged nature, the German Wirehaired Pointer craves nothing more than human companionship. It loves being in the company of its owner and wants to be a part of the family as much as possible. This loyal creature can also be very protective of its owner. The German Wirehaired Pointer takes a long time to get used to strangers but this makes it a great guard dog. If you want your German Wirehaired Pointer to be comfortable around strangers, you should make every effort to socialize your pet right away.
The German Wirehaired Pointer makes a wonderful family pet, but there is one factor that often makes family life difficult for this breed, and that is, lack of activity. Often in a big family, everyone is busy with work, school and other activities, which typically translates to little or no time at home. Without vigorous daily exercise, your German Wirehaired Pointer will become restless, which will give way to destructive behavior. The entire family must be dedicated to ensure that your pet gets adequate exercise daily, so that it can release its energy in worthwhile activities instead of destroying things.
If your family already has other pets, you'll want to take extra care to properly socialize your German Wirehaired Pointer because it can be aggressive towards other pets and feel jealous. A forceful master who commands this breed with confidence won't have a problem getting it to live peacefully with other pets. But just like people, this dog is often struck by the green-eyed monster, so make sure that you give it equal attention to lessen instances of aggression. You have to be confident and show your German Wirehaired Pointer who's bossŁto keep this naturally obedient dog in check and make it a wonderful, loving member of the family.