The German Wirehaired Pointer is a dog that was developed in Germany in the 1800s for the main purpose of hunting. Being a griffon type breed of dog, the German Wirehaired Pointer developed into a leading gun dog for Germany in the late 20th century. This is a dog that was developed through careful crosses between the German pointer and other breeds.
The exact lineage of the German Wirehaired Pointer is not known. However, its possible contributors are the Wirehaired Griffon, Poodle-Pointer mixes, Bloodhound, and Foxhound. And with a lineage of so many dogs, the resulting German Wirehaired Pointer proves to conform to the characteristics of a hunter dog.
The German Wirehaired Pointer is built sturdily, and is balanced in its size. It has a distinctive appearance with it being a well muscled and medium sized dog. However, the most important characteristic of the German Wirehaired Pointer is its water and weather resistant coat that is wire-like. The outer coat is wiry, harsh, flat lying, straight, and is usually one to two inches in length. In addition to this, it has a dense undercoat that helps provide the insulation from the cold which is practically invisible in summer.
If you look at the character and style of the German Wirehaired Pointer, it is typical of a Pointer. In addition to this, it is also an intelligent, determined, and energetic hunter. Being an affectionate and intelligent dog, the German Wirehaired Pointer is always eager to learn and be loyal to its family. And this is best achieved with training by a consistent handler.
The German Wirehaired Pointer is a dog that enjoys working for its owner and loves being occupied at all times. Though they are basically friendly with people they know well, they prove to be aloof when around strangers. This is the reason it is important that the German Wirehaired Pointer be socialized at an early age.
It is important that the German Wirehaired Pointer spends lots of time with its owner when a puppy. If this is not done, the puppy may turn into a "spooky" dog. It is not that advisable to leave the German Wirehaired Pointer in a kennel; though some breeders may suggest leaving the dog in a kennel open. German Wirehaired Pointers are basically willful, and enjoy roaming.
As the German Wirehaired Pointer is very powerful and energetic in nature, they tend to get bored easily. And without any exercise of any form, the German Wirehaired Pointer can get to be rather hard to manage.
Basically it can be said that the German Wirehaired Pointer is an all-around gun dog that is quite capable in hunting any sort of game, on any sort of terrain, in any weather. It is mainly its strong nose that makes it possible for the German Wirehaired Pointer to track, point, and retrieve on land and water.