German Pointers: Shorthaired and
Wirehaired - Purebred Dogs and Puppies

German Pointers (2 types) are members of the Sporting group. The German Short haired Pointer is a hardy dog who makes a great companion in the field or the home.

Their characteristic coat color is liver with small white markings and their coat is short, easy to maintain, and requires only regular brushings. These dogs were first developed in Germany in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Because of his background the German Pointers have greater scenting abilities than the Pointer, enjoys the water more, has greater overall stamina and is overall a much more versatile hunting dog.

The German Short hair is a friendly, intelligent, gentle, obedient dog breed who makes a wonderful household pet, a great watchdog, and an excellent gun dog.

German Shorthaired Pointer

German Shorthaired Pointer

This dog breed is very active and oftentimes very distractable as well, due to their superior scenting ability. They can also be stubborn and somewhat shy of strangers.

They are also very willing to please, a versatile hunter and an all-purpose gun dog capable of high performance in both field and water. Keep in mind that this dog was developed to do a specific job - to hunt and any owner who does not give this dog regular exercise and tasks such as hunting or tracking might soon be living with a dog that is neurotic, tremendously vocal, destructive and hyperactive.

Early obedience training is key. Patience and firm leadership are essential. The German Short haired Pointer is not a dog breed that will be happy to sit around the house all day by itself.

Males are typically 21-25 inches tall and around 40-55 pounds. Females are smaller. Short haired Pointers are good with children and other pets under proper supervision while they are young and appropriately socialized.

Best home: A house with a fenced yard is mandatory for owners of this dog. Also, the German Short haired Pointers high level of intense activity can be very stressful to easygoing people. Without a job to do, they will probably drive you up the wall. They are great jogging partners.

Country of origin: Germany
Lifespan: 12-16 years
Colors: Liver and white spotted, liver roan, solid liver, liver and white spotted with ticking and roaning
Known health problems: Hip dysplasia, entropion, epilepsy

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German Wirehaired pointer

German Wirehaired Pointer

A member of the Sporting group, the German Wire haired Pointer is a well-muscled, medium-sized dog of distinctive and handsome appearance. Typically males are around 22-26 inches tall and around 60-70 pounds. Female German Pointers smaller.

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Balanced in size and sturdily built, the breed's most distinguishing characteristics are its liver-and- white, medium-maintenance, weather resistant, wire-like coat and its facial furnishings.

Typically Pointer in character and style, the German Wire haired Pointer is an intelligent, energetic, and determined hunter. German Wire haired Pointers are highly trainable and work best with positive training techniques. These German Pointers need a lot of exercise, but they will adapt to a small yard with long walks, plenty of exercise and weekly brushings.

They would be best suited to an active family willing to commit to the high exercise requirements needed for this breed. These are high-energy dogs and they need lots of exercise. Keep in mind, these dogs can become destructive if they become bored, aren't exercised enough or are left alone for long periods of time.

Best home: The German Wire haired Pointer absolutely needs a house with a securely fenced yard. Any owner who jogs regularly might find this dog breed to be an excellent jogging partner. The owner should also have strong leadership skills and plenty of time to provide the dog with both obedience training as well as plenty of socialization. Couch potatoes should not consider the German Wire haired Pointer as a pet choice.

Country of origin: Germany
Lifespan: 10-12 years
Colors: Liver and white spotted, liver roan, solid liver, liver and white spotted with ticking and roaning
Known health problems: Hip dysplasia, thyroid problems, some hormone problems

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