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Essential German Wirehaired Pointer Dog Breed Information

Jun 26, 2008
The German Wirehaired Pointer in not a good apartment dog. They need plenty of exercise and a large properly fenced in yard would be ideal. They can tend to bark so they will either need to be far out in the country or taught to be quieter at an early age. They can tend to be one person dogs. They are good watch dogs and also do well with children and other pets, especially if they are well socialized when young. As a reminder, never leave children unsupervised with any puppy or dog.

Approximate Adult Size

The approximate adult size (two years old or older) of the male German Wirehaired Pointer is 24 to 26 inches to the withers (highest point of the shoulder). The female ranges from 22 to 24 inches to the withers and both sexes range from 60 to 70 pounds, the males being heavier.

Special Health Considerations

Most dog breeds have certain inherited health problems associated with that specific breed and the German Wirehaired Pointer is no exception. Be on the look out for Canine Hip Dysplasia (genetic based looseness in the hip joint that can lead to arthritis pain and lameness), Entropion, (hereditary disorder where eyelid, usually lower one, rolls inward and irritates the cornea and can cause visual problems. Surgery can correct this condition but may disqualify the dog from shows), ear infections and possibly skin cancer. This disease list is an informative guideline only. Other diseases may also be significant threats, please contact your veterinarian for a complete list.

She should visit the veterinarian several times in the first year for shots, boosters and check up. Then, as an adult, she should visit the veterinarian yearly for shots and check up. As she gets older, six years and on, she should visit the veterinarian twice a year for check ups and shots. Remember; avoid feeding your dog sweets.

Grooming

The German Wirehaired Pointer has a double almost waterproof coat. The outer coat is wiry and the inner coat has good insulation properties but is thinner in warmer months. They are average shedders and should be brushed about twice a week. Brushing will help her maintain a clean and healthy coat, avoid mats and help you keep a closer eye on her health and strengthen your emotional bond with her. Additionally, she needs her dead outer hair plucked occasionally so a trip to a professional groomer every few months will help keep her looking good.

Her teeth should be brushed at least twice a week with toothpaste and toothbrush designed for dogs. Brushing removes the accumulation of plaque and tartar which can cause cavities (rarely) and periodontal disease. Dog periodontal disease can lead to pain, loss of teeth, bad breath and other serious disease.

Her toenails may need to be examined for growth and clipped regularly. The toenails of the rear feet grow slower than the toenails of the front feet. Generally a guillotine type trimmer is the best for this chore and competent instructions to accomplish this can be found on the net.

Life Span

The German Wirehaired Pointer can live between 10 and 12 years with proper nutrition, medical care and excellent living conditions.

History

The German Wirehaired Pointer originated in Germany and is thought to be a combination of Poodle, Foxhound, Terrier and the German Shorthaired Pointer. They were first registered by the American Kennel Association in 1959.
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For more information on the German Wirehaired Pointer or a complete list of dog breeds visit this Dog Behaviour website.
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