Deutsch Drahthaar

German Wirehaired Pointer

The German Wirehaired Pointer is a versatile, well-balanced, self-controlled dog that is affectionate, friendly, gentle and an ideal family companion. The Drahthaar really has all the skills for all sorts of terrains, climates and game. The combination of these characteristics and aptitudes make him an excellent companion and a popular dog in Germany and many other countries.

Height 57 to 68 cm
Weight 25 to 35 kg
Life expectancy 12 to 14 years
Home country Germany

Quick Overview of the Deutsch Drahthaar


  • Balanced and calm
  • Confident and firm
  • Neither aggressive nor shy
  • Lively and affectionate


  • Very distinguished look
  • Energetic silhouette
  • Wiry coat
  • Well pigmented nose


  • Robust and solid
  • Rarely ill
  • No particular pathology
  • Good life expectancy

Temperament of the Deutsch Drahthaar

The German Wirehaired Pointer is balanced, calm, confident, strong and fearless, neither aggressive nor shy. Lively and versatile on the hunt, he is affectionate and friendly with his family. He is compatible with all, even children. He is sociable but rather jealous of other dogs.

Hound and pointing dog, this versatile dog is effective on the most difficult terrain. All climates and types of game are accessible to him. This very energetic hunting dog is a calm and balanced companion dog in all family situations.

Despite his love of hunting and his great need for exercise, he can adapt to city life. He will be able to live there very well as long as the master is ready to provide him with several outings where he can spend his abundant energy.

He is compatible with all and never aggressive. Even if he is reserved with strangers, he is quite sociable except with his fellow dogs that he does not particularly appreciate. His canine socialization must be instilled in him from an early age, especially if he has to live with other dogs.

He can sometimes be stubborn and his education will have to be firm and adequate.

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Breed Appearance

German Wirehaired Pointer

This robustly built hound has a very distinguished look and an energetic silhouette with a harmonious gait and great amplitude.

His rough coat gives him a very special and unique look.


Between 61 and 68 cm (24.02 to 26.77 inches) for the male
Between 57 and 64 cm (22.44 to 25.20 inches) for the female


Between 25 and 35 kg (55.12 to 77.16 pounds) for the male
Between 25 and 35 kg (55.12 to 77.16 pounds) for the female


The color of his coat is brown mixed with white, black mixed with white, brown with or without white patches or a beautiful light roan.


His "wiry" hair is dense and flat. It also has a very tight, waterproof undercoat that makes it weather resistant.


His head has a flat skull with a well defined stop. His eyes are generally very dark and not protruding.

His ears are not curled and medium size. His nose is well pigmented. His tail is slightly upward pointing and is carried as horizontal as possible.

According to the FCI breeds nomenclature, this breed belongs to group 7, section 1 and is #98

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Health of the Deutsch Drahthaar

Strong and sturdy, he is rarely sick. The breed is not affected by any particular pathology and the health of the specimens is generally excellent. He can live a long life if he is provided with proper living conditions.


His ears must be monitored regularly and it is preferable to brush him at least once a week.

His wiry coat needs regular maintenance. No other special maintenance is required.

History of this breed

The German Wirehaired Pointer is the result of the crossbreeding between several breeds, including the Poodle, Pudelpointer, Airedale Terrier, Korthal and German Roughhaired Pointer.

He was designed to create an efficient hunting dog with a strong character. His name comes from his wirehaired coat, which is the result of many cross-breeds.

His club was founded in 1902 and he was introduced to Americans in 1920. The breed was officially recognized in 1955. Today, he is very well known in his country and is nevertheless quite widespread elsewhere in Europe, especially in France.

Selected to become an appreciated hunting dog, he is distinguished by his weather-resistant coat and great versatility. He is one of the most appreciated hunting dogs in his homeland and the most popular hunting dog in Germany.

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