German Roughhaired Pointer


The German Roughhaired Pointer is a noble and rather rare breed. He is a hunting and excellent guard dog. He is by no means a family dog, but he is still very loyal and devoted to his master.

Height 58 to 70 cm
Weight 25 to 30 kg
Life expectancy 12 to 13 years
Home country Germany

Quick Overview of the German Roughhaired Pointer


  • Balanced and loving
  • Faithful and skillful
  • Sometimes aggressive
  • Unsociable towards strangers


  • Powerful build
  • Athletic silhouette
  • Friendly appearance
  • Lightly coarse hair


  • Rarely ill
  • No particular pathology
  • Rustic and solid

Temperament of the German Roughhaired Pointer

Balanced, affectionate but exclusive, loyal, skillful, active and even aggressive at times, he is an excellent hunting dog.

He's quite loyal but selective. He is not very sociable with strangers or children either. He is very independent and dominant.

The Stichelhaar is an exercise and hunting dog with a unique and selective character. He does not really like to live in a family environment because he is the dog of one master.

He prefers couples or singles by far. He likes to capture his master's full attention and is even sometimes jealous of other dogs.

Socialization must be inculcated at a very early age and his education must be adequate in order to dominate and control him well.

This excellent guardian can become aggressive if necessary, which is one of the reasons it is preferable that he avoids contact with children.

He does not appreciate them and his aggressiveness and need for exclusivity is not really compatible either.

He obviously prefers wide open spaces to run, but a city dweller can own one if he is willing to take him out several times a day for regular periods of intense exercise.

Breed Appearance

German Wirehaired Pointer

Endowed with a powerful constitution, this medium-size dog is muscular and has an athletic silhouette ideal for exercise.

His friendly face hides a strong temperament and sometimes sharp character.


Between 60 and 70 cm (23.62 to 27.56 inches) for the male
Between 58 and 68 cm (22.83 to 26.77 inches) for the female


Between 25 and 30 kg (55.12 to 66.14 pounds) for the male
Between 25 and 30 kg (55.12 to 66.14 pounds) for the female


The coat is a pretty brown color, with or without white spots. It can also be a pretty light roan.


His harsh coat hair is scattered, stiff and spiky.


The German Roughhaired Pointer has a broad head with a slightly domed skull and defined stop.

His eyes are a beautiful brown color, oval shaped and medium size.

His pretty, high set ears hanging along the head are medium size.

His nose is generally light to dark brown.

His tail, slightly curved upwards, is straight and medium length.

According to the FCI breeds nomenclature, this breed belongs to group 7, section 1 and is #232

Health of the German Roughhaired Pointer

The German Roughhaired Pointer is rarely sick. He is robust and generally without any particular pathology.

His ears are however more fragile and some subjects can be affected by ear infections.

A regular check of the ears will help prevent this. Hardy and solid, his life expectancy is also appreciable.


His ears should be monitored and brushing done regularly. His spiky coat requires a minimum of maintenance.

No other special care is required.

History of this breed

Of all the roughhaired dogs, he is the oldest. The German Roughhaired Pointer comes from Germany, as his name suggests.

Hans von Kadisch proved, in 1888, that he was the roughhaired variety of the former German Oysel and not just a variety of shorthaired pointing dog.

The German Roughhaired Pointer is definitely not a recent breed. It is one of the oldest dog breeds that was developed and selected from specimens that survived in the country.

In 1892, the "Club du Stichelhaar" was founded but changed its name to "Verein Deutsch Stichelhaar" in 1976.

All cross-breeding with English breeds was then excluded by the club and from the very beginning, the enforcement of the purebred breeding rules was introduced.

Essentially an excellent hunting dog, he is sometimes used for guarding but he is not a family dog. He prefers an athletic couple or a single person with a similar temperament.

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