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German Wirehaired Pointer

German Wirehaired Pointer

German Wirehaired Pointers have boundless energy, so activity is incredibly important to this breed. They benefit from activity in open spaces. Be prepared to spend at least two hours a day at the dog park playing fetch or taking your pointer for long walks, hikes or runs.

Mess Factor:
German Wirehaired Pointers aren’t heavy shedders. Daily or bi-weekly brushing should keep your home relatively hair free.
Barking and Volume:
Because of their enthusiasm to play, hunt or be on the move, this breed will bark at just about anything. They’ll also speak up when they’re bored or feel like they’re being ignored.
Training Requirements:
A loyal and intelligent breed, German Wirehaired Pointers are like eager school kids waiting to be taught new and important tricks. Because of their enthusiasm to learn, they can do so quickly. You may be able to complete most of their training at home, although a puppy class is always useful.
Ongoing Costs:
Health Factors: As an active breed, German Wirehaired Pointers have few health problems. Some suffer from cancers, hip dysplasia, ear and eye infections. *A reputable breeder can help minimize the risk of genetic disorders.
Grooming: Home grooming is adequate.
Training: Basic training will do.
Grooming Requirements:
This is one low-maintenance dog. Because their coat is made-to-be-messy looking (like high-fashion bedhead), it’s best to brush them once a week and to avoid regular bathing unless they get into something exceptionally dirty. Cleaning their eyes and ears should be a high grooming priority.
Kid Compatibility:
This breed can be distant with children or can get annoyed if poked and prodded. If both the dog and children are properly socialized though, a German Wirehaired Pointer can be your child’s best friend.
12-14 years.
Friendliness: Towards Animals
This dog was bred for hunting and if given the opportunity, that’s exactly what they’ll do. Even though they’re friendly, it’s best to keep a close eye on your German Wirehaired Pointer when they’re around smaller animals who can be seen as prey.
Friendliness: Towards People
German Wirehaired Pointers love to be kept occupied and love to be involved in whatever is going on in and around the home, so they tend to like being around people. They can be protective if they feel that their parents are being threatened. They also enjoy building bonds with new people and warm up to strangers.
BE PREPARED FOR: A loving and loyal dog that may have his picture under the word “hyperactive” in the dictionary.

Links and Resources:
German Wirehaired Pointer club of America
German Wirehaired Pointer Rescue
German Wirehaired Pointer and baby

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