The German Wirehaired Pointer was developed in Germany in the late 1800's. The breeder's goal was to produce the all-round
sporting dog. The dog must be able to find and point game as well as retrieve the wounded and killed. It must work the thickets
on command, track and trail as well as retrieve in water. The dogs, with appropriate training, must work equally well with
game birds, rabbits, fox, deer and boar.
The Griffon and Stichelhaar were selected to provide the desirable type of coat. The Pudel Pointer introduced to add
the abilities of the Pointer as well as the high degree of intelligence and sporting abilites of the Poodle. The German Shorthaired
Pointer was also used to intensify the pointing instincts.
The fight for recognition was hard and long, and not untill 1928, after the breed had held the leading position in registration
for Sporting dogs, did the Duetsch Drahthaar (German Wirehaired Pointer) gain membership in the German Kartell for dogs. It
was finally commonly recognized that the breed had reached its goal to develop a rough-coated sporting dog that answered the
sportsman's all-round demands.
The first Wirehairs were brought to this country in the early 1920's. However, it was not until after World War 2 that
the breed achieved any degree of popularity here. Many American serviceman has seen the dogs perform in the field in Europe.
They were obviously pleased with what they had seen, for many of them made arrangements to have dogs brought to the United
States. A breed club was formed by a group of Chicagoans in 1950. The breed was officialy recognized by the American Kennel
Club in 1959 as the German Wirehaired Pointer.
Wirehairs make excellent companions for people who want to spend time with their dogs. They are affectionate and devoted
to "their people", although somewhat aloof with strangers. They enjoy children and tend to be protective of their families.
Because of this tendency to be protective, they shoud be well socialized when they are young. They do not make particularly
good kennel dogs since they desire to be included in your activities. Wires are intelligent and eager to please, but
often they have their own ideas about how things should be done. They are sensitive dogs and do not take well to harsh correction,
but rather need to be patiently shown what it is you want them to do.
Wires are clowns, and if you share their sense of humor, they can work well for you in the field and obedience ring. They
require a trainer with a fair sense of discipline who can see life from a dog's point of view.
By nature of their original intent, these dogs need adequate exercise, but are adaptable to a small yard and long walks,
along with romps in the field. Wires excel in their field instincts and in their unquestioned loyalty.
If you want a companion dog with lots of personality and the ability to think for itself, a German Wirehair Pointer could
be just the dog for you.
Taking a break from work
"KAOS" and 2 of his sons ("KORBIN" and "KARVER") out for a romp in the backyard.