|The German Wirehaired Pointer is a well muscled, medium sized dog of distinctive
appearance. Balanced in size and sturdily built, the breed’s most distinguishing
characteristics are its weather resistant, wire-like coat and its facial furnishings.
Typically Pointer in character and style, the German Wirehaired Pointer is an
intelligent, energetic and determined hunter.
Size, Proportion, Substance
The height of males should be from 24 to 26 inches at the withers. Bitches are
smaller but not under 22 inches. To insure the working quality of the breed is
maintained, dogs that are either over or under the specified height must be severely
penalized. The body is a little longer than it is high, as ten is to nine. The German
Wirehaired Pointer is a versatile hunter built for agility and endurance in the field.
Correct size and balance are essential to high performance.
The head is moderately long. Eyes are brown, medium in size, oval in contour,
bright and clear and overhung with medium length eyebrows. Yellow eyes are not
desirable. The ears are rounded but not too broad and hang close to the head. The
skull broad and the occipital bone not too prominent. The stop is medium. The
muzzle is fairly long with nasal bone straight, broad and parallel to the top of the
skull. The nose is dark brown with nostrils wide open. A spotted or flesh colored
nose is to be penalized. The lips are a trifle pendulous but close to the jaw and
bearded. The jaws are strong with a full complement of evenly set and properly
intermeshing teeth. The incisors meet in a true scissors bite.
Neck, Topline, Body
The neck is of medium length, slightly arched and devoid of dewlap. The entire
back line showing a perceptible slope down from withers to croup. The skin
throughout is notably tight to the body. The chest is deep and capacious with ribs
well sprung. The tuck-up apparent. The back is short, straight and strong. Loins are
taut and slender. Hips are broad with the croup nicely rounded. The tail is set high,
carried at or above the horizontal when the dog is alert. The tail is docked to
approximately two-fifths of its original length.
The shoulders are well laid back. The forelegs are straight with elbows close. Leg
bones are flat rather than round, and strong, but not so heavy or coarse as to
militate against the dog’s natural agility. Dewclaws are generally removed. Round in
outline the feet are webbed, high arched with toes close, pads thick and hard, and
nails strong and quite heavy.
The angles of the hindquarters balances that of the forequarters. A straight line
drawn vertically from the buttock (ischium) to the ground should land just in front of
the rear foot. The thighs are strong and muscular. The hind legs are parallel when
viewed from the rear. The hocks (metatarsus) are short, straight and parallel turning
neither in nor out. Dewclaws are generally removed. Feet as in forequarters.
The functional wiry coat is the breed’s most distinctive feature. A dog must have a
correct coat to be of correct type. The coat is weather resistant and, to some extent,
water-repellent. The undercoat is dense enough in winter to insulate against the
cold but is so thin in summer as to be almost invisible. The distinctive outer coat is
straight, harsh, wiry and flat lying, and is from one to two inches in length. The
outer coat is long enough to protect against the punishment of rough cover, but not
so long as to hide the outline of the dog. On the lower legs the coat is shorter and
between the toes it is of softer texture. On the skull the coat is naturally short and
close fitting. Over the shoulders and around the tail it is very dense and heavy. The
tail is nicely coated, particularly on the underside, but devoid of feather. Eyebrows
are of strong, straight hair. Beard and whiskers are medium length. The hairs in the
liver patches of a liver and white dog may be shorter than the white hairs. A short
smooth coat, a soft woolly coat, or an excessively long coat is to be severely
penalized. While maintaining a harsh, wiry texture, the puppy coat may be shorter
than that of an adult coat. Coats may be neatly groomed to present a dog natural in
appearance. Extreme and excessive grooming to present a dog artificial in
appearance should be severely penalized.
The coat is liver and white, usually either liver and white spotted, liver roan, liver
and white spotted with ticking and roaning or solid liver. The head is liver,
sometimes with a white blaze. The ears are liver. Any black in the coat is to be
The dog should be evaluated at a moderate gait. Seen from the side, the movement
is free and smooth with good reach in the forequarters and good driving power in
the hindquarters. The dog carries a firm back and exhibits a long, ground-covering
stride. When moving in a straight line the legs swing forward in a free and easy
manner and show no tendency to cross or interfere. There should be no signs of
elbowing out. The rear legs follow on a line with the forelegs. As speed increases,
the legs will converge toward a center line of travel.
Of sound, reliable temperament, the German Wirehaired Pointer is at times aloof but
not unfriendly toward strangers; a loyal and affectionate companion who is eager
to please and enthusiastic to learn.