General Appearance: 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.

Head: 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.


Coat: 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.

Color: 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
severely penalized.

Gait: 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.

Temperament: 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.
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